A three day weekend

It all started off knowing we had company coming for the weekend. I planned on not writing a single word. My in-laws brought their German Shorthair puppy with them.

Jagger is cute, but he’s not a tiny puppy any more. He’s big, but still thinks he’s a puppy. He never stops moving. He’s up, he’s down, he’s here, he’s there. He jumps up, makes you spill things, and even tries to pull things off the wall.

Call me crazy, but I kind of like him. The place was a madhouse, but if the bulldogs can handle it, so can I.

We went to dinner one night, but it was pretty mediocre compared to most of the places we go. We also watched movies. Friday night, I chose one called “Don’t Look Up.” I loved it. It’s full of dark snarky humor about the world we live in during a natural disaster. It has a top shelf cast, too.

My brother-in-law wanted to watch “The Last Duel,” Saturday night. I suggest you don’t waste your time. It has some moments, but I just didn’t feel it. Some of this has to do with the way the story unfolded. Open en media res, then tell the same story three different times from three points of view to get back to where we opened.

Old What’s Her Face had to go in at midnight last night. My MO on these nights is to stay up so she can sleep as much as possible. I started “The Eternals” before she turned in, then turned the television off after the film ended.

It wasn’t horrible, but I expected more from that cast. It was also hard to get over the “gotta catch ’em all” mentality. It was so inclusive that it felt like Marvel was shoving it down my throat.

After the movie, I had hours left with nothing to do. I opened my space opera and started reviewing. I’d worked myself to a point that I have to describe so some of you will get the problem.

I can’t make this tale into Lanternfish in space. There’s no piracy, and staying away from everyone is part of this spy mission. That means, I’ve milked space travel about as much as I can between the locations. In Lanternfish I could toss in a sea monster or a pirate battle. Space is big and empty.

My crew was at the turning point, but getting them from point to point had be minimized to a degree. I’d been stewing over this for weeks, but finally just wrote it. I like the way it turned out, and they discovered a much bigger problem than their tiny lives would have cared about.

I even moved on to how they’re going to deliver the news about what they discovered, because they invaded enemy territory to find this out. They had to shoot their way out, so it’s really an act of war. Except, they aren’t officially with any government. That won’t stop the bad guys from putting their propaganda department on it and making the good side look like the aggressors.

What I’m liking is all the problems my crew created while trying to do something both good and profitable. They may have to answer for some things now. That’s good tension, and I can use it as I move on. They could even have some enemies among the good guys.

I have a large section ahead where a kind of mentor can give them some focus and possibly put them to more productive work. They have a unique ship like nothing else in the galaxy. It could be used for more covert missions, but it’s in private ownership because of the laws of salvage.

This ship was simply missing for a hundred years, and was a relic of a previous war. My people found it and put it to good use. It’s theirs. My as-yet-to-appear mentor is a different kind of creature, and was present for this ship’s creation. He’s going to have some sympathy for my main characters.

Anything involving answering for crimes, the mentor, and what value their information might have is something for another writing session.

I failed to keep track, but it feels like about 8000 words to me. It was a great session. This particular tale is at 44K words right now. It’s a concern making word count without some things happening between locations, but I’m working on it.

Not too bad for a bonus I didn’t expect. Hope all of you had great weekends, too.

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44 responses to “A three day weekend

  1. Sounds like you enjoyed the weekend.

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  2. It sounds like you’re really digging in with the space opera. That’s awesome progress. I only managed 1400 words this weekend, but I’ll take it.
    I’m glad you got to enjoy time with family (and pups) plus manage more words on your WIP!

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    • I’m having a concern about word count now. I would like three books at around 90K each. I don’t think I’m going to make it, but I’ll keep typing away. I can get a lot of mileage about exploring the environment and might focus on some of that.

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  3. That’s a busy and productive weekend. I heard of ‘The Last Knight’ and it seemed like a love it or hate it film. Haven’t seen anyone give it a middle-of-the-road review. Though, I might be getting it mixed up with another movie called ‘The Green Knight’.

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  4. Mar

    Sounds like you had an exciting weekend, Craig! I feel like Jagger and I would get along, but I tend to like animals more than humans. lol “Don’t Look Up” is on our list to watch, and we also watched “The Eternals” this weekend. Honestly, I loved it, but I had no clue what to expect going into it so there were a lot of surprises to me. It’s nice getting a glimpse into your writing and the challenges that come along with it. Although, you glide right through those challenges it seems.

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    • Jagger is really cute, but he’s like perpetual motion. Eternals was okay, but some of the underlying stuff felt forced. It sounds like gliding through the issues, but I’ve been stalled for a couple of weeks. forcing a couple of paragraphs really helped. I can smooth the transition out later.

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      • Mar

        Perpetual motion. I like that. Maybe I could learn from Jagger’s ways. I could get a lot of writing done. I envy your ability of forcing words out. I haven’t been able to nail that skill down yet.

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  5. D.L. Finn, Author

    Nice you got to enjoy family and got in some bonus writing!

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  6. Sounds like you had a fun weekend, Craig. Jagger sounds like a real cutie! 8000 words is a brilliant achievement. Have a lovely week 💕🙂

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  7. Sounds like you’re making progress. I can imagine the “puppy” and the bulldogs!

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  8. The message of Don’t Look Up was painfully accurate. My favorite part was the very last scene. I knew that was going to pay off at some point, and I laughed aloud when it did.

    You had a huge writing day. Kudos!

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  9. I had to laugh out loud at Jagger. I can envision the spirited pup. 🙂 Great progress on your WIP, Craig. I have to disagree with one thing you said though. You said, “Space is big and empty.” I would be willing to bet there are monsters of all kinds out there in the galaxy. Maybe even huge star monsters or a wild mist leading into a black hole. Heck, I don’t know. But don’t discount it. You have such a vivid imagination, I’m sure you could come up with something. 🙂 I have seen the previews for “Don’t Look Up” but haven’t watched it yet. Maybe tonight.

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  10. Gwen M. Plano

    What a fun weekend, Craig. I also enjoyed Don’t Look Up. I think I’ve seen more movies this last year than all the prior years together. As for writing, I’m impressed by your progress. I wish I could follow in your footsteps. 🙂

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  11. It’s ironic. We spent the long weekend with our grandson and his wife and their black Lab. Their dog can get into anything. The only place to keep food safe in the kitchen is by putting it on top of the refrigerator. Emily was hungry for cupcakes, so we baked a bunch and put some in a big Lock ‘n Lock container for them to take home. We THOUGHT that would stop her, but she opened it and licked the streusel topping off of every single one of them, so we had to pitch them. The dog’s a sweetheart, though. Glad you still got some writing in. Happy you got past a snag that was slowing you down.

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  12. My daughter has a German Shepard “puppy”. A year and some? Non stop. At home we have an Irish Setter “puppy”. Right at a year. And a 2.5 year old Irish that weighs 82 lbs. My daughter likes to bring her dog over occasionally. Forget getting anything done on those days. The en media res bit with late arriving out of sync back story dumps seems to be all the rage. I can’t watch all the non-linear Coben Netflix stuff which seems to be adapted for extended episodes with gaping plot holes. As for inclusivity, I have Noir underway. PWA suggests “server” or “Attendant” every time I use “waitress.” I find server very close to “servant”. Which is far more derogatory than waitress. A waitress can have your dining experience by the balls. A server bows and goes away.

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  13. We also watched Don’t Look Up. Son #1 and I loved it, hubby not so much – that’s par for the course with him. Outstanding cast. The Eternals is on my list.

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  14. It’s so nice of you to stay up so Dear What’s Her Face can get as much sleep as possible. Enjoy the rest of your week, Craig!

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  15. I’ve watched the trailer for Don’t Look Up. Looks excellent. Added it to my watch list.

    8,000 words is amazing! Sounds like the novel’s coming together nicely. 🙂

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  16. I loved “Don’t Look Up,” Craig. It was the perfect commentary on what’s happening in the US these days. And great writing session. Sometimes I think we just need to stop thinking and start writing. It usually helps work some of the knots loose. Enjoy!

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  17. HI Craig, what a great writing session. 8,000 words in a sitting is way out of reach for me. 2,000 is about my max. You are a maestro.

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  18. Don’t Look Up – watched with despair and amusement that they got everything so right.
    Eternals – enjoyed it, but it felt like one of those movies the MCU throws at us that feel like it’s just a filler/intro to the next phase.
    Don’t dogs put off becoming adults until they’re about four or five? 🙂

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  19. Victoria Zigler

    Sounds like that story is coming along nicely.

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  20. Sounds like an accomplishment to me. I wish I could say the same. I did edit this past week. My eyes are crossed.

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