Content with progress

Today is my flex day, and it’s nice when they tie into the weekends. I’ll start on my long change when I return to the office tomorrow. Since I work ten-hour shifts, four in a row gets kind of brutal. It’s my back mostly. Not a lot of nice recliners at the office.

During my vacation I had three goals, but only accomplished one and a half. This weekend I finished up that other half, then did a complete read-through of Midnight Rambler. I had a few things to fix, but it’s a fun story.

The hat has to face one of his enemies, and Lizzie finds a boyfriend of sorts. It all goes down during a major storm event that becomes almost a character in its own right.

Those who read all the stories will get hints of something that plays into my next project, but I’m still not abandoning the idea that each story stands alone.

My next move will be to send an email for a cover, internal graphics, and a couple of Lisa Burton posters. I just need to figure out what those might involve.

There were errands and such, too. We went from freezing to 86º in three days. I uncovered the air conditioner and got it running. I still haven’t set up the sprinkler system, but it’s been raining.

I also had to take my truck in for service. That cost me Saturday afternoon, since nothing is just around the corner here.

Old What’s Her Face signed up for a service called Peacock. It’s the NBC version of a streaming thing. I discovered one of my all-time favorite series on there and have been binge watching it. Crime Story is set in 1963. There’s a lot of neon, chrome, old cars, and a wonderful playlist involved. There’s also lots of murders and hits, the rise of a Mafioso, and the cop who’s trying to stop him. Who knows, maybe the Muse will bring me some fresh inspiration from all this.

Hope all of you enjoyed your weekends.


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31 responses to “Content with progress

  1. D.L. Finn, Author

    Sounds like you had a good break, Craig. We went from freezing to hot too. I’m hoping we get a bit more rain before it ends. I look forward to reading all your current projects 🙂

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  2. Sounds like a good blend of fun and progress. Good luck with your projects, Craig, and have a good week. Hope your back holds up 💕🙂

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  3. Sounds like you got a good amount accomplished

    The weather here has been nice, but we could use a bit more rain. I am sure there are those who would say we don’t but let’s be practical. We do.

    I did the usual non writing crap this past weekend. I did get tons of work done at the homestead, there is that. And I did manage a few notes for my WIP. It’s about time I did some writing for me.

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  4. Sounds like a good break, Craig. Yes, 4 ten-hour days are brutal, especially when there is also a commute. We are hugging triple digits here in Texas. It’s very early for these kinds of temperatures. The power companies are warning everyone to adjust their thermostats to 78 degrees to try and avoid blackouts. Can’t wait to read the new Lizzie and The Hat adventure! I know it will be entertaining. Congrats on getting ahead of the game, Craig!

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  5. Glad you accomplished both goals – it’s always nice to check something off the list. Now I’m trying to imagine how Lizzie with handle a boyfriend with the hat hanging around, lol.

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  6. Weather did something similar here. Not into the 80’s though. Brought tons of pollen, which has been brutal. Hope the approaching rains fix that issue.

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  7. Sounds like some nice time off and a good blend of getting things done. It’s nice to be ahead of the curve. It’s going to be hard to beat the cover you got for Good Liniment. I love that one. And hope your back is nice to you! 10 hours at the office is a long time.

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  8. Sounds like you made a lot of progress. The thought of working ten-hour days makes me exhausted. Good luck.

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  9. Dennis Farina at his coulda been a gangsta best! Any of those episodes fleshed out a little could stand alone as capers in the Parker/Leonard/Hammett tradition. Takeovers, botched heists, misdirects. Cool. Lizzie gets a boyfriend? That’s a roman candle. Finding workable middle ground between Lois Lane and Robin cliches ain’t gonna be easy. Good luck.

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  10. You are a busy bee on your flex days, Craig. Sounds like excellent progress!

    Unrelated: I recently finished an excellent novel that’s right up your alley. An apocalyptic fantasy called Hollow Kingdom. Ever hear of it? Normally, as you know, I don’t read a lot of fantasy (aside from your novels and Marcia’s; you two are my go-to authors for a fantasy fix). But I never read the description before buying it. A few friends sent me the recommendation because it’s narrated by a crow. I’m now deep into the sequel. And I keep thinking, Craig would love this!

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  11. HI Craig, 10 hours of sitting for 4 days in a row is tough. This happens to me too and sometimes its 6 days on the trot. Glad you are getting so much writing done.

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  12. You’ve got a lot going on there, my friend, with all these stories you write, a full life, and working FT too. Wonderful to get a few hints of what’s going with Lizzie and the Hat.

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  13. Lizzie gets a boyfriend? I can imagine the fun around that one, Craig. Stay warm or cool depending on the day. Keep up the creativity.

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