Slower going today

Lizzie and the hat went a little slower than I anticipated today. It makes perfect sense when I think about it. I’m in the phase where I’m still moving pieces around.

Once I got past some of this in Mari’s story my word count really picked up. I had to get Lizzie inside the server farm so she could deal with the gremlins. That didn’t go well, so she needed help.

Some of this stems from the ongoing series aspect here. I can’t just plop Dash Goodman into the story without some minor reintroductions. We’re also exploring a new part of Good Liniment for this help, and I need to slow down and describe it. I have every intention that someone could pick this story up without ever having read any of the others and not feel lost.

Turns out the basement at Good Liniment might be even more interesting than the bar and restaurant upstairs.

This is going to turn into a wild goose chase to find something to deal with the gremlins. Imagine trying to kill cockroaches with pistols. She needs a new tool. It’s going to allow Lizzie to foster a relationship with Joyeux DuPont, and allow me to introduce a new witch entirely.

This one won’t be quite as dark as some of its predecessors. I’ve gotten Lizzie shot before, gave her a mental meltdown, and there have been some brutal killings in previous volumes. I can afford one that’s a bit lighter.

This doesn’t mean Lizzie will have a cakewalk. I intend to put her under a curse that could be career ending. (I intend to play it for humor.)

Another thing I could be struggling with is the publication schedule. Good Liniment is on Amazon right now. Midnight Rambler will come out this Fall. Goodbye Old Paint could include growth points from a story nobody’s seen yet. I don’t think this is the problem, though. Moving the pieces into place always takes time for me.

I’d like to fit Kevin the vampire in here somehow, but he’s not exactly working for this story. Dash’s kind of help seems more pertinent. I also need to come up with something for Night Bump Radio, but government hacking should be a simple enough idea. Tying it to the urban legend of Hellpox might take some serious thought.

Word count came to 2200 today. About a thousand off from what Mari’s last writing day produced.


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19 responses to “Slower going today

  1. 2200 is still a good amount.

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  2. I love that you make each book in The Hat series a standalone. And a little lighter book is okay too. Great word count! I would take it!

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  3. That’s a good word amount. Does look like a lot of progress even if it’s slow.

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  4. Gwen M. Plano

    Great progress, Craig. Bravo…

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  5. 2200 sounds great to me! And the story sounds really interesting. Go, Craig!

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  6. The basement may be more interesting than the bar? Hmm…I can’t wait to see what takes place there. And you know how I LOVE Night Bump Radio! 🤣

    2200 words is a productive day. Congrats on the word count.
    I’ve got to do a final edit on my latest, then I hope to jump on a new WIP, but as always, time is the problem. One of these days.

    Happy Father’s Day!

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  7. Victoria Zigler

    Excellent progress!


  8. D.L. Finn, Author

    That’s a good day!

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  9. Another nice word count! I finally started Lunar Boogie over the weekend – I’m so behind.

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  10. Great going, Craig. Hats off to you.

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