A little better today

I’m definitely in the middle slog with Mari’s swamp story. I broke the 40,000 word mark by the time I quit and ended at a chapter. (Half a novel. Woo-hoo!)

This can’t be an action sequence, so there was a lot of training involved. Some of it quite brutal and she has bruises and scrapes everywhere. I also included a tiny bit of world building, but didn’t get too deep this far into the story.

I’ve reached the point where it’s time for her to pick up the trail once more. There are more clues to where the killers went in the next town, but she’s better prepared for what she’s seeking now.

Oddly enough, an old movie called Hannie Caulder came on the other night. There are some similarities to the story I’m telling, but I think mine is better. Of course, I don’t have access to Raquel Welch, but I like Mari and she’s doing just fine.

This is one of those stories where I could kill my main character in the last chapter and it would work out well. I’m sure it would be a stronger story because of that. I also know I’ll never actually do it.

I took one tiny break to Google wildflowers of the Florida Panhandle, for the sake of accuracy. This world is full of exotic creatures, because Florida is that way now. A few wildflowers help blend everything together.

There’s a pretty good chance I’ll pick up Lizzie and the hat the next time I take up the keyboard. This is a great point to leave Mari, and she even has a roof over her head this time.

While I already know what’s going to happen with all my stories, sometimes switching tales brings new ideas and thoughts.

I’d kind of like to have her cross the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. It would take about eight days by ox and wagon from where she is now. This is because after an extended war and nationwide system failures, it makes for a decent struggle. Imagine trying to live off the land, but there is only a swamp and it’s below you, out of reach.

My research says this thing is eighteen miles long. I can stage it so there’s at least one uncomfortable and hungry night spent on the bridge. Fill it with holes from war damage, add a ton of ox, and it could be interesting. No area for grazing either, which could cause a critical delay if I come up with something. Weigh that against the odds of my spelling the damned thing correctly.

I’ll have to ponder it while moving the hat forward in his next adventure.

Hope everyone out there is having a great weekend.

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32 responses to “A little better today

  1. Sounds like you’ve been very busy!

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  2. It all sounds fascinating. Good luck, Craig

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  3. That’s definitely a location name that will drive spellchecker crazy. I’d cheat and copy/paste it every time I need to use it.

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  4. Glad you’re not going to kill Mari at the end of the book. That’s always a downer, and it sounds like you’re already giving her a hard time. Hope the ideas come while you switch to Lizzie. And have a nice weekend!

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  5. Our weekend has not been a patch on yours, Craig. Hoping for a last minute miracle. (Rain would be nice too!)

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  6. I’ve crossed that bridge, and yes, it is that long. Nothing but swamp and alligators. 🙂 I cant imagine what it was like before modern highways.

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  7. I can’t even begin to pronounce the name of that bridge.

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  8. I’m glad you gave her an ox and wagon. Imaging the trek across without it.

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  9. Sounds like progress, Craig. Lots of tension for sure!

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  10. I feel your pain with accuracy. My late husband helped with when it came to hand-to-hand fighting scenes and military stuff. Re feeding the oxen, I wonder, is there edible chaff left behind in the cane fields for the oxen? Lots of sugar cane growing in FL, or was when I visited. Not sure abut the extent of your devastation. I also remember seeing the white herons walking through some kind of greenery in the roadside ditches which also could be a water source for cattle.

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    • Water doesn’t seem to be an issue. Even feed hasn’t been a problem. Put them on a bridge in the air above it all and it could become one. Human food has been a little more difficult, but I’m also using invasive species, both flora and fauna, to fill the gaps.

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  11. Interesting comment about being able to kill off the main character for a stronger story, but knowing you won’t. Some readers don’t like to see main characters die, even for a more dramatic ending. Have fun getting over the bridge. Happy Writing!

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  12. Sounds like the new schedule is working out. Congrats on 40K! I’m there, too. Woohoo!

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  13. You’ve made great progress, Craig!

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  14. Hi Craig, your comment about killing your MC made me smile. To date, a lot of mine are already dead. I’m glad you are managing to write despite the change in your work hours.

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