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A happy day

I got another great five star review of Will O' the Wisp today. It seems like those who give this story a chance are really enjoying it. I really believe in this book, and am thrilled to hear when someone enjoys it.

I spent a large chunk of my morning writing. I have no idea how many words I wrote but it was thousands. Now that I'm past the middle, the words are flying once more.

All my characters left New Orleans and returned home. I manipulated everyone to a huge shootout at a local coffee shop. My heroine, the maguffin, the bad guy, the anti hero, even some supporting characters were there.

Someone got killed, someone got knocked cold, and a supporting character got his head torn completely off. (He's pouting about it now.) The maguffin changed hands for the last time.

I even did a spiffy job of getting rid of the body. Lots of story elements wove together in this section. I like it.

There are still some things for the characters to figure out. They have to use the maguffin to bring the larger problem to a close. Then I need a denouement that demonstrates each character moving on with life. I'll have to revisit my victim character as part of this. She has to show some kind of healing at the end.

Lisa the robot had to recharge herself. She got to play all the roles and move the furniture around. She's tired, but I could have kept going. I stopped so things wouldn't get silly.

Maybe you have to be a writer to get excited about this stuff.

Writing will come to a halt shortly. I have two weekends of other obligations ahead of me. I'm fine with that. Now that I'm racing toward the end, all pressure is off. I'll finish The Playground very soon. I may read through it in a month or so and make a few changes.

After that… Who knows? I won't start another novel for a while. I have some research to do, and some editing. I should probably do some more promotion for Will O' the Wisp.

I'm going to start outlining about six stories. Possibly this summer sometime. I need to see which ideas can hold up to a novel, and which ones might be better as short stories. I've never done this before, but it feels like a good idea.

So all in all, it was a good day. New words, big chapter, a plan to move forward, and a five star review. That's a good place to end my rotating day off. Back to the paycheck job tomorrow.


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Get along little Word Doggies

I spent yesterday working on a project for a friend. I finished at 10:00PM, and by the time I’d proofread my notes, and tailored a decent email it was midnight.

I skipped one of my regular blogging nights, but it was for a good cause. I’m off today,because it’s a holiday. It’s Columbus Day in the US, and even then most people don’t get it off.

I set aside some writing time, and used it wisely. I’d like to have done more, and there are about eight hors left to me. My brain is tired though, and it’s time to stop.

My heroine did battle with a supernatural baddie, and prevailed. This is her first experience, and there were a few mistakes made. Now she has to do battle with a “corporate” bully, and that takes a completely different skill set. I’ll save that for next time.

My thuggish anti hero is way ahead of my heroine in the race for a MacGuffin she doesn’t even know exists yet. That adds a level of tension I’m kind of digging. I’m going to leave them both for now. Like I said, my brain is tired.

I’m about to get company for several weeks in a row, so most of my fiction will be of the daydreaming phase. That isn’t a bad thing. It makes the story stronger in most cases.

Progress today is in the form of 2915 new words. Total words at 32,272. I have no deadline. I might finish by Thanksgiving, or it might take until Memorial day. I have a theory there’s going to be time available as winter takes hold.

Now I’m off to read your blogs; something else I’m behind on.


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