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Being a good spouse

I planned on writing some new fiction today, but it didn’t quite work out the way we planned. The new range was scheduled to arrive today, and my wife had an appointment for an alignment and service on her car.

The original plan was to have me wait for Sears, and keep an eye on the dogs. She would take the car and go shopping on the way home. Somewhere in the middle of coffee she said she was cancelling her car appointment, because the area behind the old range was dirty.

I suggested that if that was a big deal we could simply trade tasks. I would slide the old range out and she could have things ready before Sears even got here.

When I got to the dealership, they said to expect a four and a half hour wait. They also said the diagnostic on a Bluetooth problem she was having would be $199, and it might not solve anything. I called my wife, and we’re going to try a couple of things on our own. At minimum, we can completely disconnect her phone, then re-acquaint it with her car. That might fix things.

I fooled everyone though. Peterson Motors has a small business section with wifi and places to plug in electronics. I brought my iPad with me and set up shop. Without the Bluetooth issue, the appointment only took two hours.

I managed about 1200 new words. That isn’t great, but considering the environment, I’m pretty happy about it.

The big bad revealed himself. The love interest is a captive, and the boys are forced into doing something evil to prevent further evil being done upon her person. I’m anxious to get through this section and start generally making a big mess of things and wreaking havoc. I might even get to kill some characters before the weekend ends.

It wasn’t a perfect day, but I salvaged it in pretty acceptable fashion.

Tonight we decided to christen our new range by…

…wait for it…

Ordering Tai takeout food.

Two more days off. I have at least one post to assemble and schedule, but I expect more fiction to happen too. I’ll have the place to myself on President’s Day.

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Sometimes I get lucky

My wife’s new schedule sucks, but it plays into my plans on occasion. I also call my parents every Sunday, but they’re on vacation right now. I started my day, like always. Dogs got fed, social media got surfed, other apps that drive news to me got browsed.

Then I read the last two chapters I wrote on The Hat. I’m at the phase where plants and payoffs have to get installed and not just the loose storyboarding I do. This led to deleting nearly a thousand words. Some of this has to do with the fact that Lizzie’s Mini Cooper doesn’t have a trunk, it has a tailgate. Oops.

The dogs were in sleep mode for some reason. They’re crazy right now, but I’ve learned to strike when the iron is hot. I replaced everything I deleted with better words, then added more. Days like this make me wish I kept a better count, but it looks like I wrote about 5000 new words total. The story is a handful of words under 20K right now.

Lizzie came away from the disaster with a partial victory. Any subsequent attempts won’t go so easily. She had a crisis of faith during the disaster event, and there was a bit of soul searching. We also learned about some new abilities the hat has, and they’re kind of scary.

I need to go back again and make specific parts of the aftermath more personal for Lizzie. It involves little things, but will make some of it more real. My next move will be to go back through and flesh a lot of things out. In fact I may start from the first page and do this. I like to move forward with confidence, and doing these things helps me move forward. It may sound like one step forward and two steps back, but I’m about ten thousand words ahead of where I thought I’d be right now.

Lizzie did a bit of shopping therapy after moving where the bad guys went. In a way, it’s revealing the confidence she will need to get through the next phase. She’s looking like a more legitimate superhero now. She also has a new fatalistic attitude that could be just what’s needed… or actually fatal if things don’t work out.

I engaged in an extensive text thread with my daughter, and fashion consultant. I needed to make sure Lizzie’s new outfit made sense. She read what I had and said it sounds great.

I’m setting myself up for something odd too. This story will require a longer denouement than others I’ve written. After the main story ends, I want about three things to happen to sew up loose ends. I’ve always believed that was a bad thing. I’m worried about it, but maybe I’ll gain clarity by the time I get there. This has to do with it being a buddy story. They each need their bit of something, but they need something together too.

I want to try something fun in this book, but I’ll be damned if I can figure it out. When I do a story break, I center three asterisks (***) and jump the story ahead. Easy peasy right? This time, I would like to do three bass clefs. I can’t find a keystroke to include a bass clef to save my life. I even looked for emoji’s, and can’t find a bass clef. There are some treble clefs, and plenty of musical notes. Why no bass clef? I thought for sure Times New Roman would have one, it has all kinds of symbols.

Do any of you know how to tell a word processor to make a bass clef? Maybe I could use clip art and squeeze down to size.

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