The Journal, Monday, 12/14

Hi Folks,

Well, on the second day of my new system of writing during my quiet time, I messed it up. (grin)

On the up side, I limited my waking up time to about ten minutes. On the down side, I spent the next two and a half hours on admin stuff, prepping The Scent of Acacias for layout for print. Sigh. I forgot I hadn’t done that yet.

I already have folks wanting boxed sets of the trade paperbacks. Hard to sell those when I don’t have them prepped yet. (grin)

I need to name my writing computer. Maybe I’ll call him Hal as a nod to 2001: A Space Oddyssey. I’ve always found it disrespectful that Picard barks “Computer” to preface a request to the ship, yet he recognizes the android/robot Data as a viable life form.

The Day

Rolled out right at 3 after a rough night, the first part of which I spent sitting up on the couch. I keep saying I’m gonna get a recliner, but if I do that I might not ever get anything done again. (grin) Little girl cat came in and got me around 11, so I picked her up and we both went to bed. She’s such a good kit. She takes care of me as much as I take care of her. Give that girl opposable thumbs, there’s nothing she couldn’t do.

So email and the first mugga coffee, then the stuff above and then here to start this journal entry. And now it’s almost 5:30 and I’m turning for the first time to my old buddy Hal.

Today’s Writing

Well, Hal and I did all right. We did a little more reconstructive surgery, but mostly just writing off into the dark. I love that. Especially when I have talkative characters, a tense situation, and a desire on the part of one of the “good” characters not to defuse the situation but to nuke the bad guys.

Okay, the scene I’m talking about was a five year old girl and a six year old girl facing down five older kids. So no nukes, but some serious attitude adjustments. Great fun.

Today I worked through three “normal” sessions of about an hour and two shorter ones.

I think I have one more wound to close tomorrow (maybe two), and will do a lot of writing into the dark to cover the patch. After that it’s onward and outward to the end.

Y’know, I enjoy these characters so much, I hope they do somethign I can turn into a true series. (Not a saga, one long story, like the Wes Crowley thing, but an actual series.)

Fiction Words: 3436
Nonfiction Words: 492

Writing of Norval Babineaux
(Words brought forward 5231)
Day 1…… 3059 words. Total words to date…… 8290 words
Day 2…… 3486 words. Total words to date…… 11726 words

Total fiction words for the month……… 36489
Total fiction words for the year………… 640480

Total nonfiction words for the month… 10333
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 52435 (since September 1)