The Two Hundred and Seventy-First Post: The One Where I Question the Sense of Braving the Elements…

OK – it’s snowing where I’m at. While it’s not ‘Alaskan snow-drift’ deep…

Shown: The South

I am thinking whether or not I should head into work. I’ve driven in worse, but let’s face it – I don’t want to risk any more than I can afford to lose. I’ll take a look at the roads as the day wears on. One of the benefits of working in the evening is that everyone else gets to navigate the bad roads and I can just follow their trails (until they plow into a telephone pole). Hopefully, I can get through everything with minimum fuss.

Speaking of minimum fuss…I am still working on the outline for Cat, Rabbit and Clover. It’s getting a little close to me and I am finding myself falling back on where I got the idea for the story with my personal experiences involving the company that I was working for at that point – which I have to say while it was one of the better jobs I had and I loved everyone dearly, I was happy to see it go. As I am writing the outline and putting together the characters, I am finding myself putting in people that I know and just making the necessary cosmetic changes to make sure that I don’t get visited by the Process Servers of Days Gone By. I would have to go back and just change that for something that I can make up out of whole-cloth. It’s nothing big – just amazed on how the subconscious works at times. I am still on track to finish by the end of the month, so no big deal. Tyro is moving along quite nicely – she’s in the town and is about to stay the night after picking a pickpocket and getting him tossed in jail for it. I don’t know if that scene is going to stay in the final book (it does seem to be a little clichéd for me), but it is interesting to see her use her wits rather than brawn. I always liked those types of heroes anyways. I am aiming for a completion for Unbound‘s rough draft by the end of March, but since I am running the rough draft by the writer’s group it’s not going to see the light of day for at least a year. It’s projecting to be at least 150,000 words and I can only submit 2,000 words a month. I am thinking of looking for an editor who will take this apart with a hatred unseen since the dawn of man and make it better to try to speed up the process. There are some books that I’m not going to put through the group, but rather let some trusted friends read it and fix the biggest problems – the quicker I can get that done, the sooner I can get it to press as it were. Remember – quantity has a quality all its own.

Well, I should get to the manuscript and see if letting Tyro get free room and board for a night moves the story along. Thanks for reading, feel free to leave a comment and look to the right: there are some really good books and stuff for sale. Have a good day, y’all.


Seething Apathy

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