It’s true that writers spend hours and hours in front of a computer, but it’s not all typing time.
Sometimes the mind wanders, thoughts stray and eyes drift to the world outside.
This is what I look out upon, and I’m grateful to have it.
My wife says we need more color, but I’m content with green and splashes of white.
Two novels are about two-thirds complete. (My experience suggests the last third takes as much time as the first two-thirds, so if my math is correct, I’m only halfway through those projects.)
I foolishly accepted a challenge from a writer friend to try writing a humorous short story. Very foolishly. This is devilishly hard, has consumed more than a month of writing time, and is still not very damned funny, which is at least ironic.
I got a notion that a mystery involving an old geezer and his grandson would make a fun story with opportunities to talk about life and death, youth and old age, tradition and change. I’m making notes.
If you can’t stop and smell the roses, at least try to enjoy the view.
I was not injured, but the sound of the left arm giving way under the strain of tens of thousands of typed words startled me from my day dreams. I mean, it interrupted my plotting of a new story for readers.
Fortunately, one of the office supply stores is having a sale on chairs (ending tomorrow), and I got a new one for less than what the old one cost.
The rewrite of Flight of the Spider: Book 2 of the Black Orchid Chronicles is almost done, despite accidentally destroying the manuscript once and discovering 10 pages of material I intended to remove still survived.
I’ve deleted 98 pages of material, dropping the word count from about 76,500 to around 73,000.
That translates into rewriting about 100 pages of the original.
I promised to deliver the completed manuscript to beta reviewers on Feb. 1. Yeah, I didn’t make that deadline. It’s looking more like mid-February. (More on the value of beta readers later.)
Once I hear back from the betas — they get four weeks to read and report — I’ll know when it will be ready to publish.
BTW, I’ve already written 200 pages on Book 3 of the Black Orchid Chronicles, tentatively entitled “Spider’s Revenge.”