Sunday, September 16, 2018

Second Thoughts

On reflection, I’m relaxing the format for these weekly posts. The original idea was to regularly update you on my writing, but it’s discouraging when I don’t have much progress to report. If I have something worth sharing about the work I’ve done over the past week – I don’t this time – I’ll do so. Otherwise I’ll just impart what’s on my mind. Since I’m not naturally the ‘sharing’ sort, that should be enough of an exercise.

In that vein, I think I made a mistake back when I stopped working on Watchbearers Book 5 so I could concentrate on finishing the fifth novel in the Slowpocalypse series. Because it didn’t help. And after recently writing the start of a Miraibanashi sequel, I realize it doesn’t matter whether it’s the project I want to focus on or not. What’s important is to do my best to get good work done every day. Whatever it might be.

Maybe I’d have finished that fifth Watchbearers novel by now, if I’d let myself work on it while struggling with Slowpocalypse Book 5. Or maybe I wouldn’t be any farther forward with either. But it doesn’t do any good to dwell on what might’ve been. I need to focus on what I can accomplish today. And then tomorrow.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

2018 Week #36 Update

It’s awfully soggy here, but at least the temperatures have turned a bit more seasonable. Briefly, it seems. A foretaste of fall.

I hardly got any revision in on Slowpocalypse Book 5 this week, but I did write several more pages of the Miraibanashi sequel I started last week. And some work is better than none.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

2018 Week #35 Update

I’ve gotten about 3% of the way through the final draft of Slowpocalypse Book 5. The stop and start manner of the rewrite over so many months means the manuscript is in rougher shape than usual at this point. So progress will probably remain…leisurely. But hopefully work will at least proceed steadily. Lord willing.

I also wrote the beginning of a sequel to the Miraibanashi trilogy. The scene makes a great start to the story and ties in with something one of the Watchbearers once said. But I’d better not say anymore, because at this rate it’ll likely be a long time before I get around to finishing it.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

2018 Week #34 Update

I got more work done in the past few days than in the past few weeks. Still not that much, but I hope it’s a bit of momentum I can build on over the coming days. And I made an important change to the climax.

There was something not quite right about one aspect of how the story ends, and I finally saw what the problem was and how to fix it. Given the situation and the people involved, that part of the resolution now slots into the story as if it had been inevitable from the start. Even though it’s a bit shocking. Sometimes there’s only one fitting end.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

2018 Week #33 Update

I read the first four books in a new (to me) series – the Lt. Luis Mendoza mysteries – and particularly liked #2 and #3 because they were lighter and funnier stories than the others. But the reason I want to read more is to follow the characters. I didn’t write much this week though.