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December 1, 2015

Hello lovely December with NaNo over!  How nice to see you!  Even with all that snow.  Especially since it is not going to last long.

My plans for this month mostly revolve around not doing much of anything.  I have one novel to finish and I'm going to do so slowly.  I also have some flash fiction pieces to write. That's it.  This is going to be a nice, quiet month.

December 2, 2015

My back is giving me problems today.  I so hope it doesn't go all the way bad again.  I don't want to spend the next few weeks hobbling around and cursing.  I would like to do some decorating and stuff like that.  Just have a bit of fun.

Writing a bit over 1k a day right now.  That sounds good.

It is 11f right now.  A week from today we'll have a high in the 50's.  This is going to be an odd winter.  The snow was fun and pretty, though.

December 3, 2015

I spent a good amount of today just playing with graphic stuff.  I need to do this more often, mostly because I've spent a lot of money on this stuff and it would be a shame for it to go waste. 

Writing is going fine, too.  About 1k a day -- that's all I'm interested in this week.  Relax.

December 4, 2015

I crossed the one million word mark today.  Yay!  I should have done it in November, but really, I had trouble pushing as hard as I did.  It is done, though!  Now just to finish up novel #98 and I'll be happy.

Not too bad of a day, except for stupid, blinding headache.

This stuff has got to clear up.

December 5, 2015

Nice new tripod!  This is going to make a nice difference in my pictures again.  I need to get the bird feeders all set up and lure some guys in again.   It will also be great with me photo box.  I intend to do a lot of odd little photo things for the rest of the month and not a lot of writing.

I should work a bit on my outline for January, though.  Or maybe not.  I was ready to write it in November if I ran out of other stories.  I think I'll just let it go.  Now the one for March -- that's one is going to need some work!

And that's it for tonight!

December 6, 2015

Winter has pretty much come and gone here.  We're heading into 50's and close to 60sf over the next few days.  Somewhere in about ten days there might be a bit of snow again.

I am working on rearranging my desk.  I think this is going to work, though I may need to do a few more things.  I do have a spot for my little tree, which is nice.  I'll probably put it up tomorrow.

Other than that, I can't really say much is going on here.  I'm just doing 1k or so a day on writing and it's been interesting -- have to find other things to do with my time!

lDecember 7, 2015

Just moving along with the story.  Also spending time sorting out files, working on updating computer stuff, and generally having a good time with these things.

Second Chance is turning rather philosophical at the moment.  I think this is going to be an odd one to edit.

I got my little tree up today.  That's about it for the holidays!

December 8, 2015

The weather is odd.  Very warm and very odd. The snow is gone and it looks as though we're going to stay in the 50's for a while yet.  That's okay in some ways.  As much as I like to see the snow, I also don't like to freeze.  So warmer weather is good this year.

I am still only writing about 1k a day.

I also opened the Silky Trilogy and I think I'm going to look at the print versions of it.  It is time, I think.

That's my news for the day!

December 9, 2015

I fell tonight.  Banged up hands and knees and I'm not happy about it. Otherwise I was having a good day.  New story idea.  One that seems to be really strong.  Lots of background work for it.  My first steampunk novel.  I really didn't think I would write one, but this story is working for me.  I wasn't looking for a new story, but there it is.  I'll do doing a lot of background stuff for it. 

I have no idea when I'll write it, though.  We're talking a long ways down the road, I think.

December 10, 2015

The ideas for the new story are taking over my brain,  This is not good.  I have other things to get done and it's going to be a long time before I get a chance to start this one.

Unless I have everything ready by January 1, in which case it becomes novel # 99 and Amusing Grace moves off to later in 2016.  I don't think that will happen, though.  This book is going to need a lot of work.

Other than that, not much going on!

December 11, 2015

More stuff on the new story tonight.  I already have over 1k in notes while Second Chance is kind of lagging behind a bit again.  Not  real problem since I'll get it done by the end of the year.

I have never worked with steampunk and I'm trying to come up with 'things' for it.  Kind of interesting stuff.

I think this will be fun to write.  But when? 

December 12, 2015

We took a short drive tonight and saw a few geese finally.  There just hasn't been much of anything around this year.  And the weather is so goofy!  I don't think we're going to get any more snow this year and maybe not for the rest of the winter.  Getting rain, though.

Did I mention I fell?  My knee is totally bruised and I'm sore.  And I am really tired of falling.  I don't know what that's all about.

December 13, 2015

Rainy, windy, cold weather.  Ugh.  I don't know what to expect these days! 

Second Chance is inching up to 40k, so I shouldn't have a problem getting it into the 50k novel range.  Well, not as long as I can keep a coherent story going.  LOL.

Hard to believe how close we are to the end of the year.

December 14, 2015

So, the middle of the night last night I realized a huge change in my Steampunk story.  It kept me so awake that at dawn I was still slowly typing out notes on my Nook.

I like this one.  I'm going to take Russ to pizza tonight, I think, and talk to him about the change.  Huge change.  Should be really fun to write.

I love these sorts of things.

December 15, 2015

Oh, some lovely stuff for the novel.  Just piling up a few scenes that are defining the characters and having a lot of fun with them.  I will need a title soon.  I assume Raventower will be it.

I have far more on the pre-story than I do on the novel itself, but I do keep seeing little scenes.   My sidekick/guard is finally coming into light.  I don't have a name for her yet, but I like her.  She has a plan for life and she is not happy about having it derailed to protect the odd Lord Raventower.

She's going to get over that.  Eventually.

Oh yes, this is fun.

December 16, 2015

The weather has turned cold.  This is pretty miserable, really.  It is not as cold as it could be, but it's still annoying to have to walk through the cold house.  It takes a few days to get used to that part again.

Suffering from horrible headaches today, though.  I wish that would clear up, too.

Raventower is going well, though.  Have my secondary character down.  Just need a last name for her.

December 17, 2015

Another cold day.  Blah.  Headache.

Got my writing done, though, so that's good.  Need to get a push on with Second Chance, though.  I need about 10k more on the story and I keep putting it aside to play with Raventower.  I don't know that I can get Raventower done in time to start on January 1, so I shouldn't be focusing so much on it, right?

Well, you simply have to go with what your mind gives you.  I'll get Second Chance done as well since it is close.  Oh, and I have most of the Flash Friday piece written.

So, not bad.  Just need to get moving.

And have fewer headaches.

December 18, 2015

Cold, cold weather, but at least it's going to pass.  The cats appear to be freaked out by it. They've been in and out of my office all day.  So has the dog.  I'm wiser. I've mostly stayed in here unless I have to go out.

Still working on stuff.  I can't say any of it is really any good.  That's the headache, I hope. 

December 19, 2015

Had a nice ride today.  We saw some deer and a nice sunset.  That was good.  I need to get out more.  I think this computer stuff is giving me headaches.  Also just can't seem to get a feel for what I need in writing and I'm running out of time.

I think I need a break from stuff.  Lots of breaks from lots of stuff.

But mostly I need novel story ideas to fall into place properly.

December 20, 2015

I did it.  I suggested to DAZ that they hire someone else for the page edits.

I don't know if it's going to work.  I might be without any job at all soon.  That would be bad.  But maybe it would make me push harder on the novel stuff?  I just don't trust it.  The sales have been lousy.

But maybe Raventower is the novel that will make a difference.


I am looking at an experiment with Raventower which has to do with how I write and edit it.  And beta readers.  This might help to spread word about the book and get it out faster, too.  The cover is good.

Kind of need to figure out that plot, though.  Only a few days left!

December 21, 2015

Today I got some good insights into story problems and backgrounds.  Yay!  I think I can plot out the story pretty soon.  I have a number of pieces to it.  I just need to tie it all together with some sort of storyline thing.

Nothing seems to be falling exactly right, though.  I'm sure it will be fine, but I really need to start focusing everything into a coherent plan.


I'll get right to that.

December 22, 2016

Yesterday I got some pretty good writing done despite everything.  Today I can't seem to get four words down in a row before I wander off.

Yeah, like that.  Wrote that line and then wandered off to do more clothes washing.  And there, just went and tagged the last of the pictures in Lightroom.

Writing?  Not so much.  But I still have some time tonight.  I can get to this.  I am just over half way through today's writing.  And another 4k and I'll be just about where I want for that novel, too.

I just want this year over.  Or maybe not.  I don't think I'm quite ready for 2016 yet.

December 23, 2015

We went and looked at Christmas lights tonight, which was fun.  Got some nice, pretty pictures.  That's always good.

I also got caught up on the tagging of pictures in Lightroom so they should be all done again.  Only now I think I have some duplicates.  I'll figure it out eventually.

Hard to believe that we're a week away from the new year.

December 24, 2015

Got a good run at Second Chance tonight.  Yes, it is going to be done in time.  Yay!

The problem, though, is that the outline and stuff for Raventower isn't anywhere near done.  I need to get Second Chance out of the way and then see what I can pull together before January 1.

I think I can do this!

December 25, 2015

Second Chance is done!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I'm excited. The book didn't work out quite right, but there are some great bits in it and I think I can pull them out and make something better.  But later.  Much later.  Right now I need to focus on Raventower.

We went for a lovely ride tonight, though.  Saw some great geese at Crystal Park, too.  Came home and made a nice dinner.  All in all, a very nice Christmas!

December 26, 2015

I'll miss the holiday lights.  After that, everything seems kind of dull and dark. 

I am working on Raventower finally.  it is my only project now -- well, except I will need to get another flash fiction done to go up on the first.

We went out to Bacon Creek Park today, which turned out to be wonderful.  Hardly anyone around and lovely snow around.

December 27, 2015

I am starting to see the full outline here.  I need something to fill in the spot after the initial trouble and then into the later stuff.  I hope that won't be too hard.  'Stuff happens' just doesn't work well for an outline, I fear.

We are moving closer to the end!  LOL

December 28, 2015

The outline is happening.  I am up to about chapter 9 and things are going together well.  A couple of fun scenes in there.  I think I can have a decent outline done by the end of January 31.  Say about 3k a chapter and the novel could easily go to 90k or more.  I think that could be a good length.

Can't believe the year is almost over, though.  As usual, I hope to do better next year.  Maybe I can make it this time.


December 29, 2015

Almost the end of the year.  This can't be good.  I'm sure I'm not going to get things done.  My brain simply is not connecting for it.

Ugh.  I want the outline done at least.

And I have a flash fiction to do.

December 30, 2015

I got very ill today.  That certainly didn't help get things done!

The outline is stalled.  The flash fiction isn't moving.  UGH!

I just want to get some things done!

December 31, 2015


Okay, it's light in a few places towards the end.  But it is there.  Now, if I can just get a few more hundred words on the flash fiction, I'll be happy.  And done.

Happy new years, everyone.  Let's hope for some good things.