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August 1, 2017

I am happy to say that the weather is getting better.  We had a cold front through here tonight that was really kind of neat.  Kicked up a lot of dust and had bands of rain -- looked interesting.  Nice for pictures, of course

I am starting the rewrite of Singer and St. Jude #1.  It's interesting to work with because I realize now all the things I left out.  I'm also moving it about 100 years into he future?"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""+++"??????????""""""""" (Zaphod helping).  I've been pouring over maps to get a better idea of where I want them to be.

It's fun, but a lot more work than I expected.

August 2, 2017

I am working on several projects now.  Singer and St. Jude 1 rewrite which is more difficult than I expected.  Outline for Venatus Aegyptiaca, which is moving along, but slowly.  Dusty & Friends flash fiction serial.  I still want to have GS9 published this month.


I have been tired lately. Really, really worn down and tired.  I want to nap almost all the time.  I hope that the improvement in the weather will help me get past this, but so far it's only been 'oh this is nicer, let's sleep' weather.


But I am getting things done.  Well, not exactly done but moving closer, I hope.

August 3, 2017

Singer and St. Jude 1 is a lot more work than I had expected.  No matter -- it's moving at least.  VA, the steampunk-Egypt novel, has a first chapter outline.  Yay!  It's not going as fast as I would like either, but it's moving.

The weather is lovely. Even a bit cold at night.  Stranger weather for August, and I have the feeling we're in for something hot and uncomfortable before too long, but it's still nice.

August 4, 2017

VA is going oddly for a story about Egypt. So far, everything has been on the dirigible, which is fine in it's own way.  On the Paris to Rome flight now. From there to Athens and then on to Alexandria.  Trains from there, I think.  Already made it clear that mages flying dirigibles have trouble over water.  Desert?  Maybe lack of life force there that fuels them.  There we go.

Really, trying to get caught up on things here.  Almost ready for the last run through on GS9, too.  Lots of stuff!

August 5, 2017

Outlines are odd little creatures.  Trying to piece together little flashes of scenes and making a coherent plot out of them is kind of fun.  No, that shouldn't happen there, move it earlier.  Fill the gap with something here.  Introduce someone who is suddenly more than a passing character -- will he go on to Egypt with them?  Yes, I think so.  He evens out the group a little better.

Why does he go on if he already has an important job?  Can't do it now?  Already set up one attack against him.  Yes, that will work.  I can see where his diminished powers might help in the overall tale, too.

Okay.  Good.

Let's see if we can get something workable out of this one!

August 6, 2017

I've made a little progress on the steampunk/egypt outline.  This looks like fun, but I've not been able to concentrate enough on it to get very far. This is annoying.

Everything is annoying. 


August 7, 2017

Russ's birthday!  He had the day off and I didn't bug him or anything.  LOL.  We went out to dinner, though.  Nice night, overall.

Did a good amount of writing on the rewrite story, but still not getting far on the outline.

August 8, 2017

Massive, horrible headache.  Started late last night and has just not gone away.  I have tried pretty much everything at this point.  Russ even took me on a nice ride, which helped for a while, but the headache is coming back now.

Going to watch something, I think.  Try to lose track of me in some fiction.

I hope this clears up soon.

August 9, 2017

Still headache.  Headache still.  Is it the change in weather?  Stress?  Sinus?  Headache.  Ugh.

I have forced myself to still get writing done.  I can lose myself in that for a few minutes at a time.  Russ has been wonderful and we've had dinner out each night.  Couldn't think enough to even cook a can of soup at this point.

I would like it to all clear up now.

August 10, 2017

I would like to go back to the mountains now.  LOL.

The headache is still there -- up and down -- and appears to be sinus related since I've been doing a lot of sneezing, too.  Fine.  I can get this cleared up.  Just hate this ongoing annoyance.

It makes working on stories hard.  I start hating the work, the words, the plot -- and I'm pretty certain that's not a full reflection of the writing itself.  Hard to tell at this point.

I would like to go back to the last edit of GS9, but that really isn't wise at this point.  Give it a couple more days and hope for the best.

August 11, 2017

Went out for a little while today.  Didn't feel great, but survived it. 

I am trying to ignore all the horrible Alt-Right Nazi stuff. 

Headache is not much better.  Got Flash Fiction and Class done, though.

August 12, 2017

I wish I was back in the mountains -- though without the headache I have right now.  This is annoying.  Also getting very ill which makes me think this might be some sort of flu.  I hope it goes away soon.

I hope that not feeling well is why I'm not enjoying the Singer and St. Jude rewrite -- and not that the book is really bad.  Sigh.  I'm still working at it, though.  I might like it again soon.

August 13, 2017

About a month ago I was in the mountains.  Hard to believe that, really.  I keep going over my pictures and recapturing those moments.  Such lovely places we saw!

Today we went to Stone State Park, which was lovely and green -- but the first signs of autumn are there.  It won't be long now.  What kind of winter are we going to have?  Something to worry about....

August 14, 2017

I hope that I will continue to feel better.  That would be nice about now.  Feel well enough to go put food in the bird feeder.  Well enough to walk around the yard.  Not feel ill when I eat something.

Ugh.  Hate this kind of stuff.

I need to do something fun, but I can't get enough energy to do anything.

Maybe a nap....

August 15, 2017

A month ago today we were on our lovely two-day adventure and going into the mountains.  It was wonderful, though the constant driving and little sleep probably got to both of us.  Oh, but such a lovely place!

Today it rained which was nice.  We've had such an annoying dry summer.  Storms east and west of us again, and very little here.

August 16, 2017

A bit more rain and some lovely clouds, but still not enough water.  At least the patches of grass are a bit less brown now, so that's good.  And it has cooled down again.

And yes, last month we were on day 2 of the trip.  Back to the mountain top and then down to home.  The lineup of people heading in as we headed out was incredible.  I was sorry to go, though.  Such a lovely place.  I hope it won't be another decade or more before we go back!

August 17, 2017

I have hurt my back again. This is miserable.  I hate when this happens.  I can hardly move at all and the amount of pain is making me ill.  Oh yes, great.  Just what I wanted.

August 18, 2017

Russ took me on a ride tonight. That helped because the car seat seems to hit exactly the right spot in my back that it feels better.  Still miserable, but at least for a couple hours I was out and having a good time.

Sitting at the desk is awful, though.  Very hard to get work done.

August 19, 2017

Another ride. That was nice and relaxing, but now I'm getting a headache and my back hurts.  Out of aspirin.  Ready, really, to just give up and go back to bed, though I have spent far too much time there already.

Got some writing done.  What else is there?

August 20, 2017

Back is still out.

Russ is very ill.  We are miserable people.


August 21, 2017

Russ so ill that he stayed home from work.  I stumbled around and got a few things done.  We are still miserable.  I hope this all clears up soon.

August 22, 2017

Finally getting better, though Russ was still too ill to go to work.  I think we are both going to survive.

I've managed to sit and write during the days, but it hasn't been easy.  I'll be happy to have all of this go away.

August 23, 2017

Russ went back to work today.  I can't remember the last time he was this ill and he's probably going to be miserable by the time he gets home.

I still have back problems, but nothing as horrible as it had been.  I hope it keeps clearing up. 

I made an odd writing-related decision over the last few days.  I'm re-writing Singer & St. Jude #1, but I can tell it is not right.  I finally figured it out -- my world building is not strong enough to support a story a hundred or so years into the future.  So, I intend to finish this rewrite and then go back to my over all timeline notes and look at the world as it should be at that point.  The book will not be published this year.  I need some serious world building before I place it in the background it needs, and once I do that, the world building should have serious consequences for the story.  Otherwise it is just a painting in the background and nothing real.

This set is the first books in the IWC Universe, even though humanity hasn't gone beyond Mars at this point.  I want the stories to feel right, though.  So, back to work on them.  We'll see what I can come up with for the next round of edits. The good part is that the grammar side will be fixed at least.  Well, most of it until I start rewriting again!

August 24, 2017

Really lovely ride and clouds tonight!  Wow, that was nice!  Very relaxing.

I'm about 30k from being done with this rewrite of Singer & St. Jude.  Not the final rewrite, as I've said, but still good to get this one done.  I need to work on outlines, but they're all fighting me.  Something is bound to start working, but right now I'm in the snarly nothing is right mode.  Not good on top of not feeling great.

Something will work.  Right?

August 25, 2017

I think I want to start painting rocks or something.  Yeah, I know that sounds odd -- but I want a little hobby.  Something that will take attention, but not end up with more work on the computer, like photography does.  Something, also, that I can do this winter when I just don't want to look at the computer screen any more and I don't want to deal with more words, whether reading or writing.  A break from it all.

Painting rocks may sound silly, but actually I used to do a little of it and enjoyed it.  It is not a huge canvas to cover.  The subject has to be simple (at least at the stage I'm at) and it won't take forever to do.

So, we'll see.  I'll likely change my mind in the next couple days.  LOL

August 26, 2017

Oh yes, nearly the end of the month again.  I am no better prepared for this one than any of the others that have pounced on my unawares.

Next month I will published Tales from Grey Station 9.  That should be fun.  Once I get Singer & St. Jude done I can go back and do the final edits and formatting.  I didn't expect Singer & St. Jude to take me all month, but at least I've finally seen the problem.

Things work that way.  I intend to have it done in the next couple days and then start back in on GS9.  I hope everything goes well.

August 27, 2017

Singer and St. Jude shouldn't have taken this long.  Did I mention that?  Did I mention that I figured out the problem?  Maybe so, but I'm going over it again.

The book is set in 2141 in the ruins of LA.  Earthquakes, neglect, crime -- everything has gone wrong. Added to the problem are three different policing forces who are mostly at odds with each other.  The Feds are the big group.  The Militia is the state-run group. The Locals are the only group with real ties to the area.  My two characters are undercover Locals.

Not bad so far. 

The problem is a lack for the feeling that this is the future.  I have a few gadgets and a couple references to things, but it could be next year rather than 150 years in the future.

Part of it was intentional.  I wanted an area behind the times.  However, since I have outside policing forces working here, I need the link to the future to show up through them.

This is a major world building problem and it's not something I can simply throw together and fix in the next couple days.  So, Singer & St. Jude 1: The Lost Cause is going back into the edit pile and sometime soon I'm going to work over the pieces I need.

August 28, 2019

I don't think I mentioned that I intend to finish this rewrite of Singer & St. Jude 1 before I put it aside.  I've made some plot changes and name changes that I need to work into the story and I want this draft to be as complete as possible.  Besides, I'm down to the last 20k or so.  It would be insane to stop now. 

Not to mention my rule about finishing everything I start.

I don't think I can get it done before the end of the month, but it will be close.  And then on go GS9!

August 29, 2017

The microwave died.

Well, it was an elderly guy and he'd worked a lot down through the years.  We'll have to replace him right away, though.  Since my oven doesn't work, a lot of things get popped in the microwave, weather that was how they were supposed to be cooked or not.

Also, I may have a heal spur.  it's been bothering me for weeks already and I am not happy about it.  Between my foot and my back, I can't stand for very long at all.


August 30, 2017

We bought the new microwave.  Not too expensive, but still more than we wanted to spend.  But there it is.  Not set up yet, but we have it.

I am amused.  Singer & St. Jude 1 dragged for weeks.  Now it is just dancing along.  It's because I figured out the problem, and even though I can't fix it just yet, I'm not fighting the rest of the story now.  Much better.

Clothes washing today, too.  I know.  Such an exciting life.

But I am getting things done.

august 31, 2017

Nice sunset tonight.  Headache, though.  Hard to sleep at night because of it.  But here we are at the end of the month.  I'm surprised.  Really.  This was another month that went by very fast.

Do you realize there are only four months left in the year?