News9/19/18: It's been the soggiest of summers. Lots of humidity. Like sub-tropical, dew points in the low 70's humidity. Plenty of rain, too. Probably the most we've had to use the AC since living here. And the mosquitoes! Holy crap! Not only could we not be out at night (still can't), but they even attacked me during the day.
As for writing, well, the slow pace continues. I hit 35,000 words yesterday. Closed a plot hole, too, which was nice. But yeah, six months to write 5,000 words? Ugh. But I realized something positive yesterday. I was initially concerned about having enough story to get to novel length. Not any more. There's enough story arc still to write that 50,000 words isn't going to be a problem.
3/5/18: Weird weather here in the second half of winter, now spring. We had days in 60s and even 70, but now we're back into the 30s. I'll be impressed if the flower bulbs my daughter and I planted last fall survive. They started coming up a month ago and are showing signs of freezer burn.
But enough of the bad. I've been writing! I hit the 30,000 word milestone late last week. Yay!
1/29/18: The last two months are a blur. December had its usual holiday fare, but my son's wrist was broken during hockey practice, so that added an extra layer of complexity to life. The carpeting was installed in early January. Since then, I don't know.
Whenever I'm away from writing for an extended period of time, I find that I have to spend a bit of time steeping my mind in the story before I can write anything new. So there's been that. Just as steam locomotives don't get going until the boiler is all fired up, so too goes my writing.
11/20/17: Finished the foyer work, got a late start on brewing the annual winter porter, waiting for that estimate on carpeting, and Thanksgiving is just a stone's throw away. Christmas is on the horizon. So maybe I can get back to writing soon. Maybe.
10/10/17: The summer wasn't all bad. I got to catch the eclipse, and that was just plain amazing. But I am still working on flood repairs. The foyer floor and base moulding are done, working on the closet doors now.
9/9/17: What a summer it's been! Actually, it's been a pain in the ass. Oh, the weather was fine. I was busy, but not in a good way. Read on if you want to know why I've been more quiet than usual. I was even too tired to read most nights.
6/6/17: May was not a good month for writing. The weather finally improved, and so I found the need to get outside to work. I finished the other half of the retaining wall, planted bushes and flowers, spread some gravel and mulch, built a new kindling box (from scrap wood, of course), and got started on the wood pile for next winter. So it's not like I was idle, just busy on non-literary things.
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