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  1. Chapter Seventeen, and part of Eighteen

    Chapter Seventeen came pretty easily, but still drug out through the afternoon and evening. It wrapped up some plot questions from the last several chapters. There were a lot of events I had plotted, but were mystery to the reader. So I wrapped up the loose ends.

    Then I had a happy event, followed by a description of how Faster Than Light travel works in that story's universe. That part was tricky, because the author I'm following made some brief statements about it without going full ...
  2. Chapter Sixteen

    I got a slow start on Chapter Sixteen. It was strangely like my report on Thirteen. I knew a lot about what should happen in Sixteen, but a lot of it was more relaxed activity than the last two chapters, which were full of tense action.

    I finally got started mid-afternoon, and by early evening I had a thousand words. My wife taunted me with the conclusion I wouldn't get a full chapter in, but this chapter came in thousand word segments, and I got in three more, finally finding another ...
  3. Chapters Fourteen and Fifteen

    I got started writing at about one in the afternoon. As I flirted with my morning's thoughts: after a short paragraph of exposition I launched into dialogue. Chapter Fourteen emerged, but I filled up my quota for the chapter long before I ran out of the ideas that were supposed to be included. Somewhere around 4100 words I wrote a line which needed to end a chapter. So I wrote the line "Chapter Fifteen" and kept going.

    4400 words later I wrote another line that needed to end a chapter. ...
  4. Chapter Thirteen

    After writing twelve pretty easy chapters, and bragging to everyone in sight at my incredible productivity on this WIP, I came to Chapter Thirteen. Being a lifelong contrarian, it's a number I don't fear.

    And as opposed to the last few chapters where I typed the chapter heading and had nothing specific in mind for 'what happens next', I knew a lot about what should happen next in Chapter Thirteen. It's possible I knew too much. I sat, and I sat. Then I took a nap. In fairness, I hadn't ...
  5. The Mystery Project

    [duplicated from a post in "What are you doing now?]

    Just put the finishing touches on Chapter 12 of my WIP, which was a totally unexpected project, and may have zero chance of being marketable.

    About 50 years ago I read a book by a famous author, and it was written about 16 years before that. I've always been dissatisfied in the conclusion to the book, because it left a young character's future completely open, with his primary aspiration unfulfilled. Here's problem number ...
  6. Making Music

    Although I was unable to complete the NaPo this year, I have been managing to find time to make music. I recently finished composing all the rhythm tracks for a seven song EP, culminating in my magnum opus "Flight of the Reaper" which has been burried in the music forum.


    Anyway, this song marks the beginning of my second compositional effort, an LP. The first of maybe 10 or 11 songs I will compile together. ...
  7. The lows of High Book Pricing

    A thousand pardons if I come off like a rant. I'm a mashup between J.A. Konrath and Harlan Ellison. I'm a writer advocate and defender of the written word. I also watch the industry like a stealthy Sasquatch. These articles are always meant for Guerrilla Warfare for Writers, my down and dirty blog. There is no BS here. Maybe some inaccuracies. I don't even like posting these articles to my YA website--no one reads me there anyway. I hope you suffer me well.

    First and foremost, ...
  8. a mother sized hole

    i don’t have much to say today. mother’s day is a hard day for me to be okay with. my mother has borderline and narcissistic personality disorder. the former causes her moods to be unstable, as well as her relationships. the latter results in emotional abuse of her family.

    as such, it’s hard for me to be thankful today. rather than being a day dedicated to recognizing the past and what she’s taught me, it quickly becomes a day of rumination and sadness.
    my mother refused to eat ...
  9. Bluebells

    There is a small wood near where I live, close by my town, which is steeped in history. At the northern edge of the wood, there's a walk along an earthen dyke, which formed part of the pre-Roman defence system. A few hundred yards to the east there is a barrow, a large mound of earth, housing the remains of some long-forgotten Bronze Age Chieftain.

    I may well be wrong, but it feels like this small piece of woodland is a remnant of the ancient forests that covered most of Britain at ...
  10. grey clouds

    been a bit since i updated on here. i feel a little rusty, but we’ll give it a go. since my last post, i’ve been working from home.
    with that, however, my room has become my office on top of general chill out and live area.

    so i’ll wake up, turn on my computer and be at work. cool. 10 hours later, i’m done working…but still at work.
    it’s a weird ocean for me to navigate, i tend to need separation of work and home.

    except i’ve been working on it. i wake up

    Updated August 16th, 2020 at 02:55 AM by Greyson

  11. Submissions for Poems to Mayo Clinic - You Can Submit Till May 12th!

    So instead of a blog, I'm working on a project collecting Cheerful, inspiring, uplifting poems or saying for the healthcare workers at Mayo Clinic here in Jacksonville, FL. I'm opening it up to anyone here at the Writing Forums if you make it here to my blog site I guess......... Not sure where else it might be appropriate to post this...... I have the submission details on my poetry chapter website for all those details, so I'll save it by referring you there. www.northfloridapoetryhub.org ...


    Iniquity is one of those bands that on paper sounds almost too good to be true. They're a tech death band, famed for their elaborate and highly indulgent solos, yet they still somehow manage to have that vicious blood-splattered, puke-stinking quality that so often evades the more technical side of the scene. That's probably because they aren't scared to just be brutal--crushing riffs and back-breaking drums are the meat-and-potatoes of this band, ...
  13. Quarantine Writers

    It’s not all fame, friends and eight-by-tens for us writers during these trying times. It’s no fun for anybody, for that matter. The physical entertainment industry is shut down at the moment, and that includes film production, but development is purported to be moving right along. Book stores are still closed, as of this writing.

    There are so many conflicting thoughts about who has been inspired to write new material during this time and those who have totally lost inspiration ...
  14. Hello

    Back to mostly reading...hopefully will write more...

    Crazy times. Simon says...be afraid. Not me.

    Friday morning...not working...drinking tea and eating sausage and eggs, wondering how much longer I'll be able to buy either from the store down the road. The real problem for me is going to be the enforced austerity that seems to be descending. But this type of environment allows me a meditation rarely afforded.

    Last comment of the day... You're a human being, ...
  15. Golden Rule

    Do unto others
    as you would have them do unto you
    unless you don't like them
    in which case
    you can commit all sorts of evil acts
    unto them.

    Updated April 16th, 2020 at 09:58 PM by Irwin

  16. It's April, and Spring and COVID abounds.......

    So from the depths of social distancing, and isolation I write from my window of laptop screen. I am alone in my apartment and have been for weeks now. I know I haven't been on the forums, and it would seem little excuse for being absent, but my attention has been elsewhere and my inspiration has been about nill for words and poetry. I have finally seen the other side of my recovery from eye surgery, thank God. My eyes no longer bother me like they did, and I am able to pretty much see and ...
  17. Book Review: The School for Good and Evil

    Premise: Two polar-opposite girls, one a beautiful brat (Sophie) and the other a loner who lives in a graveyard (Agatha), are whisked away to a school that trains fairy-tale heroes and villains. But Sophie, much to her dismay, is placed in the School for Evil, and Agatha is placed in the School for Good.

    I saw my younger sister reading The School for Good and Evil and recognized it as a book I had read on a sleepover back in middle school. I remembered it leaving me confused and ...
  18. My battle with a green scaly monster.

    I ventured up to the top of my garden today. How did I let it get so bad? Well, I know how, but why? Allow me to explain. My back garden is quite large, must be near on twenty five metres long and about six metres wide. Some twelve metres from the house an archway runs across the width of the garden, when I say archway it's actually a thick mass of Clematis with an opening above the garden path that leads under it and on to the top border fence. From my back door you wouldn't know what, if anything ...

    Updated April 9th, 2020 at 04:47 PM by dither

  19. Caregiver diary

    3:00 am March 31, 2020

    Vickie awoke, checked blood sugar: low (5, had to fix quick bfast; heated sausage/egg sandwich we keep in freezer for just these occasions.

    3:30 am

    I'm still awake, loaded dishwasher, made self bowl cereal, V still awake was cold needed blankets. Temp outside 51f. Heated leftover coffee in microwave.

    4:00 am

    Both still awake V needed to potty, helped her to b-room and back to bed.

    5:00 am ...
  20. Feeling under the weather

    Woke up this morning
    feeling a bit under the weather
    unsure of what was wrong
    until I remembered
    the four margaritas I drank
    last night. DOH!
  21. The Psychology of Editing

    First and foremost, I am no editor. I’m only an author with some thoughts about this subject. I don’t think an author on this planet can edit themselves, with the exception of Anne Rice!
    Nancy of Melange Books suggested I might share some prep advice when it comes to writing and editing. Particularly editing. We’re all going to go through these stages with our Melange books, and it is inevitable. As authors, we’ll always need new eyes—a fresh outlook from another perspective. I shouldn’t ...
    Tags: editing, editors
  22. Nextdoor to Mayberry

    People are so snoopy when they’re approaching an accident. They don’t want to look, they shouldn’t look, but they’re going to look, gawk, stair, and then bam! They rear ended the car in front of them. The Nextdoor app is like that for me. I use it sparingly because of the side effects.
    But honestly, doesn’t everything have side effects? Every over-the-counter medicine warns of drowsiness and the perils of using heavy machinery. As if we are a society of backhoe operators. Darn! I was ready ...
  23. Guatemalteca

    A note of thanks to Darren White, who really helped with the English translation!

    And I put in the "Balear", in honour of Marjon, because the original left her neighbours out.

    The New Little Princess* (2025)

    Chorus: (Typical Latin music: D progression, slow) Chorus: (Typical Latin music: D progression, slow)
  24. In Timeout

    This past Monday morning the governor of Indiana put our state in time out, but honestly it was the mom version. You know, she loves you, knows you’re good, knows that all you need is a nudge in the right direction. So she gives you a faux grounding. Later that day, the mayor of Indianapolis acted like the dad in this relationship who’d come home, heard about what we’d done, and put the hammer down. It felt like punishment. “Go to your home and don’t come out until I say it’s ok. I don’t care what ...
  25. Book Review: Hoka! Hoka! Hoka!

    by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson


    Premise: Alexander Jones serves as the Interbeing League's ambassador to the Hokas, a race of aliens that look like teddy bears and have highly overactive imaginations. Whatever role strikes their fancy—cowboys, pirates, Sherlock Holmes, the French Foreign Legion—they play up to eleven. Wacky hijinks ensue!!

    Wow, buying this book from the sci-fi paperback section ...
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