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Inch by Inch, Word by Word

5,852 words later, and I’m halfway done with the final chapter of On Wings of Steel. I think I’m on the last chapter anyway. I’m not completely satisfied with the first draft of this chapter. It’s the big showdown between the protagonist and the antagonist, but one way I could end it would have the protag being awfully passive, (basically being saved at the last moment by someone else), or I could rewrite the scene and have her save herself. Of course, if I do this, then I may wind up having to move the wrap-up to a new chapter.

Decisions, decisions.

I was talking to one of my friends about my current writing schedule post-novel and he agrees it might be a tad ambitious, but I owe it to people to get these other projects done as quickly as possible. I figure it’ll take my editor a bit before they get On Wings of Steel back to me, so I’ll use that time to work on Skin the Cat, The Daimyo’s Sake, The Pearls of Darkness Affair and Murder in Monaco. Those are stories whose first drafts are either done or 66% done.

Then I can get started on Fools Cup, the final short story in my Rogue with No Name collection.  I’ve certainly enjoyed developing his world and his cast of characters, but it’s time to move on to other projects like Childhood’s Tears and Steel on Target, both of which have been sitting on the back burner for the last couple of years for these other projects.

That’ll keep me off the streets for a while along with doing my classwork (reading/writing short papers/researching thesis).

Went to see “The Lego Movie” earlier on Saturday. While definitely a kid’s movie, there was enough to keep the adults entertained too, so that was good. It was a fun movie. Probably not something I’m likely to buy on DVD, but it certainly wasn’t a bad matinee movie.

I think I shall retire to the bedroom now, contemplate how I want to end this novel, and then fall asleep.

Originally published at Richard C. White. Please leave any comments there.

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