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Wow, to those of you who stuck with this blog in my absence, thank you.

Like the song says, "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making plans."

When last we saw our intrepid writer, I was preparing for the Maryland Writer's Association's Annual Conference on 3 May. It was my first time representing Writer Beware at a con and I think everything went well, even in spite of the audio-visual glitches. One of the people who attended my talk said if he got nothing else out of the conference, my talk was worth the price of admission (and folks, this wasn't a cheap conference *grin*). Needless to say, that made the day for me right there.

I left the conference all fired up myself and ready to get right back to work.

Unfortunately, I hadn't counted on my real work getting in the way. I had two major deadlines last week and I was putting in some hours. Basically, I was coming home, eating dinner, reading my blog and then passing out. There was no staying up until midnight working on stories. I was so burnt out from writing all day that the last thing I wanted to do was write at home. So I read my wife's For Better or For Worse collections, a few web comics and otherwise accomplished nothing last week.

Oh, and enjoyed going out to see Iron Man (4+/5 stars) and Speed Racer (2.5/5 stars). Iron Man was an outstanding time and I look forward to adding that one to my DVD collection when it becomes available. I was impressed by how true they were to the origins of Iron Man and still managed to move it forward into time. Although to tell you the truth, I thought the two robots assisting Tony Stark stole the show, and wishweaver wants his holographic interface with Jarvis. Hell, I think she'd take Jarvis also. Plus the easter egg at the end made sitting through the credits worth the wait. *grin*

Speed was an enjoyable romp and I thought once we got past Speed's childhood, the movie really got back into the stuff that made watching Speed the cartoon fun (family and the cars). Plus, you had the GRX, the Monster Car, the Inspector, the Acrobatic Racing Team (in a cameo unfortunately), over the top villains, Segways, ninjas, and all the other strangeness that made the Speed Racer cartoon fun.

On Saturday, I did finally get motivated and hit one of the local coffee shops. I added 4029 words to Steel on Target, nearly finishing the next chapter. I followed that up with tonight's return to Childhood's Tears adding 1138 words. Hopefully, with things settling down at work for a bit, I expect to get back on track here soon. I may have a few lapses (especially with the new Garrett, P.I. book from Glen Cook (Cruel Zinc Melodies) sitting here waiting for me to read it.), but I'm feeling better, the clients like the end results of the last week's projects and the world has continued to spin.

Now, if the squirrels would stop lining up by twos, practicing getting onto a boat.


Words for Today

1138 / 1000 words. 114%

Progress on Steel on Target

48288 / 95000 words. 51%

Progress on Childhood's Tears

38216 / 90000 words. 42%

Words for 2008

136671 / 366000 words. 37%


( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )
May. 13th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
Yes. I'm this close to completing my novel:


But suddenly my out-of-hours contracting has picked up. No complaints, since we need the cash to underwrite Mrs Z's maternity leave. But... all that "wasted" effort.
May. 13th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
Re: Squirrels...
Maternity leave, eh? Congratulations! Is this your second?

Oh and congrats on the Birthday. Sorry I couldn't make it over there to help celebrate, but I lifted a couple of glasses of good scotch in your honor over here.
May. 13th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
Re: Squirrels...
One day I hope we can replicate that, while both wearing our professional author hats...
May. 13th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
I was *just* thinking this morning that I hadn't seen an update in forever. Glad to hear things are somewhat back on track.

It's eerie, but I swear you're living my parallel life. Except, of course, you have three novels in the works and I have three gaming products in the pipe.

May. 13th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
There are some days I'd be willing to trade you a novel for a gaming product.

Hell, I've been an avid gamer since 1979 and GM'd more games off the cuff than I ever ran modules for. I've always wondered if I had the "stuff" to actually write for a game (either rules, modules or chapter fluff).

Maybe one of these days I'll take a peek at the other side.
May. 14th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Well, we *do* have cookies, so...
( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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