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And away we go . . .

I couldn't make it to Kendo tonight. We have a rush project at work due on Thursday. The developers have basically fit 25 man weeks into eight to get this done. What that means though is they finished coding last Friday. That means I had to write the User's Manual and Release Notes "today" so they can be reviewed, corrected, sent to management, pray that management returns them in a timely fashion, turned into HMTL or .jsp pages and then included in the release . . . by 3pm on Thursday.

No stress there.

Oh, and while I'm writing, the developers are still debugging. I'm more upset for them than I am about my issues. They were dealt a piss-poor hand this time by management and have done much better than I thought they would.

So, anyway, I got home from work about 6:40 and figured there wasn't much chance of getting to practice tonight considering it's a 30 min drive to the dojo. They practice on Monday/Wednesday, so I'm planning on making up practice then. I just heard from my friend, Chris, and it sounds like they had a pretty good practice tonight. *sigh*

Little steps, little steps.

I took advantage of the evening though and finished the rewrite tonight. Plus, I added new words for once. Yep, 1,360 words were added to Steel on Target. I scrapped the entire old Chapter Thirteen, kept a few situations, and just plunged into writing. Now, I'm still a bit in edit mode because I would write a couple of sentences, stop, go back, re-read them and make corrections. I think that'll stop as I get used to just "writing" again as opposed to editing, but just like my kendo, it's little steps to get back into the habit.

I'm introducing an interesting (to me at least) situation in the story with the unit commander attempting to interrogate a captured female officer. He has to establish a rapport with her without looking like he's fraternizing with her. Several officers and senior enlisted would love to see someone else in charge of their unit and this might give them the ammo they need. I've got him walking a tightwire at the moment. I can't decide if I want to push him off or not. Decisions, decisions.

But, all in all, a pretty successful writing session tonight.

Words for tonight

1360 / 1000 words. 136%

Words on Steel on Target

43862 / 85000 words. 52%

Words for 2010

1360 / 250000 words. 1%


( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
Your little NaNoWriMo wordmeters are great! I need some. I wonder if they'll work on Blogger?
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
Re: Widgets!
I don't see why not. They're just small HTML commands. I go to the web site and then copy and paste the HTML back here.
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
Dude! You have a deadline like that on Thursday, and you think you'll leave the office in time on Wednesday to make it to Kendo practice? How long you been in this biz, anyway?!?! ;-D

It's deadline week for me, too, with release guides and handbooks of my own going out on Friday, plus editing my teammate's handbook to go out Friday, too. My problem is that after working at double-time all day, it's hard to go home and work on the book at all. I think I wrote 60 words last night. Sigh.

(Terie on AW)
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
I've been a tech writer for 10 years and I was an analyst/reporter for the Army for 15 before that. Long stretches of boredom intersperced with days of sheer panic. That sounds about right.

Actually, the hard part is over. Now it's just a matter of the reviewers get stuff back to me in a reasonable fashion. Believe me, I'll be bringing it up at the meeting in a couple of hours to remind them.

I'm highly sympathetic about the writing all day and then trying to write all night syndrome. That's why as soon as I get home, outside of reading my web comics, I try to do anything but write until at least 9pm. Luckily, I'm a night person, so I tend to write better after the house gets quiet for the night.

Note the operative word "tend" there. *grin*
Jan. 26th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)

I've finally got some time this week, and I have in my bag to take with me that stuff you sent for review. I already had a couple of preliminary comments, but I wanted to finish my read-through before sending you anything.
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Greatly appreciated. I figure a few extra eyes on target can only help me get this sucker ready to start sending off to agents. I like doing media work, but I'd like to have some original stuff out there too.
( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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