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In the groove . . .

I don't know what got into me today, but the muse really kicked in. I knocked out 5581 words on Harbinger today, finishing Chapter 34 and hitting over the halfway point on Chapter 35. So, I'm nearly done, right? Well, almost. In my original outline, these two chapters were supposed to be the same one, but I think it reads a lot better now. Chapter 34 gave the story a breather after one of the big confrontations and the final confrontation with the antagonists.

(Yes, I'm talking around the subject. You'll just have to wait.) ;)

So, the first draft is going to be, yet again, longer than I anticipated. Just means I'll have to be that much more thorough when I start hacking away all the unnecessary parts.

Being a history major, I've always claimed Clio as my muse, since she's the Muse of History. Maybe that's why I'm so drawn to writing Fantasy rather than SF. I do have a couple of SF projects I want to get to one of these days, as well as doing my Star Trek stories, but Fantasy, especially fantasy set in more medieval/renaissance style periods, is much more alluring to me.

(Wallace) C'mon, Grommit, can't you make it a bit more . . . alluring?(/Wallace)

Sorry, I think the silly muse just struck right there. :p

Been busy getting ready for Christmas also. Can't talk too much about it right now, since I know wishweaver reads my blog. She'll just have to wait for Sunday to find out what she's getting for Christmas. Neener, neener.

Some good news on the financial side though. There was a foul-up with my company reimbursing me for my first semester of college. However, my boss's executive assistant coordinated with Finance for me and they're supposed to direct deposit my payment in the next few days. Plus, I have the paperwork for them to reimburse me for my books and spring semester. Let's hear it for getting charges off of my credit cards. Gotta love finance . . . (try saying that with a straight face, eh?)

If the ol' muse will hang with me for just a little bit, I know I'm going to get Harbinger finished before the end of the year. Then, it's a little time off to do some reading and then we'll get back to one of the other projects, (probably CSD). Give myself a little chance to get away from Harbinger before I start the first edits. Then wishweaver gets to hack on it and then I get to hack on it again. Hopefully, by then it'll be close to being in shape to start shopping it around.

Go, Clio!

Current Harbinger status:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
143,948 / 145,000


( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Dec. 21st, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
Wow...very impressive word count!

Congrats on being almost finished!
Dec. 21st, 2005 08:47 am (UTC)
Glad it's going well! (Race you!)
Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
I have about 3,000 words to go to finish the first draft. How much more do you have again?
Dec. 22nd, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'm 10K short. Was 8K short, then had to delete 2 draft scenes :(

However, the race I propose is to get a contract, unless you already have one.
Dec. 22nd, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
Nope, no contract on Harbinger yet. This is the first thing I've done on spec.

Sure, sounds good to me. First one to get a contract on the book wins. Loser has to buy the winner a round of their favorite scotch.

(What can I say? I'm looking for an excuse to come back to the isles.)
Dec. 22nd, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
Hack? *tsks* That's a naughty word. I never hack... ;-)
( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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