At Bowling Green State University in NW Ohio for eldest daughter’s last swim meet of the season. Wrote the first half of this a couple of days ago. Shifting about on my butt-pad on the bleachers in the natatorium, I’d a few hours to see the rest. And well into, if not all of Ep30, as well. There’s one more idea I plan to unveil, then I hope to get everyone that belongs there back to Portland.
Two days ago, while typing the first bit of this episode, my wife was catching up to Ep 28. It was late in the evening, and getting dark outside, both of us on the couch. After awhile, she sighed. I looked up and right to see where she was; ah, she’d just finished. She turned to me with an odd look on her face.
“About how many words is this?”
“I think Part Three is about 16,000…”
“No. I mean the whole thing, up until this.” She gestured at what she’d been reading on her screen.
“Ummm. I’d guess maybe 36-38 thousand words?”
“Thirty eight thousands words, and just now we have a kiss with feeling behind it. Just WTF kind of ‘romance story’ is this?!”
“Uhhh…? A really slowly paced one?”
Continue reading “Under Wrap”
Title from a song from the band, Chvrches. They’re pretty good. Look ’em up.
Finally wrapping things up from this battle. There’s still much to be discovered: past and present. And: here and somewhere else. I pray I can see more through these shadows to write more. For those of you that swing that way, pray for me.
No one leaves comment! Is it broken? I shall try from my wife’s laptop, Togame, and see.
Below the fold? I see dead people.
[edited; because I’m sober, now]
Continue reading ““And if I Recover…””
Which is to say: so much on my plate: I’ve a rough of my childrens’ book for review, I’m still trying to finish my scale model of DDG-173, day-job, feeding my family…. YEARGH!
When do I get time off, tanj it?!
Below the fold, lots of things blow up.
Continue reading “Order, up!”
Rye and coffee, but you get it. I’d originally planned to make this one big scene, but 1) I don’t write that way, and 2) my precedent from Part 1 broke the battle into sub-sections, too. I’m going to do that here, as well.
Oh: ten quatloos to the first one who guesses the title of my next post. The clue is the last word, below.
Continue reading “Demon Rum”
… I don’t think they’re going to attack. I could be wrong: it might be a huge loss of face for their chieftain to suddenly call this off, but there are ways. Knowing you’re about to break the tip of your spear is a great reason to call off a battle. Just how barbaric are they? I’ve no idea. But I suspect something else. We’ll see.
This episode was a pleasure to write! I hope I can keep it up for a bit until I can find a stop-point to Part III, allowing me to work on my kid’s book. I refuse to rush either.
Continue reading “Honestly…”
Which is to say, this morning, my wife is no longer a cyborg: she had her port removed from her upper right chest. That was the mechanism through which she received her chemo back in January. While there is still a shade of doubt about her status, it was deemed healthy enough that her port be removed today. Unlike last time, 15 years ago, this was done under surgical conditions. Only took about 20 min, but the recovery was an hour, then me bringing her home an hour after that. Originally, I’d planned to return to work for half a day, but she was hurt and would be alone.
Screw work. She slept and I checked on her every 20 min. By 1400, she was stable enough for me to go get D&D (daughters and dogs) from the in-laws. By 1600, she was up and about on her own, but still a bit addled. I made Mapu Tofu for an early dinner, and afterwards retired to write what’s below. I think I might edit it, tomorrow.
Oh: belated thanks for all the ‘following’ and ‘likes’. I guess someday I’m going to have to turn this into a real book? Meh. Time be time, mon.
Continue reading “Turning away from Port”
Technically, that would be July 2nd, when the Second Continental Congress adopted Virginia’s Resolution for Independence. It was two days later, on the 4th, that Jefferson’s document, the Declaration, was approved by Congress. Traditions are funny things: how they start and evolve.
I’m planning to wrap of the next few episodes of this third segment in no more than a couple of weeks – I hope! My final illustrations for my children’s book, “Henge’s Big Day!” have come in, and I need to add the text to the body, title to the cover, legal stuff to the legal page… and then self-publish everything. Since I don’t do squat without a deadline, I’m setting September 30th as my publish date.
So, having mentioned the Declaration, how about Nichole has one, as well?
Continue reading “Independence Day”
Wrote most of this a couple of nights ago, but have learned my lesson about posting from bed. I’m starting to enjoy the rhythm of this third segment: confusion from the POV of captain Muller versus Nichole’s quiet happiness of three days earlier. Of course, they’ll start to converge and/or overlap. Maybe. I’m looking forwards to what Nichole was thinking when she went all badass on the barbarian steppe leader… who’s not as much a barbarian as we’ve been lead to believe.
Continue reading “Dammit”
Mine, in other words. I shan’t apologize for the lack of posting, but I don’t mind explaining. At the end of the last episode, I thinking I knew what I wanted to do for the next sequence of the story. The issue was, it’s somewhat unorthodox. So I froze over the weekend before last. Monday and Tuesday brought busy day-job days of our bi-annual physical inventory. Friday, we as a family were off to northern Kentucky for a swim-meet. We’d also be meeting our good friend, and my girls’ Godfather, that we’d not seen in four years (he’d been living in East Asia; back in the ‘States now). Between the swimming during the day and the drinking at night, there was no time to write.
I was beginning to freak out about that.
I told my wife last night: I don’t care what you and girls are doing Monday night, unless the house, dogs, or people are on fire, I’m writing. What with that “less of an asshole” thing that writing grants me, she was fine with that.
Below is Ep 21. I’ve seen 22 and 23; if I can convince them to order pizza or something for the next two days, these should come out fairly quickly.
Continue reading “Sandbox”
…again.” Literally in a literary sense. I ‘saw’ this beginning of the next part of the story a week ago, but was busy with RealLife(TM). When I finally sat down and did some research, I realized that rather than in the SSE of the Willamette Valley, this part of the story is going up the Columbia River, following the hydroelectric dams: given what the protagonist is, makes sense, right? Wish I knew that five days ago!
I’m making a few leaps, and would really appreciate comments good or ill as to what I’m doing. Don’t get me wrong, I like the ‘likes’ and ‘now following’ I get, but without written feedback, I can only hope I – and Nichole and the rest – are on the right path.
Continue reading ““Back in the saddle…”