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December, the lazy month when I let myself not write or even think about writing–mostly. The stress of NANO is over and I’m in recovery. And prepping for the new year. I’ve reviewed 2016, written my assessment and decided my writing goals for 2017. Will post those here New Year’s Day.

Meanwhile ...https://youtu.be/2JVq12rTuaQ

Happy New Year!

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Rained last night. This morning the grass is damp, the eaves drip, desiccated leaves stick to the soles of my ballet slipper flats. I walked around the yard hoping to spot Loki’s red tag but no luck.

She caught the bracelet collar on something, managed to pull free but it unhooked and her tag fell off somewhere. Luckily I’ve got the tag from her first vaccinations with the National ID number on it so I’ll keep that one secure.

I’m in that empty head state that descends once I’ve finished a major writing endeavor like Nano but I don’t like to drift so last week I did setting development work on A Fall of Diamonds and yesterday I read over the short story I finished in October to see how to improve it.

Alabama’s winter weather shifts every day. Some days are cold, a roustabout wind hisses about the house, some days a thunderstorm shakes us and furious rain beats down, and some days outside is humid, no breeze at all, just warm, still air.

Saturday frost slicked my car’s roof and Tuesday dawned warm and misty. The pecan tree is just about bare of leaves and the squirrels have moved out for the winter.

Today I’m going to run that short story through my mind again. Maybe it doesn’t need much more work, but I’ll see. There are a few things that need doing. It has a January 31st deadline for the anthology so I expect to have it ready to go soon.

I’m planning 2017’s writing agenda. I have two stories out right now and my fingers and toes are crossed. They’re both good pieces. I’ve got a personal essay to submit too but have to go over it, make sure it’s properly polished before winging it to the chosen publication, and in January for sure I’ll be back working seriously on the second draft of  A Fall of Diamonds.

My Christmas gifts are all mailed off, 12 more days–Merry Christmas!

 

nano progress

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Day 23  1463

Day 24  Took the day off for Thanksgiving

Day 25  3406

 

Managed another 3 pages, updated today’s count. Close to the end and I’d like to finish before November 30.

Meanwhile I’m also writing a science fiction short story, Point of Pride. I’ve finished the first draft and I’m now in the middle of revising it. The magazine I want to submit to has a December 1 deadline so I’m a little bit under the bus already.

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nano progress

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Day 21  1696

Day 22  1950

 

12,717 more words to go on A Fall of Diamonds. It’s a mess of course, not sure I can call it a novel but it’s more like the makings of a novel. I’ve got so much plot in the story I don’t know what to do. And I still struggle with scene and sequel structure. People say your premise tells you what scenes you’ll need. Really? Outside of the opening scene I never know what scenes I’ll need. Every novel is a mystery to me. That’s why I write scenes out of sequence, creating a crazy quilt of the story. I put them together later, and I guess I have developed enough skill to be somewhat successful in writing fiction. I’ve published a few short stories and cobbled together three passably decent novels (not to mention all the Nano manuscripts in my files) but even the three good ones still need work, not ready for prime time yet.

I guess though I’m being too hard on myself and not recognizing that all I have to do is to keep writing. So despite my bouncing about and banging into walls, I’ll keep writing.

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