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April 20th, 2015

12:26 am
Detours and Dead Ends Along The Way

The last week had been very productive, but not particularly for either word or page counts. Finished taxes, had one night out for the Mythbusters and another for the monthly Game Night -- all important things to do. Dinners in and out.

Also, I spent a little time this week on a detour over in Book 2 which was pretty important. Even while editing, I can't quite stop the spigot of ideas, so sometimes one needs to put something down or realize you now understand how something is going to work. As I've said before, writing is not a linear process with me.

Other detours come up during the editing. Continuity checks, foreshadowing details -- what and when do the characters know things, or even when they appear.

Dead ends, on the other hand, represents things you come up with which either are inappropriate for the current work or unnecessary (or even impossible). The creative mind comes up with things which you might have to file away as stuff the author needs to know about. As wonderful a tapestry we weave, just don't need to put it all on the page for the reader.

Book 1 Part B Pass 1 continues to be a sticky wicket -- but I am almost through the difficult section from page 411 to 440 or 450 probably now. It continues to fascinate me how many things I think I have written, only to find markers or the odd line of dialogue followed by a buncha blank lines. Fill Me In Later. Oh. Well, duh, later is now, I guess.

Hard, too, to continue to write for and flesh out a character who you already know is not going to survive the next thirty pages... What, you're dying to know the story I'm writing? Well, here's this week's "hints" based on:

New Researches: Top 10 Fastest Sedans In The World. (The winner? An American... The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with a 707 hp V8 and tops out at 204 mph, even with four doors.) Large stretches of the German Autobahn network do not feature any speed limit except a recommended 130 km/h (81 mph). 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG - V12 biturbo engine 621 hp - electronically limited top speed of 300 kph (186 mph). 1998 BMW 850Ci – M73 V12 engine 322 hp - electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Gillardeau oysters, since 1898 from Bourcefranc-le-Chapus near La Rochelle and the Île d'Oléron in western France.

Yeah, this week heavily used existing notes and expanding the existing story.

Book 1 Page Edits (Pass 1)


The Lost Kingdom Project YA Trilogy Version 1.10 (04-20-15 Mo, 1253 pages)


Book 1 Part A (103,757 words, starts page 44) / Part B (63,588 words, starts page 379)


Since I've already blown the 80,000 word limit for Book 1 Part A and Part B is heading towards 70,000 words, I upped the total for Book 1 from 160,000 to 180,000 words. Annoying, but necessary for now.

So, a short entry from me this week, but I really want to get back to writing. Someone needs a glass of water and some aspirin for their hangover... (What? You think it's me? Whoa -- I don't drink.)

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03:53 pm
77 / 200

So Channel 3 said on Friday that West Michigan hit 77°F for the first time in two hundred days. Lovely Spring weather. Mrs. Dr. Phil kept on saying it was summer, but she'd been in a meeting where the sun was broiling the room, so she's biased. Saturday was almost as warm -- lovely day for one last meat up with Momcat and Joe at what he called "The Bug Bunny" -- Grand Coney in Allendale. Then off to a game night.

Sunday still got up to 69-72°F, but by late afternoon it was all steady rain and cooling off. It's 4pm Monday and been gray and raining on and off all day. It's gotten all the way up to 46°F so far.

Definitely Spring, it's greening up. Our little bed of a couple of daffodils shows nice healthy green stands of leaves, but no hint of flowers yet. There are some daffodils about a mile from us and the peepers are still raising a ruckus at night so... Spring. The forsythia bush has one branch with bright yello flowers, hopefully the rest of it will be coming. We think that one branch gets more sun from a gap in the trees. (grin) It's gonna be a cooler week, though.

Speaking of Spring, I guess it's Finals Week at Western -- since I'm not teaching, I'm just not in touch with the calendar. But I did have an office run on Wednesday -- gorgeous day and topped out at 69-72°F.

But as I was leaving, I spotted an unusual sight -- a class being held outdoors of Everett Tower and Rood Hall. Huh. A mobile white board and a music stand as a lectern. And it was a Math class. Man, usually the outdoor classes are social sciences or literature. But no, they're dealing with polar coordinates. And mostly the students are taking notes or crap. Not even texting...


Naturally it's a young guy. Usually you can't bribe or badger the fogies to do an outdoor class. Physics is Phun enough, we don't need to go outdoors. Not unless we're pushing Suburbans around or launching water rockets. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Inset from a second frame. In the time I stooped the walker, got out the Nikon D100 and took a coupke of shots, he made a couple of jokes. Sine of zero is zero. Anything times zero is...? Come on, the zero multiplication tables are going to be on the Final...
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Took another shot from the Blazer, showing the class spread out. There's one guy leaning back on both hands. Yeah, he's taking notes. (Click on photo for larger.)
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09:35 pm
Game Nights! Times Two

Game Night Saturday 21 March 2015

Yeah, I'm behind a couple of blog posts, so I have TWO Game Nights at the Morgans to cover.


The big game was Pandemic, which was being setup here. (Click on photo for larger.)
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A cooperative game, lots of fun. But I think we did three rounds of it -- and everybody died each time. Oh well, that's life. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Afterward we played a couple of much lighter games -- an old card game based on commodities trading. And a delightfully silly card game called Nanook, where you do bridge-like betting on how good a hunter/fisherman you are. Probably violates cultural approbation and all, but then we also play Cards Against Humanity, so... there's that. I ended up ending most of the rounds by saying "No." Except once. Remarkably, I picked right most of the time. (evil-grin) It was an interesting strategy.

Game Night Saturday 18 April 2015


We've been buying Mexican Coke (DW) (LJ) for Game Nights at the Shell station at I-96 Exit 16. I've not had Coke at home since I was hospitalized. This green bottle was Coca-Cola's new Coke life (the capital part of the L is silent), which was a mix of cane sugar and stevia -- 60 calories per 8 oz., versus 100 calories for 8 ounces with high fructose corn syrup. Flavor? Adequate. The little bottles were stuck in the freezer to chill -- and they tended toward a superchilled slushie. (grin) ---- And the game we're playing? Everyone is at the big table playing Eldritch Horror. Sort of a Lovecraftian version of Pandemic. Yes, your health points are the little red hearts and sanity points are the little blue brains on the right. Brains. BRAINSSSS. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Our host Ed. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Looks like we're having a seriously good move here! (Click on photo for larger.)
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Our hostess Mary got up and started taking pictures, too. (Click on photo for larger.)
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And there's Mary! (Click on photo for larger.)
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It's Dr. and Mrs. Dr. Phil and everyone, with Mary behind the camera. You can see we're playing dueling cameras. -- Foreground is Kyle on the right and Kyle's elevated broken ankle in a cast on the left. I am not that flexible, and I'll take a walker or canes over crutches. (Click on photo for larger.)
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The 1st and 2nd Place finishers. Yeah, this isn't the same game. We put several hours into Eldritch Horrors and we weren't winning the cooperative game. So the gang split into two. This table played Lords of Watersmeet. I had one real chance at the end, betting on being able to finish one big payoff quest and was one move away from getting it done. I probably couldn't win, but I might've been second. Oh well, still I came in 4th out of five. (Click on photo for larger.)
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A most excellent five and a half hours. Also garlic dip, onion dip, garlic cheese bread and everything flavored bagel chip crisps. No worry about vampires in this crowd!

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