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The How-Did-It-Get-To-Be-February Writing Report

Fantastically busy on the writing front in the past ten days. Last night I shipped a new 5000-word story. I am unusually confident that it will find a market in its first three tries -- I am realistic to know that fit with an editor is always important.

As for the YA project, last time I wrote I mentioned that I had lost a year in the chronology, which left me scrambling not only to put in the "missing" chapters, but also rearrange chapters. Also, my Interim section, consisting of fragments and stories which hadn't yet been placed in order, had gotten too large. So I've been pulling those out and putting them in place. I've been printing the Chapter Lists and the Interim section as 6-ups (six pages on a single landscape piece of paper). The old HP DeskJet 6980 is one of their professional series and it has a very fine inkjet drop which makes even these tiny letters sharp enough to read -- and it saves paper significantly over even my usual 2-up printouts for editing.

Because of the missing year, Book 2 has blossomed considerably. I've added a temporary split into Parts A and B. As a result, the combined Book 2 has now exceeded the 80,000 word goal. Even better, the natural split between Part A and Part B is almost perfectly centered at 41,824 and 42,612 words respectively. Time will tell whether Book 2 just ends up being long, or permanently split into two parts. Given how Part A ends, it might be good to have Part B also ready to go so I don't get lynched by my mythical five readers... (evil-grin)

New Researches include: Northwestern's 2017-22 academic calendars. Top Chef Season 12 Boston. The ArtPrize in Grand Rapids should have the same schedule in 2018 as it did in 2012. From Amsterdam to Copenhagen is 8h 17min (790.9 km) driving via A1 and the ferry or 8h 30min (925.4 km) the long way around via E20 and bridges. Universitetet i Oslo (UiO) offers a Master's in Peace and Conflict Studies. Easter Sunday 2019 is 21 April. The latest Easter can be is 25 April -- the next time this occurs is 2038. Mass schedule at Northwestern's Sheil Catholic Center. "Take Me Out To The Ball Game". Chicago Lyric Opera. Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. John Hancock Tower is in Boston. John Hancock Center is in Chicago. (There is no "Willis Tower" in Chicago, BTW.) Observation venue at the Hancock Center is now 360 Chicago -- last entry at 10:30 PM daily. "TILT Outward 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile!" Menu for Russian Tea Time in Chicago. Sheepshead (Wisconsin card game). Regional names for soft drinks in the United States. Current NU ISP courses. Vienna: Hotel/Café Sacher, Café Demel, Café Landtmann, Café Sperl for pastries. (Thanks, Rebecca!) Schönbrunn Palace in Austria is the court bakery and "the center of the universe for Viennese apple strudel." $1,473.00 USD for 3 First-Class (2+1 seating) Amtrak Acela tickets New York to Boston RT or $245.00 each OW in 2015. (Recall that in 1972: New York to Boston $9.90 OW, TurboTrain $14.90, later $10,90 and $15.90, and New York to Washington $19.90 OW, Metroliner $29.90, and $49.90 or $59.90 Metroclub first-class 1+1 parlor car seating. Acela trains do not stop at Newark International Airport station, but you can take PATH from the Newark Airport and pick up the high-speed train in Newark or Penn Station in New York. (Newark platforms are easier and are in daylight.) Stupid Avis Rent-A-Car, website talks about convenient to Boston South Station, then gives you the airport location and not the address near Boston South Station. Apartment hunting around 2220 Sherman Avenue, Evanston IL near Noyes El station, the newer D&D Finer Foods, ISP House and the Technological Institute. $1500/mo for 1-bedroom. Model 1867 Rolling Block .45 Danish rifle.

With all that, the shiny counters stand at:

The Lost Kingdom Project YA Trilogy Version 1.08 (02-02-15 Mo -- 712 pages)

Book 1 (starts page 78)

Book 2 Part A (starts page 343) / Part B (starts page 492)

Book 3 (starts page 648)

The Lost Kingdom Fourth-Fifth Novels Version 1.07

* Note: the numbers for Books 1-3 don’t add up, because there is text which is in a section which hasn’t been assigned to a Book and Chapter yet.
** Note2: Page numbers are subjective. I do not write in Standard Manuscript Format, so this is Book Antiqua 12, single spaced, extra space between paragraphs, 1¼” margins for readability.
*** Note3: Decided to go ahead and insert a book between Books 3 and 4, so the extra file is technically now Books 4-5. We’ll see if I keep this configuration. The extra file version number was jumped from 1.03 to 1.07 to stay current with the main trilogy efforts.
**** Note4: I officially haven’t decided to split Book 2, calling them Book 2 Part A and Part B for now, but it has now exceeded the 80,000 word goal. Even better, the natural split between Part A and Part B is almost perfectly centered at 41,824 and 42,612 words respectively.

As they say in one of my favorite movies, Until The End Of The World, "The accounting is beginning to get very difficult."

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get my head out of the science fiction realm and back into The Lost Kingdom...

Dr. Phil
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