WIP: Another Good Day

Things are coming together.

Wednesday

Morning routine. Daughter off to school. And even though it was her short school day and we were by ourselves for the rest of the afternoon and evening, I got some good work done.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] In working to resolve the incompatible plots, I realized I was misreading my plan (spreadsheet, actually), jamming the action from two planned chapters into one. When I got that sorted out, I discovered not only that I was further along than I thought I was, but also that the book is on track to be 60 – 70 thousand words, not 100+ thousand. That’s a relief! I still need to crank up my output, but that brings the end a lot closer. And, I had another good day of productivity, not quite pulp speed, but enough to feel good.

I’ll take it.

WIP: A Good Day For Vampires

But not for Trump.

Tuesday

Off to a good start. Morning routine, daughter off to school. Spent too much time distracted by Trump’s debate debacle, but what are you going to do. Had my daughter to myself for the evening, but managed to get back to work after getting her to bed, then worked very late.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] I had a good day with this book. I didn’t quite make pulp speed, but I got back on track, and I feel good about the next few days, though I’m not sure what will happen. A while back I noted that I had the plot worked out for this book. I was wrong about that. Looking at my notes now, I see that I have two incompatible plots for this part of the book. In addition, my sense of what happens may be different from either of them. No matter. Tomorrow I will figure out what is right and keep on writing.

Now, though, I sleep.

WIP: Still Going Forward

A short day, but on it goes.

Friday

Started strong: Morning routine. Daughter off to school without rushing for a nice change. Spent about an hour writing an e-mail to Elizabeth’s school to handle a complicated situation. Got to writing about ten.

Had to stop at one, though. Elizabeth’s class was having a planting day event at school, and they had invited all the parents to help. I was the only one who showed up, and it seemed as though they didn’t expect anyone. The one-hour planting day event was actually only five minutes of dropping seeds in a hole, which seems like a small benefit for suspending work from one to five.

After dinner, endured some distractions trying to combat spam and to stay efficient without compromising my values. More work late, but I was tired. To bed not too late.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] In word count, it was not a great day for this book, but at least it’s still going forward. I looked over the work done so far with the idea of maybe breaking things out into scenes that fit and flow better, but I’m not sure that can be done without significant rewriting. As always, I remember the work I’ve done as clunky and awkward and lame, but when I actually read it, I think it’s really good. That’s a nice problem to have, I suppose.

If this book does not break out significantly in the next few days, I may have to put it on the back burner to meet the significant deadline I have coming up. I really don’t want to do that, but this is not actually the critical book, and time is flying.

Ever onward.

WIP: Better Again

I seem to be pointed in the right direction again. That’s good.

Thursday

It was close to a perfect day: Morning routine. Daughter to school. Writing. Picked up daughter. Dinner. Homework. Little more work. Didn’t stay up late like an idiot. Nice.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] I had a good day with this book. Not great, but good. I didn’t quite make pulp speed, but I got close.

One challenge right now is the constant flow of ideas I have for making things more detailed and fun, and though the book keeps running long already, I can’t resist packing more in when I can. I sure do have a lot of subplots going on in this story. I’ve been trying to keep the book’s construction firmly in the Scene/Sequel structure, but I’m wondering of the whole thing will flow better if I let that go and just write scenes that feel like Scene/Sequel. I think I will give it a try. It would cost me some time to make the changes to what I’ve already done (and even more if I don’t like the change and change back), but it will give me much more flexibility for arranging the subplots and ret-conning all the good ideas I keep getting in the middle of things.

Good problems to have. For a change.

Onward.

WIP: A Surprising Conclusion

My quest led me to a surprising end.

Wednesday

You’ve heard this part before: Daughter off to school, morning routine, then tried to get back to work but wanted to find an ending point in my tool research.

Strange Trip, Wish It Had Been Shorter

This experience started with my trying to adopt a tool for a static website and realizing that my time would be better spent using professionally developed tools instead of developing tools myself. With that realization, I began seriously looking at the professional equivalents of my current tools.

Today I think I reached the end of that chain by evaluating all my options and installing some of them. What I found was deeply disappointing.

I won’t name names, but in all cases, I found that my personal tools are both more powerful, practical, and simple than the “professional” options. In all cases, I concluded that it would take much longer to make the professional tool do what I want than to simply maintain, extend, or even write my own.

What’s more, adopting the professional tool would create lock-in and other serious drawbacks that make the situation even worse. Down the road, for some work that I don’t currently do but might someday, some professional tools look better—but they might not be in practice.

At any rate, for now, I’m happy to report that my quest for the best tools has led me to right where I currently am. That will save time in migration, that’s for sure, and having taken the trip will help me sleep better.

Of course, now this experience has me thinking about my website again. Using existing tools is not without its own costs. As long as I’m maintaining the code for creating my books, I’m sure I will keep gradually extending the capability to create the descriptions for books and for series, and eventually it will be easier to finish the transition than to work with WordPress.

Not now, though. Now I have books to write and to publish.

No more wasting time.