WIP: Not This Again

Gotta get out of this place.


Daughter off to school. Morning routine. Spent way too much time investigating a new tool and not enough writing. Unfortunately, it feels like it can’t be helped. It really feels as though the new tool may unleash a river of creativity that is currently impossible, but it would be a monumental change. If I am to make the change, though, it has to be within the next week or two. It would be a huge lifestyle change, but I’m thinking a river of creativity would be worth it. So much to consider.

And in the end, not much writing done.

Have to find a way past this.

WIP: Surely (But Slowly)

And so it continues…


Daughter to school. Morning routine. Blah, blah, work. Blah, blah, marketing meeting. Dinner, home, tired, slept early.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] Another typical day. Got some words, but not enough. Another bit character wants to take on a bigger role, and probably will. Plus, I think we’re about to meet some characters I didn’t expect at all (but probably should have). It’s rolling, I just need more focused effort.

I feel like I’m almost there.

WIP: Still Not Fast Enough

If it wasn’t for those deadlines, I would be doing okay.


Got my daughter off to school, then took a two-mile walk along the canal. Morning routine, some food, then got some work done. Unreasonably distracted looking for a better theme for my website, an unproductive waste of time that I wish I could stop doing so often. Picked up my daughter after school, ran an errand, visited the library. Dinner, homework, bath, and another day gone. Re-energized with a long nap, then got back to work.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] I’m still worried that this story isn’t interesting or exciting enough. It’s a familiar worry, but what if it’s right? Anyway, I made it through Part 1, wherein it is established that someone really is biting people. They don’t know yet that it’s a real vampire, but they’re about to find out.

In interesting development today was that two characters that started in throwaway bit roles, medics who drive the golf cart ambulance and pick up victims, have turned into real characters with story arcs that develop throughout the narrative. I didn’t see that coming, and it’s always fun when that happens.

Anyway, it’s going forward, and I could be happy with the progress if I didn’t have hard deadlines coming up. I need to find a way to go faster.

And I will.

WIP: Making This Interesting

To be clear, the work is going forward, just not as quickly as I would like.


Started the day with my morning routine, then had to stop everything for a doctor appointment. Didn’t get properly to work until around noon. Working didn’t last long, however, because Wednesdays are early-release days at the local schools, so it was time to help my daughter with her homework and get her ready to go get soccer gear. I got some more work done while my wife took my daughter on that errand, but as soon as they got home I had to try to fix my wife’s computer (my daughter spilled water on it somersaulting over the couch) and return the soccer cleats (one pair, both left shoes, two different sizes). Returning from that, I was tired, and we needed to get to bed early because we have to get up super early to take my wife to the airport for a trip to Washington. Whew!

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] I worked through the problems I encountered yesterday, but today something new got in the way: This new vampire, could she jump up and run off when they touch her, or does she sneak away when they’re not looking? Having her jump up would sure be exciting. Alas, that would remove some of the mystery Vance and Allison are trying to solve, which would change everything. It took a while to think this through, but I think my answer is right. Nonetheless, things are about to get very bite-y.

Though I didn’t get as many words in as I would like, I still think I’m in a good place.

Power on!

WIP: Where. Are. The. Vampires?

Okay, so I’m way behind. Again.


It was pretty much a new-normal day: start with morning routine, take the little girl to the school bus, work, lunch, work, get the little girl, homework, dinner, bath, more work. Except also with a major grocery run in there.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] I did not get the words I wanted to done today, because I had reached a dilemma: I had been working toward two different events that I realized were contradictory: a victim was both going missing and also attacking someone. So, I had to backtrack through the story and look ahead at what I’ve got coming up to figure out what is really going on here. Then, because it’s the end of Part 1, I had to look at what that amounted to to figure out if there is enough drama and if the story still has the right balance. It took a lot of time and brainpower to be sure. Also, I was thinking maybe the story is boring and terrible. Dean Wesley Smith has said (and I think I cited him as saying before) that it’s pretty standard to have these thoughts creep in at about this point in writing a book. The only solution is to keep writing.

While I was trying to figure things out with Vampires, I looked ahead to My Dad and Me and Jack Swilling and Secret Project #1. I have much more done for the secret projects than for My Dad and Me. Maybe I will have to write these in tandem. At any rate, it is good to be able to switch to another project when you get stuck on one.

The real point is to rack up the words, which I didn’t today. I topped out under a thousand words, which is way off the mark. I need to crank this up.

I still believe.

WIP: Kick The Tires

After a long rough patch, a day with only the acceptable minimum feels like flying.


Started the day with my miracle morning routine, including a long walk by the canal. Got to work and stayed with it. Went to get my daughter, then spent the next five hours on homework, dinner, and bath (I know, that’s insane). Got back to work later.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] Some humorous (I hope) bits today, rebounding from one bit of action on the way to another. It felt like too much talking, but it always feels like something is wrong, and maybe it is.

I hit 2,000 new words of fiction today. That’s not quite pulp speed, and it’s still only a fraction of my goal, but it still felt like flying.

And tomorrow will be even better.

WIP: Sunday, Better Sunday

When the standard has become no forward movement on the weekends, even a little progress feels like a great day.


Got the day to a good start. Went to Sunday School orientation at UUCP. Visited my parents. Got some work done. Ran a poker tournament. Relaxed. To bed early. Prepared for good week.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] I seem to have reached the point in the work where the words flow when I am at the keyboard. It’s interesting, because the characters want to do things on their own, and things happen that I didn’t see coming, and it feels as much like I am observing the story as creating it.

I didn’t get as much done on this story this weekend as I had hoped, but nonetheless, I am in a good position.

I will finish this book this week.

Secret Project #3

 [Cover of Secret Project #3: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] Today is September 11th. Fifteen years ago today, well, everything changed. The events of that day are central to the plot of the book I’m currently calling Secret Project #3. And then it gets even bigger. I can’t wait to get to the writing of this book. It might be a stupendous success. It could also, however, be a crippling failure. At this point, however, I don’t know how to not do it.

So, I hope it turns out well. We’ll see soon.

WIP: I Can Make Saturdays Better

Many of my problems have the same solution.


Rose early and got my morning routine done. Wasn’t early enough to get real work done, however. Immediately we were off to Elizabeth’s soccer thing orientation, then off to Standing Rock solidarity thing at Wesley Bolen Park. Then I was off to run poker. Afterward, I was home for nap, and after that, I was groggy an dlounged for a long time. Late at night, I worked on VVC. It was better than nothing.

I complain that my weekends are busy (and my weekdays frequently unproductive), but I think the answer is mine to take: I think rising early would fix everything. I will make that a habit.

This week.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] Late at night I got a few writing sessions in. I didn’t make as much progress as I wanted, but it is still good to be moving forward, and any progress on the weekends at all feels like a victory. I’ll take it for now, but I need better.

And I’ll get it.