Oh Yeah

1036 words tonight.  End of scene.  End of chapter.  Weird aliens getting weirder.

Rolling total 86,683.

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Sometimes It’s Hard

Kinda like tonight, for instance.  I'm working on the scene I started last night, which features the unsane aliens.  It's not hard to describe the actions.  But getting my head in a place where I can sort of understand the motivations of the aliens is a strain.  And then trying to figure out what to put on the page so that the reader has some idea of what's really happening in the mind of something that has a lot more in common with a praying mantis than with us just adds to the tension of creating the scene.

I'm weary.  But I did get 580 words done in a short writing session tonight.  Almost done with the scene.

Rolling total now = 85,647.

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No Foolin’

1180 words added to Span of Empire tonight.  Wrote two scenes and started a third.  And the big creepy aliens are baaa-aaack.

Rolling total = 85,067.

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Advance Notice

The only con I expect to make this year is SoonerCon 23, June 27-29, 2014. Midwest City, Ok.  Guest of Honor is Glen Cook.

If you're in the Oklahoma City area, drop by.

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Return of the Author

So, at long last returned to Span of Empire.  Been off it for waaaaay too long.  Tonight I rewrote a scene that had basically been part of the cause of my block.  It was a good scene, but not for the characters, and for the longest time I couldn't find a path out.  Path found tonight, added some new words.

New rolling total baseline = 83,887 words. 

Felt good.

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And to round off the evening, a Fictorians blurb

The Fictorians writing blog dedicated March 2014 to blogs about various legal issues of which writers ought to be aware.  Lots of good topics, including taxes, contracts, copyrights, and other such legal stuff.  We pulled in a number of guest posters, including M. Scott Boone, who blogs at http://writerinlaw.com/.  (Go read his stuff.)  And yours truly contributed an article or three.

Go check it out at http://www.fictorians.com/.  You'll be glad you did.

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Something I forgot to mention…

Back last year, second quarter, maybe, I wrote a nice long 1632-verse novella involving my characters Byron and Gotthilf.  It came in at a bit over 33,000 words.  The final title was Hide Trouble From Mine Eyes.

The original game plan was for it to be combined with the earlier Byron and Gotthilf stories and be published as a separate book.  However, my editor/collaborator Eric Flint changed my plans for me.  smiley

After he read it, he told me he wanted it for Ring of Fire IV, the next Ring of Fire anthology, which should come out sometime next year.  Worked for me.  smiley

Story arc-wise, Hide Trouble From Mine Eyes will fit in between the three stories in the Murder section of 1635: Music and Murder and the beginning of 1636: The Devil's Opera.  It's a detective story, natch.  Murder mystery.  My alpha readers tell me that it's very good and chilling and the villain is surprising.

So Byron and Gotthilf fans, stay tuned.  As soon as I know publication details for ROF IV, I'll let you know.

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Latest News on 1636: The Devil’s Opera

The book seems to be selling well in both paper and e-formats.  [sounds of unseemly celebration in the background].

For those of you who like audiobooks, 1636: The Devil's Opera is now available in audio format.  Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/1636-The-Devils-Opera/dp/B00HI45AAQ/ref=sr_1_3_title_2_audd?ie=UTF8&qid=1395713464&sr=8-3&keywords=david+carrico

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Apologies and Mea Culpas

I have been absent from here for (counts on fingers) about four months. No real excuse, other than I was dealing with a lot of stress in my day job and in other Real Life ™ situations that just pretty much suppressed my writing, both non-fiction and fiction.

Apologies to all. I’ll try not to let it happen again.

I am returning to the writing mode in small steps. Tonight’s step is to post this apology and a couple of other things here.

I plan to kick the fiction writing off in a day or so.

Hang in there, word counts will start building again soon.

Thanks for your patience.

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And A Moment Of Release

My writing mind finally solved a problem I didn't even recognize I was dealing with. I had to back up and add 517 words to a scene I had just written, but that added balance to the story, and now I can move on to the next scene.

Rolling total now = 81,381.

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