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First, I’m still on schedule with the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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Last Wednesday, I had started Chapter 36. Yesterday, I started Chapter 39. So, that’s actually a bit ahead of schedule. And, better yet, I’m starting to be able to visualize all the chapters that will get me from there to the climax.

That said, I didn’t get much more than a paragraph written yesterday because . . . distractions. And not necessarily the ones you might expect of a holiday week.

The first distraction was pain. See, my dog is now 14 and 1/2.

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(That’s not a current picture of Micah. He’s got a lot more grey on his face, now.) He doesn’t like going up and down the steps from the house to the patio and from the patio to the ground. The steps from the patio to the ground have a very low rise and are . . . is wider the right term here? Anyway:

Steps up to Patio

(This picture was taken before I’d done the spring cleanup.) Well, to get to the point: Monday night I was at the top of the steps trying to encourage Micah to climb up. He had, as he often does, stopped half-way. This was at about 10 o’clock at night, by the way. You can’t really see it in this photo unless you know what you’re looking for, but the patio has sunk a little–about an inch or so–just behind the top step. So, I started to go down to encourage Micah but, because I was concentrating on the dog instead of where I put my feet, I caught my foot on that little lip. And ended up at the bottom of the steps, landing hard on my left shoulder (the bad one that I hurt years ago). And I seem to have hit every single brick step on the way down. So, yesterday morning I was not exactly comfortable and not concentrating as well as I might. (I’m much better today, though I’m still not going to raise my left arm over my head very often.)

I decided to spend a little time preparing for tomorrow’s #ThemeThursday, which will be reluctant heroes. I was looking for an image to use in a twitter post for THE BARD’S GIFT. I found one. In fact, the image was so perfect I ended up making a new cover.

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And using the image from the old cover for the promo.

TBG Reluctant Hero

But, hey, for a change I’m all ready for #ThemeThursday. And still on schedule with the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM. So, win-win.

 

 

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Summer

Oops. Forgot to post yesterday. All I can say is that it didn’t feel like Wednesday. The last week of school is always a little nuts and yesterday was no exception.

But, as of about noon today, school is out for the summer! Two and a half months. Time to buckle down and really get some work done on BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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I’m on chapter 33 and about 62,000 words. The goal is to finish this first draft before school starts up again in September.

However, it’s already been a crazy week. I strongly suspect a nap may happen first.

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Melting

It’s been a miserable few days here–hot and humid. I generally don’t deal well with heat and I really don’t deal well with humidity combined with heat. It’s 90 degrees right now, at ten o’clock in the morning. And overcast. Which makes it really miserable.

And, since my brain doesn’t work any better than the rest of me, progress on BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING has slowed to a crawl.

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Still plugging away, but . . . yeah, I haven’t finished that chapter yet. Really hard to concentrate when I break into a sweat just sitting at my computer with two fans on me.

Fortunately, the heat is supposed to break tomorrow. Unfortunately (for my writing time) I go back to work on Thursday. So, this one is just going to take way longer than I planned.

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Distractions

I planned to get a lot more writing done on the prequel to BECOME this weekend. I also planned to get a fair amount of work done outside. The yard really needs to be mowed. And I’m trying to gradually put in some xeriscape plants to replace the large . . . well, I can’t exactly call it a lawn . . . grassy/weedy area out front.

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(This is a very old picture, probably 1930’s or early 1940’s, and the house has been added onto since then, but you can see that the front “lawn” is pretty good-sized. That photo isn’t even taken from the far end of it. No, I have no idea what that big hole was.)

Plus, of course, all of the usual things I normally have to get done on the weekends, like laundry.

Yeah, I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew sometimes. Usually, it just ends with me feeling like a should have accomplished more, somehow.

I’m not sure quite what I did while planting that one-gallon pyracantha. It shouldn’t have been anything I haven’t done a hundred times before. But I must have moved wrong or something. And I’ve been hurting ever since. It’s not nearly as bad today, but enough to kill any ambition to get the mower out. Well, the grass/weeds are still probably too wet from last weekend’s storms anyway. I didn’t even get the two smaller lavender plants out. They’ll hold in their pots for a week or so.

Also, unfortunately, not very conducive to the kind of concentration needed for writing.

 

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I was making good progress with my writing on BECOME this morning.

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And then, after I finished a scene, I paused to go do the grocery shopping–and got a flat tire.

Fortunately, I have hazard insurance (they have a different name for it) on those tires, so America’s Tire Company replaced it, rotated the tires, and checked the air in all of them. And all it cost me was $17.25 for the same insurance on the new tire.

That’s a huge relief.

Well, $17.25 and the time. Which wasn’t really very long, but . . . well, you know how a change in schedule like that can sort of cascade. And then I was tired.

I’m still going to get back into that chapter. Soon.

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Starting yesterday, I have seventeen straight days off. I hope to get a lot of writing on BECOME done in that time.

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Though, of course, there will be a few distractions along the way, too.

I don’t expect anything like a chapter a day. Which is good, because I’m not on that pace so far.

Today is also a sad anniversary. Fifteen years ago today was the day my first Cardigan Welsh corgi, Aliza (Tricreeks Simply Irresistible, NJP, CGC) arrived in my life.

My first view of Aliza

The first time I saw Aliza

She was fifteen months old when she came to me and four months shy of sixteen years old when I lost her last spring. Miss you, sweetest girl.

 

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For this week and next, my work schedule has changed. And it’s messing with my writing time. Or, at least, I’m finding it harder to whip my muse into action during the time I have available now. Maddening, just as I developed a really good idea of how the next few chapters need to go. At least I’ve made notes.

On the other hand, after next week, I’ll have two weeks off. So that should help me recover and get back to some real work on BECOME.

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