A Day of Halves

It’s raining again in Austin. Flash flood warnings come and go. I’m sitting on the couch typing this right now and out the window I can see a small breaker of water forming against the curb as the runoff from the side street meets the gutter of the main ave. Cars stream by, slow down for a passing ambulance, speed up again. A truck splashes through the breaker, tossing a wave over the sidewalk.

Shelly, Elsa and I are safe, thanks for asking. We live a couple miles uphill from the river and can watch all the water running downhill from our living room. Not that I never worry about the flooding. We do what we can to stay safe. Knowing the contour of the city and staying out of the lowest part (the river basin) where it usually floods the worst, downtown, is pretty crucial. Where we live it’s not as bad.

Writing update: a day of halves

I’m about halfway through the “Wendigo” short story. I expect it to be about 8k words when it’s done. I started another untitled short story for this week’s workshop assignment, and I’m halfway through that (1,500/3,000). I’m also about halfway through the short story workshop, so today is full of halves.

I got a little stuck today on the assignment story when I was working on it earlier. Good thing about deadlines is that I can’t be stuck for long. It’s due on Monday.

Translocator 2 and Translocator 3 (the sequels to The Auriga Project) have been on my mind a lot lately. With Tales out of my hands, I guess I have the headspace for it again. I’ve got rough outlines for both books, but neither one is fully baked yet. Still, I’m researching and generating ideas. They’re coming together.

I do know this much: T2 will be my NaNo novel. That book is next on the docket and I’m nearly ready for it. So, if all goes well, Tales of the Republic will be released while I’m writing T2. If I get T2 done in time to take a holiday break, then I can bang out T3 during the early part of next year, when I’m fresh and the holiday craziness has passed.

We’ll see how it all goes. I like planning because it motivates me to keep the discipline. I’m getting better at predicting my production rate, which helps because I can meet the deadlines I set, but, as they say, “Use at your own risk. Results may vary.”

Upcoming events at the Indie Author Society

I host a series of speaking events for my organization, the Indie Author Society. These are the upcoming events that I’m hosting in Austin, TX.

Click on an event to learn more and RSVP to attend.

K9 Search and Rescue Basics for Writers
Sun Aug 28 @ 5:00 PM

How Scrivener Can Help You Win NaNoWriMo
Wed Sep 14 @ 7:00pm

How to Crowdfund Your Next Book on Kickstarter
Sun Sep 25 @ 5:00 PM

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