Jan
19
2019
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Book of the Week: The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril.

I haven’t read Paul Malmont’s  The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril: A Novel yet.  But my wife did; and when I was just complaining that I hadn’t a clue to what this week’s book of the week was she just pointed to it on the bookshelf.  It’s basically a pulp adventure starring the guys who wrote the Shadow and Doc Savage, so I pretty much have no excuse for not reading it.  Also, my wife is, like, wicked smart.  Smarter than me, and I don’t say that sort of thing lightly.  So I kind of take her opinions seriously.

Jan
18
2019
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Frozen Dreams Working Draft Process, Day Eighteen: today is a bye day.

I’m comfortably ahead of my target numbers, I’ve been steadily revising this thing since the beginning of the year, and I need to write a decent amount of bridging material.  So I am giving myself permission to take the day off from preparing the next chapter.  I need to decide what’s happening in this chapter anyway, and why it’s important enough to share with the reader.  I want this book to not ramble like the first manuscript did. Or at least not ramble as much.

Jan
17
2019
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Frozen Dreams Working Draft Process, Day Seventeen: 21 Chapters / 48,786 words.

Going to have to add two scenes to Frozen Dreams; one tomorrow, and the other… maybe tomorrow, too.  Needed to put more into a particular character, and there’s a location that I never had the good guys visit.  If it was up to them they probably would, although they probably shouldn’t.

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Jan
16
2019
0

Frozen Dreams Working Draft Process, Day Sixteen: 20 Chapters / 46,874 words.

Easy one today; nothing really needed to be added.  But there’s at least one scene that needs to be added, probably tomorrow.  Still.  We’re close to the end of the rough draft to Frozen Dreams. (more…)

Jan
15
2019
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Frozen Dreams Working Draft Process, Day Fifteen: 19 Chapters / 44,524 words.

Had to add more connective tissue to Frozen Dreams.  We’re still on track for 60K words, hey! Was expecting it to be more of a problem.

Snippet:

Here’s something that the Lore doesn’t tell you. Interrogations are boring. Exorcisms are boring. Combinations of both are boring. That’s because they’re run by cops and lawyers, and that crowd just loves boring stories where they already know what the ending is. If something new comes up at one of these things, somebody’s screwed up somewhere.

Jan
14
2019
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Frozen Dreams Working Draft Process, Day Fourteen: 17 Chapters / 39,478 words.

Had to add about a thousand new words to Frozen Dreams today.  I am really, really trying to avoid the entire “And put something here” thing that I have seen other writers refer to.  But dear Lord but I understand the temptation, there. (more…)

Jan
13
2019
0

Frozen Dreams Working Draft Process, Day Thirteen: 16 Chapters / 37,305 words.

It is speeding up, a little.  I need to make the timeline just a little bit less compressed, though.  Maybe put some stuff in earlier chapters? I dunno.  How did people do this, before computers? (more…)

Jan
12
2019
2

Book of the Week: ‘Jimmy the Kid.’

Hrm. Which Donald Westlake Dortmunder books have I done, so far?

:clickity clickity clickity:

…Good God.  Ten years, and I’ve yet to do one?  Not a single Dortmunder ‘comic criminal’ novel?  This is worse than a mistake; it’s a blunder.  I’m embarrassed for myself.  You should be embarrassed for me, too.  It’s an abject failure on my part, is what it is.

OK.  Jimmy the Kid.  They made a really, really bad movie starring Gary Coleman out of it, but that’s not Donald Westlake’s fault.  All he did was cash the check.
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Jan
12
2019
1

Frozen Dreams Working Draft Process, Day Twelve: 14 Chapters / 30,864 words.

Kind of at the halfway point here at Frozen Dreams, folks.  Kind of weird, seeing the manuscript form.  Kind of weird, thinking about the really difficult parts coming up. (more…)

Jan
11
2019
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Frozen Dreams Working Draft Process, Day Eleven: 13 Chapters / 28,994 words.

We’re getting there. Up to 83 pages in the Frozen Dreams manuscript now.  Starting to build up steam, too.  I’ll need to put more stuff in earlier, stoke the fire up a bit more. (more…)

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