Jan
22
2019
1

In a just world, ‘Sort By Controversial’ would be optioned right now.

It’d also be a shoo-in for the Hugo for Short Story, or the Bram Stoker for Short Fiction. I weep that the author never tried to sell ‘Sort By Controversial‘ for cash money.  It’s absolutely worth it.

Jan
21
2019
4

Still stalled on that one chapter in Frozen Dreams.

I am giving serious consideration to just compiling it, maybe after doing a summary of the boring crud that would happen in that chapter, and seeing what my alpha readers think.  The issue is, the characters think that they have to go to a particular place, but they happen to be wrong. I don’t mind wasting their time, but I do mind wasting the reader’s.

So I dunno.

Moe Lane

PS: The other problem is, somebody’s got to read the dang book before they can give me an opinion on how to fix this, methinks.

Jan
20
2019
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Frozen Dreams Working Draft Process, Day Twenty: 27-sorta Chapters / 55,934 Words.

It’s not done, per se. But Frozen Dreams has been fully transferred to Scrivener, so as soon as I finish that one chapter, clean up the ones that I’ve simply transferred, and gotten the word count up to 60K, it’ll be ready for the next step.  Which is to say, compiling it to manuscript form.  That’s simultaneously cool, and alarming.

Of course, I have to finish that one damned chapter. It’s necessary, but it’s boring and I have nothing really for them to do there. I know; those two statements aren’t compatible, which is why I’m still trying to reconcile them. Hopefully after I hack something out my alpha readers can tell me what’s going wrong.

Moe Lane

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Jan
19
2019
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Frozen Dreams Working Draft Process, Day Nineteen: 23-ish Chapters / 50,915 Words.

23-ish because I’m not done with a section of Chapter 22 of Frozen Dreams yet. Or Chapter 23, in fact. Had to put together about 1100 words to make stuff work, and it’s not done.  But we endeavor to persevere. (more…)

Jan
19
2019
3

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
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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…)

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