Sunday, 7 April 2013

Day Ninety-Seven: 27,482 Words

1,049 words. Five pages. This is more like it. Too bad I’m going away next week.

I decided to break things up significantly today, ending Chapter Eight at a much earlier point than planned (the content will still be there, it just will cover another chapter as well) and jumping in to Chapter Nine. Dow and Bessette are starting to run into some interference as they attempt to interview Charlie Adlard—Cole’s boss at the Dennison-Holt Lunar Preservation Commission—in his office, and they’re starting to butt heads over it a little, too. Some things are starting to come to the surface in terms of their ability to trust one-another.

It feels pretty good, though I feel like I’m writing Dow a little too weird again. He keeps leaning that way in my mind, and I’m not sure why. I don’t dislike it, either, it just requires a significant revamp of his character to make it really work, you know? It’s frustrating because I don’t quite know what to do with it right now.

That’s all for me today. As a reminder, I’ll be gone next week while I work on a writing sample to accompany a job application. The usual Monday “Week in Review” post will go up as planned, but I won’t really be around again until the 15th. Might pop in to show you guys a little of what I’m working on, though, if I get to a point where I think it’s okay. It’s pretty cool. I’m excited.

See you guys later.

 

-Sean

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Day Ninety-Six: Again With the Thing

No words. No pages. No progress. These days where I’m going to work and trying to write are getting harder and harder. Or maybe I just suck at this. I don’t know.

 

-Sean

Day Ninety-Five: 26,430 Words

So, I knew that I was going out last night and made sure that I had a post set aside and set to go live promptly at nine. Except it didn’t. Because, I don’t know, I don’t know how to use computers? Sorry guys, this one is on me.

Oh, and many thank you’s to the reader who emailed me today to ask what was up.


321 words. One page. It isn’t much, but it’s better than the last couple of days…

Work continue on Chapter Eight. I’d still really like to finish it by the end of the week, and—in a perfect world—I’ll be able to break 30k by Sunday. I have decided that I want to take next week off from Hey, Internet! so that I can dedicate myself to the writing sample I’ve been also trying to work on this week. I just need to get it done and really focus on it, so I’m going to try to power through the pages these next couple of days so I can feel good about the leave of absence.

 

-Sean

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Day Ninety-Four: Again

Still no progress today, as I go to work and spend my spare minutes writing something else. I’m still sorry about it, but I don’t really regret it…You know what I mean? I’d still like to at least get to the end of Chapter Eight this week, but with this other stuff going on I think that I might take the whole of next week off from the site. Just wanted to give a little advance notice.

 

-Sean

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Day Ninety-Three: Still 26,109 Words

Zero words, today. Zero pages. Some stuff came up…And some of it was just regular stuff, and then some more of it was potentially good stuff that I can’t really talk about. And, now that I can actually write, I’m all tired and bleary-eyed and want to just go to bed so I can start early tomorrow.

So I’m going to do that.

 

-Sean

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Day Ninety-Two: 26,109 Words

1,237 words. 5 pages.

Dow woke up a little sarcastic today. Which is better than the hangover I had been planning, and also works a little more in the character’s favor. There are a lot of little things in these beginning pages of Chapter Eight: Dow trying to call his wife, a basic rundown of the way that his quarters are laid out, some patter with Bessette, and a little bit of shock at waking up looking a few years younger.

That’s one of my favorite side effects of spending time in low or zero gravity. Get away from gravity for a day or so and your gut diminishes because your organs are no longer heaped on top of one another and sagging every which way. Your blood pools less in your lower body, decreasing wrinkles and sag in the usual places and returning a certain youthful suppleness to the skin. Your spine decompresses, and you get an inch or so taller. In short; the less gravity you live in the younger you look.

There are downsides, of course. Everyone pretty much develops scrawny chicken legs to some extent, and—ahem—sexual performance can become a little difficult, apparently. There’s also the constant bone density and muscle mass degradation, which is just a huge bummer. It’s a fun thing to submit a character to, though…Especially a perpetually weird and grumpy character like Dow.

 

-Sean

25K

Just hit 25,000 words on page 87 of the Master Document.

Word 25K is “like,” by the way. Sorry it wasn’t anything more exciting.

 

-Sean

Monday, 1 April 2013

Day Ninety-One: 24,872 Words

1,266 words. Five pages. Chapter Seven is done for now.

Today was a lot of fun, actually. I had originally intended for this chapter to be a bit longer—introducing a new character as well as reintroducing the sort of emotional struggle going on between Dow and Marisol—but I decided that, after I went ahead and dragged Sydney into the more espionage-ey side of things in Chapter Six that I needed to show off that there’s an as-yet unidentified level of danger there. So, basically, this is a chapter where Dow spends the whole time playing with his phone and figures out that Kinneman has a tap set up to record and encrypt all of Dow’s calls before sending them back to Earth with relevant data attached.

This also gives me a chance to integrate some of Dow’s cleverer, more tech-savvy side, which is a ton of fun because I love to write that kind of stuff. It also gives the character his first chance to really be alone with his thoughts, and do a little bit of critical evaluating of the situation on McMurdo. It’s very much a partner chapter to what I did with Sydney in the previous Chapter Six, but they’re going about things in very different ways.

Not entirely sure where I’m going to go from here. I’m considering a little bit of restructuring of the events of Day Two. We’ll see.

 

-Sean

Week Thirteen in Review

Still working on today’s writing, but I thought I should take the moment to actually get this thing posted.

Week Thirteen was a little tenuous. I had some really good days, and a couple that weren’t so much. I pulled off two new chapters (Five & Six), one of which was quite lengthy, got over the 20,000 word hump, had some internet trouble, and took Sunday off on account of not having to go to my everyday job, either.

I feel like I’m in a good place, both right now and moving forward. And look forward to doing so.

Some stats:

Master Document Pages: 82

Total Words: 23,603

Fresh Pages: 18

Fresh Words: 5,155

Web Posts: 8

Let’s just keep on going, shall we? I’m hoping to do a little updating of the website later this week, and also have a straight six days of uninterrupted progress.

Fingers crossed.

 

-Sean