Not “vanquished by viruses” but I didn’t vanquish them either

Still annoyingly draggy, but other than an energy crash Wednesday (after walking around for a couple of hours), it was a productive week, so I can’t complain too much. Okay, I can, but I’ll spare you.
•I finished another 4,000 words on Southern Discomfort. Still not sure how long it’s going to be, but so far it’s moving steadily, with no real dead spots. If we’re moving into the end game in the next 4,000-5,000 words it’ll be a novella, but it may run longer.
•I got about 2,500 words into this month’s portion of Let No Man Put Asunder … and then I discovered that the surviving manuscript (most of it disappeared in one of the last two moves) is about 5,000 to 10,000 words shorter than I’d thought. Which is to say, I’ve reached the point where I have to work from memory rather than from manuscript. I have a very good memory of the book (it’s one that really sticks with me), but it’s going to slow down from here on.
On the plus side, I read the first two chapters to the writing group and it got good reviews (and some good suggestions). So if I can keep the good stuff up as I venture into the semi-unknown, I’m in good shape.
•I almost finished another draft of Affairs of Honor. The plot is solid, but the details (motivation, pacing, back story) needed tidying up. And unfortunately the climax is one of the points that really needs tidying, and I couldn’t quite pull it together. It’s not that I have to come up with what happens but breaking it down so it flows smoothly and doesn’t feel rushed is tricky (last draft was way rushed).
•Sent two short stories out and queries a couple of markets about their lack of response (we’re reasonably past the deadline-plus-normal-delay point).
•Finally got out to Raleigh for the Raleigh Public Record story I’m working on. Paid off: Some good quotes, and some excellent (I think) photos. I’ll have the story written up next week.
•Demand Media work went well, but as I’m running out of steam, I’m going to skip the usual list of articles.

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One response to “Not “vanquished by viruses” but I didn’t vanquish them either

  1. Pingback: A jam-packed week with a little too much jam | Fraser Sherman's Blog

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