It’s been a very busy month!
Last post I was just about to take off for Newfoundland to help my in-laws pack and move to Nova Scotia.
I spent a bit over a week packing and accumulated so many bruises that I looked like a dalmatian. In the end I packed and loaded over 15,000 pounds of stuff. Two trucks and two trailers. The drive back took three days. A lot of it was pretty. Really nice fall colors and gorgeous weather the entire drive.
We stayed at this place.
I also learned that Canadians are not afraid of putting big ol’ wangs on their giant cartoon moose statues.
I got to ride on a big ol’ ferry for the second night. We slept while it made the crossing.
After that there was another day of driving, some unloading, and a whole bunch of days where I rested up and healed my very, very sore muscles.
The whole endeavor knocked about a two week hole in my writing schedule. On top of this, upon returning I re-read all of the stuff I’d “rush written” before I left and decided that it wasn’t up to snuff. I ended up deleting about a dozen pages. The two things combined have caused that giant rolling ball that’s constantly chasing me for my Patreon content to get pretty close. I’ve not missed a deadline yet and I don’t plan to.
The story I’m working on, ‘The Mudfisher’s Catch’, is a fantasy story in an entirely unique world setting written from the perspectives of four different characters. It’s tricky, a hell of a lot of fun, and the damn thing wants to be a lot bigger than I need it to be. To meet my Patron commitment I’ve got to write one large story a month. I defined that as 7-15 pages when I created that parameter. That’s the goal. This one looks like it’s going to clock in over 40 pages. I don’t think anyone will complain if they get longer stories though. I’ve got a day or two to wrap it up, edit it, and stretch or trim it as needed before it drops at the end of the month. I like it a lot, but it’s been a push considering the size of the story and the other things that ate a bunch of my time.
I’ve lost my lead, but I don’t mind. I’m still a tiny bit ahead and after two months of this, I can feel the habit building. I caught the lead before, I can get it again. Besides, we’re staring down the barrel of winter here soon. I’ll be trapped inside with nothing to do but write before long. That’ll be great for my production!
With everything going on I haven’t had a lot of time to get into the Halloween spirit. I’ve been itching to do a costume for myself and unleash a bit of terror on this town, but I don’t think I’ll have time to put anything together in time. Gale wants to be a Pumpkin Spider for her costume, so I’ll be building her extra arms and legs over the weekend. And Jess, who’s coming to visit, is going as Keith from Voltron. I promised her I’d make her weapon for her. Looks like this year my costume will be “guy surrounded by super happy kids in costumes”. I’m cool with that. There certainly are worse things to go as. And, who knows, maybe I’ll manage to throw on my clown nose, put on the paint, and ride the success of IT.
Have a great Halloween folks! Catch you on the other side.