Lemme Up

Lemme Up

Lemme Up

A second after this picture, Cici jumped up onto the bench for the first time ever.

I would like to say that they sat next to each other and basked in the sun. But that’s not what happened. What happened was Skye bopping Cici on the forehead and knocking her off the bench, then flopping town to take a nap after successfully defending her domain.

Cici then wandered off to steal whatever food was left in Skye’s bowl.


After three years and about 60,000 words (~20,000 this year alone), I have trunked my novel, Carrionhove.

Trunking, for those not aware, is basically putting away a piece of work. One might do this because it needs more time, more editing, or maybe it’s just unworkable. In my case, Carrionhove was unworkable.

The plot’s been revised six or seven times. Characters were changed. Locations. Key scenes. Short of the character names (and in a couple of cases, even then), everything that could change did. None of it worked. Sure, there was some pretty brilliant stuff in there that I am proud of but a few key scenes don’t make a novel.

It is very hard not to think of all that time spent as wasted. After all, given what I know now, it’s unlikely the novel will ever see the light of day. ┬áLate nights, early mornings. Notebooks and maps and world building. That’s a lot of effort and it’s frustrating.

Then again, acknowledging that something is not working and will not work is also a sign of growth as a writer. I’m not sure what is next. There’s another fantasy novel that’s been taunting me and I’ve had the urge to go back and revisit some old stuff that’s been bubbling in the back my head. In any case, I’ll carry on cuz that’s what us writers do.


Battling the Plague


Nurse Skye

I’m sick today. Was yesterday as well. Most of my time has been spent lying on the couch, watching YouTube videos, and drifting off to sleep.

Skye has been keeping me company but I can’t tell if she’s concerned about my health or upset that I’ve stolen the coziest spot on the couch.

February Word Count (+ January Revision)

The official word count of February … plus a revision on January.

Turns out that I was using my progress spreadsheet all wrong.You’d think being a computer guy, I’d know how to work a spreadsheet, right? Nope.

TL;DR version – I should have been entering the total word count rather than my daily word count. Fixing that makes my progress look a lot better and shows that I actually am making some headway toward my goal of 100,000 words.

February Word Count

February Word Count


Toward the end of the month, I vanquished the red and started making some positive progress. A few good days helps quite a bit with that. Unfortunately most of that has been eaten up in March already but I hope to get a gap again.

And for the record, the revised January Word Count:

January Word Count

January Word Count


Site Transferred – Much Headaches

After way too much effort and headaches, the site has been transferred ┬áto it’s new home. There are still a few glitches I’m working out that will ensure a steady stream of swearing.

The most noticeable is the Permalinks. It used to be that all links on the blog were /year/month/blog-post-title. Now, for some reason, the site will only work with the WordPress default of /blog/?p=1234.

Annoying enough, this means the old links won’t work as it doesn’t redirect. It’s my top priority to figure this out but I’m not sure how long that will take. If you stumble across anything, please drop me a line so I can take a look at it.

Update: 9:30am – Permalinks should be fixed. Now onto finding a new theme for the blog.