State of the Writer: March 2014


I fell off the wagon a little near the end of February. February is a difficult month. It’s short, it’s cold, it’s dark. This isn’t the first time that the month has defeated me, and while I hope it will be the last…let’s be honest, it won’t be. I’m redoubling my efforts, however. Around mid-December I stopped keeping my Chain calendar. I was still keep the Chain, just not the calendar. I’ve printed out a 2014 calendar to restart the chain, and with a new month it’s time to get it going again.

Sometimes it’s important to have a visual.

Short story status: One out, one ready to go out, one being rough drafted, one running around my head to finalize a plot. I also started two new novel Scrivener files today. Not two new novels, but occasionally I get an idea that I like too much to forget about, and a new Scrivener file is the best place to put these thoughts. Doesn’t mean either will get written, but it does mean I don’t want them to go away. One is an alternate history set in the modern day, the other is a space opera. Both are of a scale that I haven’t tackled before.

That’s exciting.

State of the author’s bees: ALIVE! We had a mild weekend here in DC before getting socked by yet another snowfall, which meant the bees got out and about. My wife moved all the nice tasty reserves from the lost hive to the living one, so they have a good twenty pounds of tasty pollen and sugars to eat. If that’s not enough, I don’t know what is. That means we’ll be able to harvest some honey this year. Probably not enough to start mead making, but at least it’s a start.

March is in like a lion here in northern Virginia. Here’s hoping it goes out like a lamb. I know for a fact I’m not the only person sick of this winter.

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    #1 by Day Al-Mohamed on March 23, 2014 - 12:54 am

    How’s the writing going? Thought I’d check in as it’s been a while? :)

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      #2 by DLThurston on March 24, 2014 - 8:15 pm

      Give and take. I’m not keeping up with the chain anymore, but what writing I’m doing I’m very happy with. We’re sticking the new character into Nickajack, so that’s moving apace. Had my second pro market turn down “Vampire of Mars” with a “we’re passing but please please send something else.” Working on a story for the SEAsian Steampunk anthology that’s coming slowly but I still like. Got three ideas for what novel to work on next. Just need more hours in the day.

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