It’s nice being back in surroundings that are comfortable. It’s comforting, to be sure. And it’s keeping me focused.
But, as I said yesterday, there was a lot of running. I was kept busy between bouts of writing; medical stuff, tree stuff, planting stuff . . . yeah, it was the sort of day that should tire you out, actually didn’t.
First off, though: tree planting. As I mentioned the other day, our large tree was hit by lightning, and we’re in the process of taking it down. It’s half down now, and will come all the way down today, leaving only the stump to be removed some time next week.
Yesterday we found a new tree, and planted it close to the other tree. Here’s it is: the new alongside the old. There has been much sorrow over the loss of our old tree, but with nature, one goes away, and another takes its place. At the moment it doesn’t look like much, but in time it will be majestic.
We are also considering adding another tree to the front as well, one that would be to the left of the older tree. Right now we’re in “looking mode,” but in a few weeks, we’ll likely plant again.
With all this going on, I was writing as well. Part Thirteen, Diners at the Memory’s End. I knew what I wanted to say, what needed to be written, and I got to work. I started in the afternoon, but I wasn’t able to write all at one time. Didn’t matter. Not only did I know what I wanted to write, I knew I would finish the part. It was time to bring it all to an end.
There was research to gather, however. With this part, I think I’ve done more, “Wait, I need to look something up here,” than I’ve ever done with other parts of the story. Nothing wrong with that, but it does slow you up. But I did learn that something Cytheria was going to say would have been way wrong, so it was good that I bothered to get my information right before putting it into the story.
I also had to look at the map I created of Meredith’s home planet. Yeah, I have that; it’s amazing what you can do with software these days. Why was I doing that? Because I had to find a place on her world where a particular event took place. I found it, and marked the spot in my mind. Every time I look at this world, I’ll know this.
Lastly, I did some corrections. I wanted to edit the story to fix three common phrases that are often said in story, but shouldn’t. Since I was asked about those phrases, here they are: 1. Don’t start a conversation with, “So,–“; 2. Don’t use the word “Suddenly” to describe something happening suddenly, as it’s, you know, happening suddenly anyway, and there’s no need to say so; 3. “Truth be known” isn’t something that you need to know, because it’s a redundant phrase. I’ll find the whole post later; I believe the link is on another computer. But it’s something every writer should read.
By the time I finished writing just after 11 PM, 1,725 words were written, the novel stood at just over forty-two thousand words, and Part Thirteen was complete. Part Fourteen awaits, and I will get into that today, ’cause I’m ready to give Meredith a shock.
She’s been a bad girl, and it’s time to show her just how interesting her Albert really is . . .