Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell

Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell
Favorite astronomical painting

Monday, April 26, 2010

First draft and running

I'm working my way through the first draft of my novel A Change of Heart. I'm over half way through but will have to go through it again certainly. Another bit of non writing news. I won my age group in the mini marathon (half marathon: 13.1 miles) this past Saturday at Louisville. I have dreamed of some day winning my age group in that race and finall did. Things had to work for it to happen. I had decent conditioning, the nagging injury was toned down and no hot dog runners showed up. My time was one hour fifty-nine minutes and twenty-seven seconds. I wanted to break two hours and really had to cook that last 1.1 miles to do it. I've had six second places in that race and finally won. There were 31 men in the 70+ age group. Larry

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

First Draft done

My first draft of A Change of Heart is finished. It numbers 70,835 words. Now I begin the process of going through this rough draft. Should I labor for active voice all the way through? What about eliminating the "he said," and "she said," tags? New writers or unpublished writers must do this apparently but seasoned writers, what about them?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WIP first draft almost done

I am now at 70,339 words and have one scene left which is the wedding night scene. No, there won't be anything beyond sweet romance. Jody and Leroy have just finished quoting their wedding vows and the reception is over. I may complete this first draft tomorrow or next day. I don't believe I'll go beyond the wedding night even though there is a hint that Jody and Leroy's jobs may get in the way of their devotion to one another. Jody's career orientation tendencies has already been worked to death and so I probably won't go there again.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

WIP report

My new novel featuring Leroy and Jody from my short story Lab Partners is now at 65,697 words and will be completed soon. In two days I will have been working on it for three months. I've written some on it every day since January 6 and continue to do so. Leroy has asked Jody to marry him and she has accepted. This was a long time in coming but how sweet it is. I've not decided how far to carry the story beyond their marriage. Still thinking on that. I don't know how many more words I'll go at this point but present plans are estimated at another 3000 or so words depending on how carried away I get with their marriage vows.