Updates March 21-24


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This post was put up on Tuesday instead of Monday because time got away from me. Not sure if I mentioned it in other posts. We are moving from Queens back to Brooklyn.  The shutdown of the Queen’s house is taking a lot of time.  I have to figure out what to keep and what to throw away.  These are truly tough choices.  Most of the packing is happening on the weekend. From Tuesday night to Saturday morning, is reserved for the day job.  So much time, but it pays the bills.  There are small pockets of time to get writing done but I end up using them for reading via audiobook. 

Last week I wrote that I would be working diligently on Connection Lost, act 2. That did not happen. There is no excuse except that I got caught up in work and other things.  I feel like I am coming out of a fog.  For about 3 weeks or so I had no desire to write, even though I knew the story was right there waiting for me to continue it.  Instead of working, I listened to Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Spare Man.  It was an audiobook read by the author.  Mary Robinette is a very good voice actor.  I had several books with her voice before I realized that she was a great storyteller.  I also listen to all the audiobooks available in the Legacy of Magic series by Lindsay Buroker.  There are five books published.  I don’t know the reason why books 4 and 5 are not an audiobook.  I have them on a kindle and I will wait for the audiobook to keep the set together.   Lindsay Buroker is an amazing world-builder.  I started to listen to another series by her called Dragon Blood, which is a Steampunk/magic series. It is a unique world that has completely shunned magic and magic users.  It is a safe bet that one of the main characters in the series is a magic user. She also writes believable romances between adults.  

Some of you may be wondering what about the vampire paranormal story.  It has suffered the same fate as Connection Lost.  Gothic is older than Connection Lost, however, Connection Lost is more structured.  Which is under the working title umbrella of Midnight Fantasy Witch Tech.  There are supposed to be 3 or 4 novella-type stories about Somer and her world.  Most of what was written in Gothic had to be trashed and rebuilt from the ground up.  It is easy to get lost in backstory or character development.  I have been fighting it for a long time now, but I will have to cut some characters.  Many of them don’t have little to no role in how I want the story to develop.  Again, faced with tough choices.

The plan for this week is to catch two episodes of Invisible City on Netflix, season 2 starting later in the week.  Instead of binging, I will watch it in doses.  Season 1 of Invisible City was predictable but also satisfying. The voice actors did well but there were times when the performance was cringe-worthy.  I will also be working on the Gothic outline.  The task for Connection Lost from last week will be carrying over.  Since time and energy is an issue, I will be evaluating this as well. 

That is all for now.  I hope these words find you all doing well.  Remember to be kind.  I think we need that more than ever.  


PS: The March flowers of the Month are daffodils, and jonquils and I read somewhere cherry blossoms. Jonquils and daffodils are hard to tell apart

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