Rewriting Hel’s Bet is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Complexity and lists and dealing with multiple documents all cause me neurological pain – sparklers in the brain. I know that if I push myself I’ll crash hard, so I try to be productive without overdoing it.
Progress is slow but it’s real. If I am a good little scribbler I’ll finish this rewrite by the end of April.
I’ve just done another read-through of the manuscript, assigning each chapter 0-4 stars depending on how much writing I have to do to finish it. About half of the chapters are good to go! That felt good.
I’m having a blast developing a new character called Gogol – a hacker/gangster who is an oily, euphemistic, bland monster. Gogol is now a key player in getting Enterprise off the ground in Baikonur. He’s got a cool sidekick/bodyguard named Motorcade who will let me exercise some of the eviler neurons in my writing lobe.
I’m also enjoying critiquing the second volume of Janice Hardy’s Healing Wars Trilogy.
I joined the Written in Blood writing group after they critiqued The Shifter so I get to read Vol 2 cold to see if a new series reader can enjoy the 2nd without having read the 1st.
Janice is a sure-footed writer and I’m having lots of fun reading the manuscript. It’s already been sold as part of the trilogy, so that does give the crit a different feel.
Winter decided to leave all at once (no more sledging in supplies!) so I’ve been enjoying reading out on my new deck:
I stopped making music when I got ill. My brainrot doesn’t like complex order so playing music caused me pain. I’ve decided to push myself in some of my weak areas so I tuned up my lap harp and have started to learn it all over again.
The lake is a few weeks from opening up. Most of the snow has melted. Today I smelled Spring for the first time.
Can’t wait to canoe.