Nose to the Grindstone again

Posted: August 25th, 2011 under contest, Conventions, Life beyond writing, the writing life.
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And another milestone number:  Book IV is now over 140,000 words.   This was one intermediate goal–to hit this or more before leaving for DragonCon.   Glad to be here a couple of days ahead, as it means I can visit ArmadilloCon this weekend.  Can’t spend long there, what with the packing and also the resting-up I need to do, but I can at least drop by and visit friends I otherwise don’t see between the conventions.   Next year I’ll be going to WorldCon in  Chicago, which gives me an extra day (assuming ‘DilloCon’s in the same relation, time-wise, to Labor Day weekend) and I should be able to actually *attend* it again.

New stuff:  Arcolin finally got his head straight (thanks in part to Dorrin) and has made his choice.  He and his new wife are now heading north to the stronghold.   Kieri just keeps finding out more and more about his past and the intricate and unfortunate politics of his grandmother’s elvenhome.   Anything more than that would be major spoilers, and there’s Echoes in between so I can’t do that.

If possible, I’ll keep adding words between now and DragonCon proper–the next three days and on the train both.   Everything I write now shortens the time to finishing the main draft and gives me more revision time.   Do not like to be rushed in revision!

I’ll post the contest rules when I get back from DragonCon–I don’t want to risk losing any entries while I’m traveling.


  • Comment by Daniel Glover — August 25, 2011 @ 10:57 am


    Hooray for milestones passed!

    Safe travels.

    Since the elves have been around like “forever” (best “Valley” accent) it would mean that they have had “forever” to work on all their political machinations.

  • Comment by Adam Baker — August 25, 2011 @ 2:25 pm


    Congrats on making the word count you wanted. Its always so nice to make the milestones you set for yourself.

    Have fun at D*C!

  • Comment by Kip Colegrove — August 25, 2011 @ 7:18 pm


    Enjoy the conventions. We all need to gather from time to time, even those in solitary occupations (or occupations that can often feel isolating, like my own). Even the Desert Fathers (and Mothers) came to town for Easter.

  • Comment by Jenn — August 26, 2011 @ 7:25 am


    Have fun and watch out for the crud.

  • Comment by elizabeth — August 26, 2011 @ 9:52 pm


    Today did not quite go as planned, but I did finish Knitting Project #2 (the scarf), do a bit of birding at a park we’d never been to before, meet up with a friend in the city for lunch, and then pick up The Kid from his apartment and bring him home for the weekend. Then I napped. Hot as dickens even at 7 am when we left for the birding trip, and knock-you-on-the-head hot in the afternoon when we got home.

  • Comment by Jenn — August 27, 2011 @ 7:31 am


    Hooray for a finished project! Will you be posting pics?

    I finished a sweater neckline and when I cast it off I realized I had put the lacing in the back. Oh happy ripping 🙁

    Did Paks ever learn to knit. Her father raised sheep after all.

  • Comment by elizabeth — August 27, 2011 @ 7:49 am


    It’s just a longer version of the pictures of it already posted….six inches wide, 70 inches long. Here’s a picture of it a few weeks ago, along with the other projects:

    It’s the turquoise-y one in the middle.

    And even earlier, here it was stretched out on the picnic table:

  • Comment by Jenn — August 28, 2011 @ 1:55 pm


    The colors are beautiful. Variegated yarns are great for scarves and mittens. My next attempt is going to be double knit reversable mittens.

    Happy knitting on the train.

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