Just got back today. Had two good writing days on trains (2000+ words each day) after a brief conference with Editor at the convention. As usual, time away from a project allows more balanced contemplation of what’s already been done. I realized, for instance, that a pivotal scene I’d been thinking about for months had never actually made it into the computer–an extreme case of “I know that, but I didn’t show that.”
I worked on it on the train. It’s a hard one to write–there’s a lot of unfamiliar ‘magic’ going on–but it’s linked to a later one I did write.
I explained to Editor that Book IV has been affected by the LifeStuff happening this summer, and though I will do my best to fix all that by the time it goes to Editor, it may need more attention than previous volumes. Luckily, the first draft should be done well before it was done last year. Unless, that is, I need to overwrite the end of the book (moving on into Book V) to find the right ending for IV.
Then Editor explained to me that Editor is taking early retirement as of the first of the year. UK Editor is leaving Orbit for another publisher. The wail you hear is a writer feeling orphaned (not the first time and won’t be the last…happens to all. But…WAIL.) Not to fear: Books IV and V are not in any present danger.
Present length–about 145,800 words in the rough/first draft. Tonight I’ll be transferring the new long-file (the one done on the netbook in Word 2010, yuck) to the main computer and removing the formatting changes Word 2010 imposes. Then tomorrow–back on book.
Dragon*Con was a lot of fun but even more crowded than last year, and I came into it with less energy. Still, fun. And wonderful costumes. And friends to see, old and new. And a wonderful knitting circle Sunday afternoon. I *like* knitting in a group, it turns out.
Good news arrived while I was in transit to Dragon*Con and while I was in transit coming home: husband’s tumor is actually in the low-risk category for early metastasis (learned on the way up) and the oncologist agrees that watchful waiting is the best thing to do (learned on the way back.) We still desperately need rain and the end of the wildfires (I could see the smoke from the Bastrop area fire from far East Texas on the train yesterday evening) but otherwise the stress level should now drop and let me finish this book with a clearer head.