• WIP,  Writing

    Not As According to Plan As I’d Like

    by Writing is a very strange business sometimes. Actually, writing is a very strange business all of the time, but I have something specific in mind at the moment. When I try plotting something, or even just figuring it out in my head, I usually have a decent idea of the wordage something will take, at least at the scene level. I can think about what’s supposed to happen in a scene and guess roughly how long it will take. The first draft will usually wind up somewhere in the ball park. If I estimate a scene at 2500 words, it will almost certainly break 2000 and probably won’t reach…

  • Writing

    Progress Bars Ahoy!

    by So along with drafting the novel, I’ve decided I miss writing short fiction too, and I’m one of those people who likes to have more than one project on the go so I have a choice of things to work on. The novel (did I mention the working title is Iron Jack? Probably not the final title, but we’ll see how it works out.) I’m projecting at 120,000 words which will make it the longest thing I’ve ever written when it’s finished. On a short break at work this afternoon, I roughed out a basic plot for a fantasy short story. “Blood of Heroes” has a nice ring to…