Sunday, December 30, 2007

Chapter 15 is done!

Chapter 15 is done! I'll probably go back over it tomorrow to check it for typos and such, but the revision is complete. It ended up at 6000 + words which is what I was aiming for. Now onto Chapter 16, which I may break into two as it's pretty long. I'll have to be careful though, as this is where the big climax comes in. I don't want to weaken it.

I have a nasty feeling that I've lost part of a scene in 13 or 14,, so I need to go back and check on that too. But I'm really happy that I'm about back on track now!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas Thingy

I had a lovely Christmas and I hope you did too. Received a new wireless mouse... not many people's idea of the ideal gift but this is a Logitech Nano and it's brilliant. It has the tiniest USB connector and is all around the best mouse ever! I love getting new toys that make my work easier.

I haven't been playing with SpeakingNaturally much. The headset that comes with it is rubbish, and the USB headset that I've been using has been snaffled away by my other half. As soon as I get it back I'll start testing again.

And Chapter 15 revision is going well. I should get it complete over the weekend at this rate. So all-in-all I'm a happy soul.

Monday, December 24, 2007

'Twas Christmans Eve...

I'm just about done with the revision of Chapter 14, thank goodness. I'll be adding a new scene at the start of Chapter 15 and I hope to get at least half of that done tomorrow. Yes. Tomorrow. I know. Tomorrow is Christmas Day, but this will be my Christmas present to myself. I want to try to hit 1000 words, but if I don't I won't beat myself up. I have the scene playing in my head. I may even try Dragon NaturallySpeaking for it. And I really will try to post a snippet by the end of this week. Promise!

Have a safe and very merry Christmas, however you choose to celebrate it.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Where did the time go?

Oh boy! Have I been busy or what? Too much work and not enough time to even think about the blog. Hopefully things have calmed down a bit now. What little spare time I've had I've spent on ASF, and it's been precious little. I'm falling way behind with the revision but I'll get there.

On another, but somewhat related theme, I have an early Christmas present. Dragon Naturally Speaking, which is a speech recognition software package that hooks up to most Microsoft ( and no doubt other) Office programs. I'm going to try it out to see if it is a good as I've been led to believe. I'll post my thoughts on it in a few days. I'm hoping that it will let me get my ideas down on "paper" fast while they're still fresh. If it works it could be a wonderful way to do a first draft. We'll see.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


I added a nice piece to the second scene in Chapter 14 today. It works beautifully. Amazing what can happen when the characters take over. I don't think I'll be able to do much more until next week now though, but hopefully things will loosen up then.

I'm not ready to start posting snippets yet. Ah well... the best laid plans etc.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Slow but steady

Well, I'm making progress. Chapters 12 and 13 are done. I'm being beaten bloody at work, with no let up in sight and Chapter 14 needs a lot of revision. Still, I'll get there. It may take longer than I want but I'm going to keep plugging along.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Chapter 11 is done!

Chapter 11 is finished! Phew! It took a lot longer than it should have, but I'm pleased with it. I also have most of Chapter 12 done, just a few more nit-picky things to put right, and then onto Chapter 13. That needs some work. I'm hoping that I can get a good chunk of it done tomorrow, or on Sunday while I'm in the air. We'll see. I'm planning to start posting snippets next week, if work and internet connections allow.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

No More Excuses

I'm really falling behind with my edits on A Shadowed Flame. I must get my nose back to the grindstone, so tonight, no matter what, I'm going to complete Chapter 11.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Working ...

I've been working day and night so haven't had time to update the blog. I have done a little work on A Shadowed Flame, mostly at the aorport yesterday while I waited for a flight to replace the one that was cancelled. Business travel is SUCH fun. I hope to do better this week!