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The first sentence I wrote today (Monday)…

The Selkies descended into the streets of Hansen’s Harbor at first light.Current word count: 62, 556New words this session: 984Percentage of novel completed: 62.5

Posted by Edward Willett at 6:07, October 24th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

...was technically:"Have you checked the basement?"Which is not only a very boring sentence, but one that will not appear in the finished book--because shortly after I wrote it, I realized I had taken a seriously wrong turn in my plot about four scenes back. So instead of writing new material today, I was rewriting scenes I wrote in the past couple of days, to ensure that I got one character (and important...let's call it "cargo") into orbit where they have to be for the rest of the book to pan out the way I envision.So today's new word count of 62,374 is actually lower than the one I posted yesterday.First time that's ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:54, October 24th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

In what had once been the administrator's office, surrounded by vidscreens glowing the pale green that indicated no signal, they found the man who must have been commander of the Holy Warriors, dead in his chair, head thrown back, red eyes staring at the ceiling, the front of his once-white uniform stiff with dried blood and vomit.Current word count: 63,964New words this session: 1,590Percentage of novel completed: 63.9

Posted by Edward Willett at 5:30, October 26th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

"Maybe you do," said the girl behind Richard, and pushed him forward.Current word count: 64,740New words this session: 776Percentage of novel completed: 64.7A short session today (and none yesterday). We spent yesterday on the road to Calgary, and today we went on to Banff for the International Wine and Food Festival at the Banff Springs Hotel, but I did manage to squeeze in a bit of writing this morning while my wife and daughter enjoyed the waterslide at our Calgary hotel.Probably won't manage a photo today, either, but tomorrow look for a picture or two from Banff!

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:27, October 27th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

The subs from Jumpoff Station hadn't yet arrived when Emily and Farley and their unexpectedly still-living prisoner reached the shattered pier.Current word count: 66,153New words this session: 1,413Percentage of novel completed: 66.1Got in an hour today after the wine and food festival wrapped up. It was a fabulous time as always, but a bit wearing. Much as I enjoy the tastings and the food, by the end of the final lunch I'm more than ready to sit quietly somewhere with a nice uncomplicated drink that doesn't require you to think so much...which is exactly what I did, working on the new novel in the old lobby of the hotel with a nice simple Diet ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 5:18, October 30th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

From one prison to another, Richard thought, surveying the bare and barely-big-enough-to-stretch-out-in cabin/cubicle in which he'd been locked on board the Selkie sub.Current word count: 69,620New words this session: 3,467Percentage of novel completed: 69.2Two sessions today, hence the increased verbiage. I need to push through to the end of the first draft, so I'm aiming for similar word counts from now on...especially since I lost a little ground over the weekend in Banff.

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:33, October 31st, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

Chris Keating spent the first couple of hours of his time on board the BPS Sanctification being shouted at by various Holy Warriors of increasing rank, but soon enough they were all too sick to shout.Current word count: 71,986New words this session: 2,366Percentage of novel completed: 71.9Two sessions again today, but not as many words as yesterday. That's because I had to do some backtracking, rearranging and rewriting of today's scenes before they led me down paths that would do great violence to the plot. I probably actually wrote as many words as yesterday, I just threw out a thousand of them.But we're past the 70 percent mark and closing in on ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:36, November 1st, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

After disconnecting, Chris sat in shuddering fury for a few seconds, then exploded out of the communications room and went zooming down the ship's central shaft, zero-G suiting his mood more than the lunar-G environs of the rotating outer hull.Current word count: 75,264New words this session: 3,278Percentage of novel completed: 75.2And so we pass the three-quarter mark of the first draft...Powering ahead now, because all the pieces are in place for the end game. Lots of big action scenes coming up, which are always fun to write.And speaking of fun to write, that's a pure-blooded SFnal sentence I started with today, isn't it?

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:23, November 2nd, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

"BPS Sanctification to approaching vessel," Chris Keating said into the microphone of the headset he'd worn since the ship's computer had announced that another Holy Warrior vessel had entered the system.Current word count: 77,775New words this session: 2,511Percentage of novel completed: 77.7I wrote more words than it looks like today; once again I backed up a bit just to insert some additional information that made what I needed to happen today to advance the plot appropriately make sense. That entailed erasing as many words as I wrote, at least, which makes the daily total look a little small, since I computed it by subtracting yesterday's word count from today's word count. Of course, my ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 2:46, November 4th, 2006 under Blog | 6 Comments »

The first sentence I wrote today…

Cheveldeoff sat in the main briefing room of the Retribution with Grand Deacon Braun, watching the video feeds streaming back from the descending shuttle.Current word count: 78,849New words this session: 1,074Percentage of novel completed: 78.8Everything today was written in the 45 minutes or so I had to myself in the snack room of the Conservatory of Performing Arts this morning while Alice was three floors up in ballet class and Margaret Anne was off running other errands. That makes it one of the few sections not written in Second Cup.I wonder if I'll be able to tell the Second Cup from the non-Second Cup sections when I get to revising?

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:38, November 5th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »