November 11th, 2018

Beyond the Ocean's Edge

More Progress

So as I've mentioned a couple of times already, I'm paralleling this year's NANOWRIMO in an attempt to get back to writing and to finishing the third Stone Island Sea Story.  I'm not actually participating in the event, but I am trying to write everyday as see if I can make some progress.  So far I'm doing great, at least in my humble opinion... or I'm doing so much better than I have over the past several years.

When I finished up yesterday, I had completed two chapters and started a third.  I have roughly forty pages, and by traditional estimated word count, that would put me at 10K.  Actual word count, however, according to the computer turns out to be 12120.  Unless my math is way off, the total story is now at nearly 51K, so I guess I'm just about at the half way point.  (The previous two stories ended up at about 400 pages and a bit over 100K words.)

I've ended up writing for nine of ten days so far this month and it looks like I'm averaging about four pages a day.  That is the pace I used to work at for the most part, so I'm at the point I want to be.

Still reading the Hornblower series.  Finished Hornblower and the Atropos yesterday and will post my review (written some time ago) of it in the next few days.  Will start on Beat to Quarters aka The Happy Return later today or tomorrow.  Have been thinking it might be time to read Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander" series again, maybe straight through for a change.  Reading Hornblower and then about Aubrey/Maturin, plus working on my own Naval Adventure/Age of Sail (plus some Science Fiction/Fantasy) ought to help keep me focused.

When she was young, Jessica (daughter) was a big fan of Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter.  She had a large stuffed toy croc or gater she called Bindi, after the croc that Steve's daughter was named for.  She left it here when she moved out, and it has been in what was her room ever since.  It's one of those spaces we've kept shut (had to install a screen door hook as it doesn't latch) to keep Coco out.  When he was younger, he'd get in there and chew on stuff, but lately he doesn't do that as much so we tend not to secure it all the time.  Anyway, last night I went to see what he was up to, and this is what I found.

It looks like he has a new cuddle-buddy/bed.  We had to take it away from him later as he was starting to chew on it.