When you’ve got a dog with this kind of high energy, you gotta keep them exercised or they tend to eat the furniture (at least, according to the manuals–she’s never done that, and my sofas are forever grateful).
First shift involved a lot of admin. Took about an hour to knock my inbox back down to 5,000 messages (I’m terrible about sorting them until the client starts to lag), then I spent the balance of the shift proofreading the new book and getting it ready for release.
Had a short second shift, since it was my turn to cook dinner, but I got about 900 words knocked out on Book 3. Also spent some time scrambling–well, coming to terms with scrapping my plan for the whole book. Turns out that the characters have other plans. It’s gonna make for a better book, but oh, man, is it a pain. Letting go of the glorious plan–guess it goes to show you that outlines are there to be broken. I got exactly six chapters in before this one blew up. I strongly suspect this is the last novel I’ll ever write with an outline in play–the further I get into this job, the less good they do me.
Lots more admin on the third shift. Board meetings (we have to have those now that we’re spinning up the corporation), tax compliance stuff (fun time of the year for that), and ebook authoring.
The new book is the first of my new nonfiction series The Every Day Novelist, which is growing out of my daily podcast NaNoWriMo Every Month!. Should be available on all the usual platforms in a few days, and the paperback will be out soon after.
I settled down about two in the morning to work on Book 3. I put on the Steelgrave arc of Wiseguy, and reconciled myself to letting the book do what it wants. Today was more time with Senator Sam Solin, and then I got halfway through a new chapter with Ali.