Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Progress Notes

Further Tales of Episode #109
We are back from a short vacation. Nice scenic drives. Nice mental break.

Once more unto the breach...

And here's a little fun visual of how we're cranking along:

2,887 / 6,000

I think I'm going to keep the visual. It's fun and it looks purty.

Monday, March 29, 2010

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 3 of "Little Boy Lost" is now live on the site.

Happy reading!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

RICK: Hey, Winston! Pedal faster!
The Mummy

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

CHRIS KNIGHT: This? This is ice. This is
what happens to water when it gets too cold.
This? This is Kent. This is what happens
to people when they get too sexually frustrated.
Real Genius

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Progress Notes

Further Tales of Episode #109
Made up for lost words. We are now at 2,100 and--I'd like to think--cranking along nicely.

And we also just got word of an interlude to follow right after "Little Boy Lost." The Peanut Gallery (aka My Muse) told me this morning. They've sketched out two of the three bits that will be in said interlude. The third bit is still a bit fuzzy, they say, but should have something worked up by the end of the week.

They even came up with a title.

Wasn't that nice of them?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Progress Notes

Further Tales of Episode #109
1,900 words in and my desktop crapped out. Lost the 600 words I'd been working on.

Then the rest of the weekend died and no further writing got done.

(sigh)

Luckily, I had the prior 1,300 words saved on my laptop and I still have the story notes that made up the lost 600 words.

I forsee evenings of mainlining caffeine and little sleep.

8 weeks and counting...

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part One of "Little Boy Lost" is now live at the site.

Happy reading!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Progress Notes - Episode #109

Cranking away at #109, which is due to follow our upcoming episode, "Little Boy Lost."

About 1,300 words in. Plot details (who, why, when, all that good stuff) for the moment have been worked out so I have a pretty good idea of where things are due to go in Acts 1 and 2, and possibly 3--or at least, the lead-in to 3.

As usual, estimating at least 6,000 words. We'll see how far we get. We may go over, likely into 8,000+ territory again.

"Little Boy Lost" is slated for 8 installments, beginning next Monday. The plan is to get the #109 draft done by at the end of the month.

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

TERMINATOR: Come with me if you want to live.
Terminator 2

Prelude to "Progress Notes"

Now to share with you Dear Readers the goings-on whilst I write the Duo's escapades. Think of it as running commentary as I work. I'll call 'em "Progress Notes."

It'll be a hoot.

(Yes, I did use the word "hoot.")

(Yes, I'm probably old. But not that old.)

I like to think of K+M as a TV show so I borrow a lot of their naming conventions. Episodes are usually noted as "Season # + Episode # (01 - up)." So the first episode of the first season is usually something like "101." Next episode, "102." Or some variation of that.

We're currently on Episode 108, at work on 109, and coming to the close of the first season. (Since it's a short one, maybe I'll do as the Brits do and call it "Series One." heh.)

I plot out in Four Acts. Probably a bad habit when used for fiction but I find that it keeps a kind of structure to each story/episode.

And yes, I have answered the question: I'm a plotter/planner.

Total word counts of each episode vary. Usually in the neighborhood of 7,000 to 8,000 words. I'll update the current word count but I won't note percentage of the completed piece on a counter or anything like that simply because I don't know how long the final piece will be. (Compare: "Rest Stop" at 1,900 words vs. "Easy Money" at 27,000 words)

Sound good to you?

Sounds good to me.

Then let's get to it.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In Which We Become Pretentious

Since this is primarily a writing blog, I'm now going to add a Fun Bit in which I talk about current writing projects. Specifically, it'll be about progress on the serial.

Just in case you Dear Readers (all 3 of you*) were wondering if I actually did any writing.

After all, I've billed myself as "writer of cyberpunk action-adventure." So let's see some cyberpunk action-adventuring, right?

I'll also cross-post these to the serial's blog.

I subject you to that Writing Joy starting tomorrow.

That way you can prepare to leave the city (or state or region or country or planet).


*if there are more of you, give a holler.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

PAUL: Stilgar, do we have wormsign?
STILGAR: Usul, we have wormsign
the likes of which even God has never seen
Dune

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

We Haz Forums!

The KAT+MOUSE forums are now open!

Come on in and let's get a-chattin' about our duo.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Currently Reading

Was in the middle of Gav Thorpe's Kill Team, the follow up to 13th Legion, but decided that I needed a complete genre change up.

Therefore we are taking in a legal thriller. Peri O'Shaugnessy's Case of Lies.

And next up, Robert B. Parker's Appaloosa.

It happens. We'll get back to genre fun soon. Don't worry. I haven't jumped ship.