writing and walking

I was going to do the Alaska Run for Women, which is a breastcancer awareness fundraiser, this morning. However, several things conspired against me. Mostly what conspired against me was that the entry fee for the race is optional (they ask for a donation, you choose how much), but the people they hired for their online signup has a $2.50 user fee, and that really pissed me off, and then I didn’t send in the entry form. And there’s no race-day signup, so instead I did a 5 mile walk (which was the length of the race) with Chantico this morning. It was very nice. Beautiful day out. We went down to the beach. Chanti was very very suspicious of the water, and wouldn’t go in. :)

It seems, incidentally, that Chantico has been suckering me. She may not like the sprinklers, but she goes right outside for Ted. We seem to be playing a little dominance game. We are going to stop playing it, because now I’m pissed.

Then I came home and wrote 1200 words, which puts me over 10K, which feels like a significant enough number to announce what I’m working on. I’m working on Thunderbird Falls, the sequel to Urban Shaman. I’m moving along on it at a fairly decent clip, but I don’t know at this juncture when I’m going to be posting it for my test readers. I need to see how the story develops, and find out if I’m just wasting time with this and getting back into the feel of the characters. So far one of the two items that have come up that made me go ‘wtf’ has already clarified itself into being Extremely Important, although the importance won’t pan out for a bit of a while. Still. It gives me a certain amount of faith that things are going to work out.

However. I’m writing at about 1100 words a day and aiming for 3K word chapters, so it’s not going blindingly fast and I don’t know how far I’m going to get into this before I’m comfortable letting test readers start to read, so don’t nag. :)

Man, would I like to be able to spend 4 hours a day writing. Someday.

ytd wordcount: 144,700
miles to Rivendell: 118.7

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