Some Novel Progress

I’ve felt pretty crappy since coming home from Scotland, but, gradually, I’ve been doing some work on my novel. Probably not the bunch of work I need to be doing late in the novel, but a little work on the beginning. I updated my Novel Experiment site this morning with some updated old material and a little new material. I think today will turn out to be more of a writing day. And, it has been. After a few weeks of “treading water” between being on vacation and being sick, I broke 100,000 words today.

Jim and I will be fan GoHs at Armadillocon this weekend, so I asked for a reading and got one. It’ll be at 10:30 on Saturday morning, and I expect to be reading some of Chapter 3 and maybe a scene from Chapter 5. While the book definitely has some speculative stuff happening late in the novel, the portions I’ll be reading are pretty much contemporary novelish. We’re on a bunch of good program items over the con, and it’s starting to sound like my voice will be in better shape than it was at Worldcon.

While I spent an awful lot of Worldcon being sick, I came back with my feet, legs and back in much better shape than usual, despite a huge amount of walking on Wednesday and Thursday. This was probably due to the fact that I’ve been walking more this summer, and I invested in a pair of Hush Puppies “Bounce” shoes. (Photo of me and my shoes – the BBC’s Simon Willis is on my right – thanks to Keith Stokes for taking the photo.) Yes, they look like your mother’s or grandmother’s shoes. But I’m really glad I got them, and will probably always have something similar in the future for times when I’ll be doing a lot of walking.

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