Archive for April, 2009

In honor of this National poetry day think, I have been thinking of the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Some one had blunder’d.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel’d from the sabre-stroke
Shatter’d and sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not,
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

In my writing today, I am already at 2400 words, bringing the week so far to 9200. A few more and I will have met my weekly goal today, a day early, way above the original goals for the month.

Went to Costco today to do some shopping and arrange for a down grade of the Business Executive card to a normal card. They offered me money, and said they would also send a check. That felt good. But they offered the wrong amount and put a hold on the card when I checked out. That wasn’t good.

In Gratitude today:

  1. Cheryl
  2. Exercise, riding the stationary bike to keep the diabetes under control
  3. Music, having everything on the computer means I can listen to anything instantly
  4. The Internet, still many more new things will come before it reaches its full potential (thanks Kevin for getting me out of dial-up and the old commercial online communities, which seemed so great when they first came out lo, fifteen years ago.)
  5. Clean water

When all was done for the day, 3500+ words. Nearly 55,000 words so far since last writers group.

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Finished Chapter Eight in Space Mine. Nearly 4000 words of it. Today was just close to 1200 words at this point, but the goal of the month, finishing 2 chapters in Graces, which I far exceeded, and 1 chapter in Space Mine has been done. In all we now have 50,000 plus words for the month. A pretty good achievement, nearly 6000 words just for the week.

Also heard today about something regarding a Gratitude log, five things a day to be grateful for.

  1. A new Salmon recipe I created with Honey and Maple Syrup
  2. That there is still some cash around
  3. That Bernadette, our dog loves me.
  4. That I think I fixed the leaky sprinkler
  5. That the Macintosh works even if the PC’s are a problem

In revisiting after another confusing episode of Lost, boosted the word count to over 2100 words, adding more to another chapter of Graces.g

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April 28th

Time to switch over to the Space story for Saturdays writing group. Wanted to finish one chapter there this month also.

Got through more than 2000 words on chapter 8, about half way through it, so might meet that goal by Saturday. Went back in for some more and now over 2600 for the day. Have three scenes so far to the chapter. A couple more. The theme is that things are not going so well on Earth for the good guys. Obstacles. So need to throw a few more monkey wrenches at my heroes.

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Celebrated Cheryl’s first engagement in her new work. Went to the Original Pancake House for lunch. German Pancakes and Dutch Babies. What a concept. How does powdered sugar and lemons get attached to a german pancake. Do they even have a lot of lemons in Germany? I just don’t think of citrus when I think of Germany.


For writing today, got another 2000+ words so pretty good. The old PC is giving me problems. Had things working and got the server files off to a central network hard drive. Now can’t get the computer to boot up all the way. It is really bugging me. Not sure if it means the PC was dieing just as the company was.

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This was the most productive of weekends since starting the log on how much I have written. From Friday to today, 10K words. Just short my goal for the week under 1000. Those week goals include the basic three pages a day during the week and then 40 pages on weekends, or roughly 55 pages a week. This week it was just over 51 pages.

Now the novel has reached 200 pages, over 60,000 words. 44,500 since the last writing group. Now on Chapter nine. Explore the possibility of romance for our Hero and onto the troubled north and the evil that is there. For other weekly states, wrote 4600 words today. More than 12,700 words for the entire week. Averaging over 2000 words a day. It means nearly 150 pages since the last writing group, leaving about 100 pages more for a mid size book, but there is more to the story then that, but possibly less if I break it up. Which is what seems to be happening. In the next 100 pages, the heroes can meet there evil and learn that getting through the first round is just the start to further major changes in their lives.

Updated the website for RCT3 today. Only have to make movies of the rides in the sixth and seventh small park competitions. Recorded the raw footage but now have to edit it and then set on the web pages.

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Finished another chapter and got over 3000 words in today. Now into Chapter 9. We visit the palace and see if there is something more to the King then a stuffed shirt and why he is reluctant to act in case the country is threatened. What holds him back from making sure his investment in being king is secure?

Very nearly 40,000 words since we started counting daily.

If I can manage another five thousand this week, I will have tripled my monthly goal.

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Had to go to Aspen today to disburse paychecks to the employees. Very unsettling to see the fruits of my labors evaporate this way.

Before going to sleep last night actually wrote a page and then two more this am. Trying to at least achieve the goal of 3750 words for the work week that I had started the month with. Even though I have not only written the 60 pages goal for the month, actually having written more than 130 pages so far, but it is nice to meet a daily, then weekly, then monthly goal and even if that goal is exceeded, still to continue to do the other levels means not stopping ever.

It is a good thing to not stop, just as trying to keep the blog going each day with something to contribute. Even when there is nothing to say, there is probably something buried deep worth saying. This adds to the thought that not everything that is written was worthy of being so. (Shouldn’t just be spewing everything in my brain, i would be a little like James Joyce, but with less skill and artifice.)

So after doing everything for the day, the week ends at 5100 words so far. More than 2500 words for today. Or 177 pages total and more than 52000 words at the moment.

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Got turned down on the query and first 3 chapters to Colonel Fitzwilliam. Didn’t write today, have been setting up the office computers here at home so I can get at all the records.

Didn’t write yesterday as was at Cheryl’s parents house cleaning it out.

So not much to report. But depressing time of life.

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Had to finish clearing out of Aspen today. Do not know what tomorrow will bring in regards to Aspen. Met with an attorney who explained a few things. So now to turning over that new leaf. Been getting encouragement from friends. Found out that another of my friends, Jerry, is writing a novel on a Sherlockian personality.

I urged him to jump on such things as blogging, who knows one day he may be quite a renown author with a very depth filled blog, and you will have heard about it here first. For us and the Graces of Brantley, we are continuing on in chapter eight and the foregone conclusion of the ancestry of our heroes. What we also see is that half of the romantic equation is not only sure that there can be nothing romantic in his life as I have set up the leaders to be only concerned with breeding, but that he is aware that our heroine does like him.

Introduced another minor character to be a nuisance for our hero in the 1000+ words I wrote today. And then as I finish tonight, Danny Kaye starts playing on my randomized iTunes.

One night Angelina and Eowyn and I had ventured up to Big Bear for a weekend and we had a CD of Danny Kaye, He has a great voice.

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Aspen is nearly gone. So much for a day job. I suppose the next iteration is sorting through the muck of bankruptcy and try and find some new work. Hard to imagine that there will be any work available. And hard to think of where I can look for work.

On the writing front, actually did another 1000 more words over the weekend after my last update, and have written another 750+ words today. How does one get an agent?

It would seem that is part of the next logical step, getting an agent. The writing comes much easier these years then in years past and it would be great to make some money at it, but how does one sell that novel, now that it is written. The classes at the University didn’t really dwell on that issue. And does self publication really make anyone money but the print houses?

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