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I have written since the 4th, honest.

I wrote a 1000 words yesterday. Colonel Pen is over 33k now.

I have been sick since last tuesday and so from then till yesterday, 7 days that I should have written I didn’t. Finally picked up where I left off though and began again.

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So today is the official end of the writing cycle month for me. Since it would be the normal day for a Brea Borders Writers Group meeting. But as it is the holiday, we are not meeting. It is a time to reflect on accomplishments since last month. Space Mine’s first draft was finished this month. It came in at nearly 98K words. It had a long rambling finish. But the finish revealed something, sure the mission could eventually be done, but the project would never finish. There is always tomorrow Tara… There will always be threats, and there will always be a need to respond to it. Ever vigilant, but plan to go forward.

Then Colonel Pen started, Pen for Pennington. I wrote through the first scene rather quick, and had that well thought out it, trying to establish our background for the character. But then there was not as much fire as before. I was writing my 1500 words a day, then by the end of the week I was writing nothing. With the first two weeks as I finished the Space novel, I was writing a lot more than 1500 words a day. Some days over 3000.

Pennington had no solid voice for me yet, the technical part of what I want to portray not too clear. But that picked up. I have over 23K now for Pennington in two weeks. Total for June is over 51K nearly 13K a week average. Not as good as April and May, but well over my goal of 30K.

I edited up to a third of Graces’ first draft and have those changes into the computer. I posted my short story from the 1632 entries. It was voted to be adopted for the Granteville Gazette. It was taken by them, then the editors lost it. I being trusting thought these people were nice and honorable. They weren’t and it shows in their writing these days. Even in the stuff Baen is pushing in hardback. Some of the stuff is just drek that you are paying a lot of money for and in reading the reviews, I can see that my feelings are shared. Eric Flint and I were at UCLA in the history program at the same time. He was a Graduate student there when I was there. He has let his beast develope into the many headed hydra and can’t say no. So you have a society that technology stops cold when they transition. Laptops circa 2000 can no longer be produced.

Generating electricity for them is not possible outside of certain areas so when one arrives a few years later in Venice, has any of these writers used a laptop. Those batteries drain away to nothing so that you have to plug the thing in. Then an hour later if you still had a battery you would have to recharge. Sure a laptop would be great, but it would be as good as a refrigerator without electricity. The Granteville world has a lot of writers that Eric is encouraging with no clue like that. I love the Ballet one. Here you have a world that is surrounded all around by war and struggling to make ends meet. And the failed dance teacher who writes these stories thinks that you can put together a cultural show of ballet and make a money making company right in the middle of everything. I had to suspend my disbelief. (But still couldn’t do it.)

The tangents that have gone on are ridiculous. The only stuff that really does make sense are the items Eric and David Weber write. But even then it has problems. Making an airplane… Once the people from the future can do it, the people from the past are going to be able to copy it and get their own into production too? They will need many scientists and engineers to figure things out, there should be years (decades) between. Advantage america, but that doesn’t happen.

So seeing those inconsistencies, is what I tried to address in Space Mine. It has to be a logical extension of the ability to mine the Asteroids from where we are now.

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