I’ve been on a Bender

That’s right, I’ve been on a bender.

I don’t mean drinking or the Futurama character, although there are days I miss the drink. No, the bender I mean is writing, putting quality time into research, putting words down and writing a story.


Last week, I took several days off from work as a staycation. And I put it to good use. I won’t take the time to count the words written, but I assure you, it was well over ten thousand words among five chapters for the next book in the Consortium series. My readers know it can take too long to release the next book. Sorry about that. I sometimes think that as well. However, I don’t want to sacrifice quality for quantity.

It’s funny. When I first sat behind my writing desk, I stared at the screen, down to my keyboard, and back up at the screen. I didn’t know where to start. I knew where I wanted the book to end up. It was getting there where I struggled.

Quite the Ride Consortium Series

I reviewed my notes for the book and its characters, reflecting on what was missing and what would trigger me into action. Then I came up with an idea. I hadn’t used a significant character, a member of the Consortium, since book four. I started with a setup to bring the character in, and Voila, five chapters unfolded easily. What’s more, using this character set up the next few chapters clearly in my head.
I can’t wait to get back to writing tomorrow.

In other news….

I met a friend and his wife for lunch the other day. I get to see him maybe once or twice a year. He lives bi-coastal and just retired in December. I’m envious. Well done, and I’m looking forward to joining him as soon as possible. We met in an English-styled bar/restaurant. I had some sort of stew loaded with tasty meat, potatoes, carrots, and seasons. Whoever said English food was bland should try this.

The summer is upon us, and it’s extremely hot and sticky, which is rare in my part of the woods. When I left work yesterday, my car informed me it was 99 degrees Fahrenheit. The air was heavy with humidity, and just walking from the building to the car left me drenched. The funny thing was that I dressed appropriately for a heat wave. When I got home, I stripped down to shorts and no shirt. Nice.