I had a simply wonderful time at the fOlks’.
I made biscotti. I wrote about 300 new words and deleted about 500 old ones. mOm and I completely worked our way through the edits for the first 112 manuscript pages. (She read, I typed…. goes very fast that way). I plan at least one more pass to ensure that I’ve incorporated all of Diane’s suggestions. We laughed A LOT and it was like a fantasy come true. I’m in my favourite room in the whole world WORKING like a RENTED MULE on something that will hopefully make people laugh, think, and maybe if I’m really really really lucky, influence the course of a scientific investigation (the highest praise for SF, screw the awards. mOm knows I am not in it for fame, or awards. I’m doing it for her. I’m writing SF for my mother, and so if she likes it (and she does) I’m okay. (Diane occasionally provided editorial evidence that she was enjoying it.)
I got 600 words into my January homily.
I taught mOm how to cook neeps without them disintegrating. (Starfit fry cutter and then steam for two-three minutes). I cooked some beef tenderloin for pOp so that it was neither burned on the outside nor underdone in the middle.
We went to Dan’s, and saw the swans, and the million dollar properties up the hill in Saanich. I saw Diane and got a sense of when I’ll be able to get the next batch to her. We laughed at the antics of the birds – pogoing Mountain Jays and pugnacious hummingbirds.
I had a dream where I found $50 folded in half and blown up against some weeds on a sidewalk in a town I’ve never been to.
We got a network cable run into the guest bedroom (Alex has already indicated her approval of this message.) The cable is long enough to run out to the gazebo. Happy days of writing with the birds, bees and a pan-pipe playing piggy are now in prospect.
We went through mOm’s Narnia-scale wardrobe of fabrics and I got a 25 cm tall stash of various kinds of fabric for baby and steampunk projects.
Katie’s quilt was ready, so I brought it back across the Salish Sea.
It was good and productive and I’ve written 500 words since I got back and tightened up some of Part II. I am much less afraid of the editing process. I am not a perfect writer. Perhaps I shall learn to be a consistent one.
I have the names for all three books now. Midnite Moving Company will be set in the same universe but about Jesse and Michel. We see much more of Jesse and Michel in Part II. Since mOm is eager to read even a messed up first draft of that, I should get on it.