Well, whether we like it or not, Old Man Winter is going to be shown the door before too long, and Mother Earth will be sweeping the cobwebs out the door. That’s fine by me. This was an easier than usual winter, because December was a blast from Antarctica that would make anyone sit up and take notice, But after that blast, we got plenty of rain, a week-long Chinook (snow eater) and the best, juiciest oranges I’ve ever had when I went grocery shopping.
It has been a very busy winter for me. As I’ve said previously, I helped a sick friend with his blog until he was up to the task of handling it himself. At the same time, I chipped away at what were then current (and now finished) chapters in novels that I have under construction. Once my friend was back in the saddle, it was easy enough to go on with all the other tasks I had lined up. And that is where I am now.
Happy to report that my progress in those two different novels is moving ahead. It is easy enough to keep them separate from each other, because they are two entirely different stories, but keeping the story lines themselves from getting tangled is a different thing altogether. I did waste a little money on getting a new printer because my old printer broke a gear in the paper pickup and that was that. I found that, with unexpected separation from my two novels, the distance from each story gave me a new perspective each time I went back and picked up the track in either of them. I also found it useful to have several other stories going on at the same time, but not necessarily novels. Short stories will do. I also did a lot more research than I had expected to do for my friend’s blog, which gave me a new perspective on how to make a sci-fi story believable, through a better understanding of planetary biology, geology and meteorology. In effect, the planet and its systems have to be user-friendly if the inhabitants are to prosper there. And because stories are more believable if there is a struggle for the good guys to overcome, it makes for a better story if the people aren’t superheroes.
All that research I engaged in is leading to another direction as well. I’m not real big on doing non-fiction, but there is no reason that what I dug up can’t be put to use in something else. That’s the unexpected benefit of doing someone else’s work when he can’t.
Expect more to come. Meanwhile, get out in the sunshine and check the sunset at night.