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Reality Game – Day 20

More progress on the novel, though I just remembered that I should have been working on a short story for our Writers’ Club anthology. Deadline, October 1st. I planned on submitting an original short story, one or two previously published ones, and maybe a few poems. I pretty much have one week left to pull all that together.

This Tuesday was a little weird for me. Last night I wrote my blog article for Spec Faith. Started it later than planned, so was up until almost 8 am getting it done. I knew I’d at least need to sleep until 2 pm. When my alarm went off, I could tell my body wasn’t ready to go. I had a critique group meeting starting at 2:30. Thought maybe I’d go after pulling myself together. Better late than none, but I just couldn’t motivate myself.

I ate some breakfast and checked email. By the time I started to think about printing out a section to take to critique, it was getting to be 4:30. Since it ends at 5, not much point. So still feeling groggy, I spent some time on the infidelity forum. My body demanded more rest, so took an hour nap until 7 pm.

Wife came home after I pulled myself out of bed. We realized we never bought the fish for me to fry, so we ended up going to grab some BBQ at a local place called Holy Smokes. Very tender and delicious. A ton better than what I subjected Grace to in Dallas last year. We watched “Yesterday’s Enterprise” while we ate, a popular episode o f ST TNG. We’d finished going through the Firefly series (boy, sure wish there were more, just enough to whet your appetite), so I picked back up on Extant, a science fiction series I’ve been picking at here and there.

Finished that. Had a Skype call with my daughter in Mississippi. Watched a few YouTube videos as I didn’t feel like doing much of anything. Briefly considered just going to bed early and actually having a morning before work in the afternoon because I didn’t feel in the mood to do anything.

But by the time I got my wife to bed and did the bookkeeping for her business (light today), it was nearing 12:30 am. I saw I could have a good night to get some writing done. So I took my meds, answered some more threads on the infidelity forum, then by 2 am I was sitting down at my computer with prunes, cashews, and a hot cup of peach tea.

Typed away for an hour and a half and got in 1000 words. Not too shabby, all things considered. Not as fast as I used to type, but faster than I’ve been of late. Better than the 600 in an hour and a half I did last time. That finished out Chapter 2. I have vague idea where this is going, but not sure yet how it will develop. These stories tend to have plenty of plot twists and turns in them, and I’m focusing on the relationship dynamics more too. Especially after what happened in the last book, Virtual Game. Spoilers!

So decided by the time I wrote this blog, I’d be ready for bed. Getting close to 4:30 now, so I’ll get some decent sleep before the alarm wakes me at noon. So at least this strange day involved making more progress on the novel. But I’ll probably have to take a break theĀ  next few days to get that short story written, compile my submissions, write part two of my infidelity blog post on trust, and try to take over the world. So getting words in on the novel may not happen until later this week. We’ll see how it pans out. Wednesday, however, is more cleaning work. All afternoon and don’t usually get back until around 8 to 9 pm.

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Day 1: 444 words
Day 14: 456 words
Day 18: 687 words
Day 20: 1041 words

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Novel total: 4399 words

About R. L. Copple
R. L. Copple enjoys a good cup of coffee and a fun story. These two realities and inspiration from the likes of Lester Del Ray, J. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, among others, caused him to write his own science fiction and fantasy stories to increase the fun in the world and to share his fresh perspective.
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