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+1,473 words

Finished Act IV! Been making really good progress. Pretty pleased with how this chapter ended up. It's a big one at 3,000 words but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Everybody who matters is now on the ship. ~23k words remaining. Home stretch!!!

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+642 words

They were okay. Realized I can skip a whole scene so I made some extra progress that way too. Tired.

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+728 words

This is going to sound dumb, but my shower was broken for the last two days, which coincided with two days of kinda meh writing. It was fixed a couple hours ago, and as soon as I got in, I figured out what I'd been doing wrong, and how to move forward. In this case that meant switching the order of a few scenes. It makes much more sense now. Next up, the back half of this chapter, which is more exciting spy stuff.

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+515 words

Started the final chapter of Act IV. Afterwards, I was worried I'd spent so long working today for so few words. But then I remembered that this chapter was ill-defined on the outline, so I had to rough it out first, which is not captured in the topline figure. So that's good.

Cornelius is well and truly in love now, which is cute, and they are gonna have to find a way to smuggle him onto a ship, so he can get out of town without alerting Homeland Security...

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+1,367 words

One chapter in one sitting. A small one, obviously, but it didn't really make sense to stop in the middle. Might have to be expanded later--it's pretty peppy, but reader feedback tends to indicate that I rush peppiness. But that's what the next draft is for. Onward!

We've now hired a smuggler and gotten almost the whole gang together... we just need Cornelius to stow away in the next chapter.

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+973 words

Closed out the Cornelius-gets-in-real-trouble chapter. This chapter was surprisingly easy to write, so, yay. Wordier than I would have liked... half because it had to be, half because that's what editing is for. Two chapters left in this act, one is very small. Next up: the small one, where Pearly hires a smuggler!

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I've gotten some words down on the real villains in the GameStop/Robinhood saga: the hot-take-havers. We will never solve the real problems if we believe in fake ones, so let's make sure we know what actually happened, which doesn't seem too bad at all. balloon-juice.com/2021/01/30/s

The simulation hypothesis is super boring to me now that I’ve learned about Bolzmann brains. Nihilism: go big or go home

+659 words

Spent all day doing the actual moving part, but am very happy I finished this scene. Cornelius has been burned by his handler and been told to get rid of his phone. I'm proud of the detail that he feels a twinge of guilt before tossing it into a storm drain, because he sees the NO DUMPING--DRAINS TO BAY notice.

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+612 words

Spent all day moving stuff, but did manage to squeeze in some writing. Finished the zip-tie scene. Poor bloodied Cornelius. This is a very exciting sequence to write, though, and important to the plot, and Corny is taking it in stride. Excited to wrap up the rest of the chapter tomorrow (1000 words?), which I just did a beat sheet for.

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+555 words

Late start tonight; getting ready to move soon. Went well, though. Finally getting into the darker parts of the story. Cornelius's amateur attempts at spying are finally catching up to him. He's about to try and cut his way out of some zip-ties, which will bloody his wrists quite a bit--but he knows how to deal with that, since he's got practice.

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+734 words

Finished chapter. Not thrilled with it, the texture isn’t so great, but that’s a problem for the next draft. Following chapter I am very excited to write—Cornelius makes a thrilling, surprisingly bloody escape!

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Sometimes a writer will tweet about a paywalled thing they wrote, and then a bunch of people will comment “wow this sounds great, too bad I’ll never read it because you want to get paid for your work.” Who... are those people. What.

@tynanpants +548 words

Today’s session was a struggle. Had to cobble together some character motivation to get from point A to point B and now feeling too grumpy to proceed. But, my daily minimum is 500, so this will do. Well positioned for tomorrow at least.

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@tynanpants probably could have written a little less lol. Where did the afternoon go. But hey now I feel accomplished and studly

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+735 words
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Hideki is now a part of their scheme, and has begun, in his halting and clumsy way, to flirt back with his friend Shige. Maybe some day he'll have the confidence to be overt about it. In the meantime, he has sushi to make, and a voyage to plan for.

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I was taking Sundays off from novel work, but I’m getting really impatient to finish the rough draft so I’m not any more. Days off are good when I need them, but maybe there’s no reason to take them if I... don’t.

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