August 27th, 2004


8/26/04: Back on the horse

Word count: 90642 | Since last entry: 1054 | This month: 3216

Today didn't go exactly the way I'd thought it would. I took the train to work, thinking I would get plenty of time to write on the way there and back. But we shipped a major product today (ePolicy Orchestrator 3.5, which is what I've been spending most of my time on for the last year) and there was a celebration at a restaurant downtown. I got a ride there, and a ride home from there, so no writing in the afternoon. And then, for a variety of stupid and inexcusable reasons, I didn't even sit down to write again until about 10:30. But now it's almost midnight, and I look up and I see I've written over a thousand words.

And there's more good news. The VP of my division announced that, in further celebration of our accomplishment, everyone gets tomorrow off! So I hope to get much more writing done tomorrow... was well as several other chores.

Congratulations, us.


8/27/04: Day off

Word count: 91914 | Since last entry: 1272 | This month: 4488

A very good day's writing, and I went to the gym and got a bunch of other chores done as well. We should ship a major release more often.

In the last couple of days I've written three and a half scenes that point out exactly how bad the situation has become. 1. Clarity has to deal with the human governments wanting to know what the hell is going on; 2. the Green Hills clan begins evacuating to orbit (and Clarity fears that they secretly control the orbital lasers and will take the plague back to the homeworld); 3. Clarity argues with the other Council members about whether a suicidal attack on the Green-Hills-controlled launch Platforms would be entirely futile or just mostly futile -- that last is the half-scene, because the argument is interrupted when 4. Raptor, chief of the Green Hills clan, calls to complain that Clarity has misinterpreted his actions (dodging all requests to explain his real motives) and to threaten serious reprisals for any attempt to recapture the Platforms.

And there's more violence, destruction, and betrayal to come before the chapter's out. Whee!