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[writing] Progris riport, day 12, revising Pinion

I apparently failed to post a Pinion progris riport yesterday, so this will have to do. In brief, three chapters yesterday and two and a third today. I planned to get a lot more done today, but the overly complex packing and trip prep I needed to do ate an alarming amount of time, and then there were some writing-related program activities which couldn’t be put off any longer.

However, tomorrow is another day. Still on target for all deadlines.

[personal] A schedule which rapidly approaches asymptotic

Weekend looms, then a truly epic schedule.

I’m supposed to go hiking with early tomorrow morning, but a dear friend of ours is very close to death, and she’s been spending a lot of time at the hospital. Plus the weather is predicted to be windy, wet and cold; so even if things are quiet on the medical front, it seems unlikely.

I need to make solid progress on Pinion tomorrow, and help with her big Nebraska report, and make some effort at cleaning the house because is visiting tomorrow night.

Sunday more Pinion and more homework, plus packing, because Monday I’m off to Omaha for a week of day jobbery.

Friday I fly from Omaha to Orlando to attend ICFA, then spend two days being a visiting writer at Trinity Prep in Winter Park.

I leave Orlando Wednesday for Dallas and some day job client meetings. Home Thursday evening. Yes, that’s twelve days on the road.

Then that Friday I’m off to San Francisco for the Borderlands event with on Saturday the 28th, and a few days of quality time with , before I scuttle back to Portland and pack for two weeks in China.

Busy much? Plus a book to deliver (Pinion), an outline to finish (Endurance), and several smaller projects to while away the empty hours.


[writing] Progris riport, day 10, revising Pinion

Down to 168,800 today, plus lots of nitty stuff done. Not quite as tight as I’d hoped (165,000) but at least I broke below 170,000. Plus went on some booger patrols. Tomorrow I’m on to another pass for continuity fixes and deeper line edits, with a goal of 160,000 when I send it off to , and my readers.

[writing] Progris riport, day 9, revising Pinion

[eta: this has been sitting in draft since last night]

After a remarkably unproductive day yesterday, I am back on the horse. Almost four hours of keyboard time, focused on moderate to major cuts. Didn’t get all the way through the mss, but put a good chunk of it under the virtual red pencil.

Got it down from 198,900 to 171,700. I think I’ll end this pass around 165,000, with any luck. That’s still overlength, but not insanely so, to the degree that I can do a third pass for tightening, grabbing [bracket notes] and general fit, finish and corrosion, with an eye to trimming, and hope to hammer it below 160,000.

We shall see. I’m actually quite pleased with how well this is going.

[writing] The day that (mostly) wasn’t

Well, it’s a good thing I put the line edit pass of Pinion to bed yesterday. Today I had a priority request for a current bibliography, which sucked up a couple of hours, then got very homework-intensive with the reading and writing, then my acheing body (c.f. yesterday’s tetanus shot and personal trainer session) said “whoa, Sparky.”

I did manage to read ‘s daily on her current project. And just for variety, I did a bit more work on the Endurance outline, based on a recent conversation with about same. Unless I am seized with the burning passion of a thousand suns to push that to the next milestone tomorrow, I’ll be back on Pinion.

So it wasn’t cat waxing — good and productive reasons not to be good and productive today — but I can’t luff two days in a row.

[books] An important note about Pinion

Just a quick peek inside the sausage factory here, along with a huge “thank you.”

has a book entitled Pinion which is currently going through the contracting process, through our shared agent, . When , and I were hammering through possible production titles for Tourbillon, I came up with Pinion without realizing was already using it.

Titles aren’t copyrighted, and books with similar (or identitical) titles are endemic. But none of us wanted to step on . So we checked production schedules and other likely points of confusion, then asked if she minded that I use Pinion for the third Mainspring book.

Quite graciously, she agreed.

So here is a big shout-out and a thank you to , who is a Hero of the Revolution and will get some love in the book, besides.

[writing] Progris riport, day 6, revising Pinion

Six more chapters revised on Pinion, f/k/a Tourbillon. If I had a bit more energy, I might close to the end of the line read tonight, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Once I get this done, it’s back in for the heavy work. The big news today, of course, was the adoption of the publication title, Pinion.

[books] Pinion

Tourbillon has acquired an official production title of Pinion. That makes the three book arc:

  • Mainspring (Tor, 2007)
  • Escapement (Tor, 2008)
  • Pinion (Tor, 2010)

And so we rock on.