Friday, February 3, 2012


What a great evening! I opened 'Blue' and discovered that I had already completed Chapter Thirty-one and was more than halfway done with Chapter Thirty-two! Whoo hoo! Who knew!

I took my own advice as a wee wave of worry swept over me (couldn't pass up a bit of alliteration). I let the Muse do the work. I put my fingers on the keyboard and the Muse took over. Thank goodness. Where has she been? Sick. Yup. But she's back.

Finished Chapter Thirty-two tonight. Will, of course, edit it within the next few days. But it's done and it feels good.

For this chapter, I had to research the landscape that our hero/heroine found her/himself in. Kind of like the geysers and such at Yellowstone National Park in the USA.

I've been to Rotorua in New Zealand. That's pretty neat, too. But I needed something more.

I discovered this stupendous place on the far east coast of Russia. Part of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Awesome landscape and just what I needed. I found it awhile back (before I needed it) on a PBS program and saved it to my DVR. Watched it again tonight, knowing full well I had to 'see' what my characters were seeing. I think this makes a huge difference.

Life is discovery.


  1. Always nice to discover you are further along than you thought you were!

    I know exactly what you mean about needing to see what your characters are seeing. I recall doing a lot of picture research so I could properly describe a trek down a mountainous path, among other things.

  2. I seem to remember you almost falling and killing yourself while researching flood plains! LOL

    I do my research in my chair. ROTFL

  3. Sometimes actual field trips are necessary, hehe! Like the time I ran an experiment with a stick and a stream to see how fast something floated on the current so I could figure out how long it would take something in my story to float from Point A to Point B. :-D

    But armchair work is definitely the way to go these days!

  4. Wasn't it exhilarating - after you got past the embarrassment of watching a twig on a stream -- to be able to measure this?

    Life is good. And fun.