Wednesday, July 30, 2014
sunny and pleasant
Monday was a busy day. Good busy, but busy. I can’t believe how fast the weeks are flying! I got a good chunk of both research and writing done for BALTHAZAAR TREASURE. Very satisfying, along with playing with some ideas for a new piece whose lead character is annoying me. Got a few pages of notes on that, and now she is shutting up.
Tuesday morning, up early. A new book, a fantasy novel, appeared in my head overnight, almost fully-formed. I wrote the outline, in longhand, throughout the day — twenty-six pages for the Writers Rough Outline.
That was challenging, because yesterday was the Centennial of the Cape Cod Canal. It turned 100. We were invited to a private party next to the Marine Life Center, supplied with wristbands, parking pass, etc. The cop didn’t want to let us in to the lot, despite the pass, but I told him I was turning in and he could either stop the traffic or I was going to cause an accident. I mean, come on, people! Get a clue.
The food was great in the tent. Over 600 people went through the Discovery Center over the course of the day, which was great. The tents and entertainment in the park were fun. After the party tent closed, we walked along the canal, and then set up chairs near the Bridge to watch the fireworks. The fireworks were well done, especially when you consider the constraints the providers were under. They made very good use of the design of the rockets with the space and the bridge and the proportions. I’m still spoiled by New York’s fireworks, but these were good. It was interesting, though — I always make fun of the music they use in New York, and yet, I missed the music last night. Go figure.
Post-fireworks was a nightmare, though, and an unnecessary one at that. We got into the car at 9:20 PM. By 10 o’clock, not one car had moved from any parking lot, and everything was still at a standstill on Main St. Not a cop in sight. Also not acceptable. And unnecessary. I sat in the car and started writing the first chapter of the new book — tentatively called INITIATE.
We all reconvened at the Marine Life Center and had an impromptu party until a little after 11, when traffic was moving again. A cop showed up for about three minutes, forcing people to turn left out of the lot — even though most people needed to go right to get where they were going and it’s known that one doesn’t make left turns during summer season. The cop left after about 3 minutes, and everyone went back to what they wanted to do anyway.
We waited until traffic was pretty clear, and then got home fairly quickly. We didn’t get to bed until nearly midnight.
Overslept until 6:30 this morning, but managed to get my mom’s medication from the pharmacy and write 1250 words on INITIATE before heading to the library.
Marine Medical Mystery by NMLC this morning at the library, and Joseph Finder talks about his new book, SUSPICION, tonight.
It’ll be a long day, but a really good one!
Have a great week, people.