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A mild case of burnout. - Elf M. Sternberg
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A mild case of burnout.
I've been so tired, worn out and cranky all week. It doesn't help that I've contemplated the Caprice Starr series up, down, and sidewise and told myself that what I'm committing myself to is insane. Most people start out wanting to write a novel. Caprice Starr is right now targeted to be six novels of an average 160 pages each, total word count 480,000 words. At 2000 words a day, with no breaks, that would come out to about eight months of steady writing.

Part of the problem is that many of the story ideas come off as police procedurals where the bad guys are Evil Overlord quality intelligence and have mixed motives, not necessarily evil but certainly at odds with Caprice's goals. And I've not read very many police procedurals; I wonder if The Laundry novels qualify. Maybe I should read some thrillers as well, like the Bourne novels.

Jeez, I just want to take November off. Then I could write 1000 words an hour if I were so inclined and have it half-done in a month.

Oh this shiny new computer -
There just isn't nothin' cuter.
It knows everything the world ever knew.
And with this great computer
I don't need no writin' tutor,
'Cause there ain't a single thing that it can't do.
It can sort and it can spell,
It can punctuate as well.
It can find and file and underline and type.
It can edit and select,
It can copy and correct,
So I'll have a whole book written by tonight
(Just as soon as it can think of what to write).

I have been revising my collection of old stories, those that have been sitting in a musty e-drawer for a few months or more. They don't look so bad. I think the last Kaede & Eshi story is ready to go. In fact, it looks like there's about 130,000 words or so in the "to be released" hopper after Sterlings is done, which is about the same size as Sterlings. Nineteen stories or so. Not too bad.

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