Pittsburgh: The Denizens of the Shallows

Pittsburgh has a fleet of boats that do cruises on the Three Rivers. If you’ve ever taken one, you’ll remember these mildly horrid things. As you cross the access way to the pier area of the fleet, the water is fairly shallow and these carp cluster there, hoping that passersby will feed them.

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Beautiful firearm: the Whitney Wolverine

The Whitney Wolverine was produced from 1956-1958. They only made about 15,000 of them. According to the company, only 500 were nickel-plated like this one. It looks amazing.

It’s a single action .22 LR. They originally cost $40 and $45, respectively. Today — if you can even find one — the non-nickel ones go for $1,000 at auction. Olympic Arms made did a revival of the gun several years ago, but the design lost its elegance in my opinion.

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Progress update: first revision pass

My first revision pass went a lot more quickly than I expected. As I worked through the first draft of the book, I kept a list of things that I needed to “backtrack” when I was finished, i.e. write back into earlier parts of the book so that everything holds together better. It turns out that the themes and items I’d noted to backtrack were already there, for the most part.

Having just read through the book over the last week, I’m pretty happy with it.

The next step is distribution to my “local” beta readers, and then looking for a more widespread beta audience. I’ll post here, and to a couple of other places when the beta program is ready.

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“Transformative Paraphysics” title change

Having reached the end of the first draft of Transformative Paraphysics, and starting to think about the third book in the series, I’ve come to the conclusion that TPOAP just isn’t the right title.  Things look very different on this side of the manuscript than they did on the other side.

I had considered adding a subtitle to Lincoln, Fox and the Bad Dog, but decided against it. However, I think the proposed subtitle works really well for this book. Until I change my mind again then, the new working title of book two is:

A Walk in the Park, With Monsters

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Draft one is finished

I’ve finished the first pass (i.e. main writing) of Transformative Paraphysics. Per the writing process I detailed before, I have to do a few more passes through the book. As I’ve come to the last third of the book, I started to take notes about things that I needed to backtrack into the first part of the story. Themes emerge and change. You think of things that are nice later and need to have support for them throughout the text.

So, on my next pass through the manuscript, I’ll be looking for typos, flow, etc., but also looking to build those items in.

The current word count stands at around 105,000, spread across eighteen chapters. My guess is that all subsequent passes will add between two and five thousand more words.

It feels good to have reached the end of “main writing” as I call it. I don’t even feel tired or sick of it! There’s plenty of time for that in the upcoming revision passes. 😀

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Progress update

Transformative Paraphysics manuscript just hit 55k words, and saw the completion of Chapter 9. The holiday break gave me a lot of time (I started Chapter 8 on 12/23), and I’ve been feeling really creative, so I was able to put down two chapters in as many weeks. Probably not a sustainable pace, but who knows? I’d love to complete the first draft of the manuscript by the end of March!

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