Day 18. 45 pages, 20,496 words.
Nothing much going on this weekend, not foreseeing that I get much time to write but oh well. Things are going along smoothly. I’m quite pleased with the way book 3 is taking shape and while I have encountered some interesting challenges in addressing some of the plot arcs before they can get too out of hand, it has still basically been telling itself. I am beginning to understand why authors of huge epics run into trouble – once a book is in print, it’s nailed down and you have to follow its rules. Just another reason why it’s probably a better idea to write the whole series before publishing!
Or in this case, keep it simple.
On Sunday Mrs. Hatboy and I are due to head into Helsinki with Toop, to catch up with a really obscure friend who is visiting from the UK. It’s actually one of those cases where I am friends with this woman on Facebook, and so when the chance to meet face-to-face arises, I like to take it. I have a few online friends who I have never met in person, but only due to lack of opportunity. Now that social media is part of my life, I don’t really go in for this “collecting hundreds and thousands of ‘friends’ who I’ll never really interact with or know” malarkey.
Anyway, this lady is a friend of a friend who I connected with on Facebook due to some vague cancer connection, and then stayed friends with due to a mutual interest in Nightwish and anecdoting about our crazy kids. She’s heading to Finland as part of her Nightwish-related publicity gig, or possibly just for a holiday, I don’t know. Going to find out. Also there are a bunch of New Zealanders apparently coming, so that should be entertaining.
In other news, the MEFA Festival is gearing up again for 2015.