I was in Washington D.C. for most of the week for work. Because of the cold, I stayed indoors in the evenings and was quite productive in my writing, reading, and the third "R" — exercise.
Also, I spent a great deal of time working on Sister Soul, which feels like it has crossed over from the "Tentative Projects" list to the "Yes, I'm going to finish it!" list. I've got about 15,000 words written, but, more importantly, I can envision many more scenes. When I sit down to work on this, the words come out quickly. I have a better sense of the characters and the plot. I just need to get it down.
Over the last couple of weeks, I made some changes that I'm excited about.
First, I compressed some real-life events into a shorter period of time, and that has injected more heated emotions into the story.
Second, along with a scene in the Santa Anita "assembly center," I'm including a scene in 13th Century Japan that will include samurai and ninjas.
Third, I made a change among two of the characters that I'm excited about. Originally, they were this old pair that new everything and were just waiting for the right moment to tell the main characters. Now, they only know somethings, but they are trying to convince the main characters that they know everything. This pair feels much more complex to me, and I like that they are hiding this bit problem that will lead to complications later.
I'm currently stalled on a long monolog that I don't want to be a long monolog.
I also read The Family Fang, which is a very decent novel that made me laugh a lot because of phrases like "They spent their evenings sharing medicine."
What's Peanut eating? Tender blades of grass.