You know, I keep saying I’m going to blog more, but I don’t. Job hunting is taking up more time than I expected–especially as I’ve been getting, on average, an interview per week.
And, even more than that, I have obsessively writing on my historical romance novel, The Flames of Prague. I mean writing like I’m the last week of NaNo and I’m behind by several thousand words. This is a very good thing, as I had planned on releasing it the end of this year, but had only half of it done and was just not inspired to work on it.
It kinds of sucks to have to wait for inspiration, but when I get, boy, I get it.
I set myself a goal of writing 1,000 words a day, but I’ve been regularly clocking in at 3,000 words. Yesterday I wrote over 4,000 words, and I wasn’t even home all day. (I had an interview in Chattanooga yesterday morning, then drove 2 hours back home; I didn’t get back until about 1:30 in the afternoon).
And not only have I been writing a lot, I’ve been doing a fair amount of research, too. Mostly that consists of looking over my desk at my husband and asking, “What sort of job title would Petr have? He manages Jakub’s estate and is second in rank only after Jakub.” And, “Is peacock a white-meat or a red-meat bird?”
But I also look things up online and in our rather impressive personal library of medieval studies. Talhoffer’s classic 15th century book of fighting styles is next to my computer because I had to consult it regarding the proper technique for fighting with war hammers on poles. (No doubt a hands-on demonstration will later be needed.)
This past weekend I was online, digging through European coinage, trying to determine if the Prague groshen had any smaller denominations (yes, peniz–12 to the gros). This lead to a discussion between my husband and me as to the value of it compared to the English pound. (In practice, it was the equivalent of a shilling. In actual exchange rates, it seemed to be worth about 57 pennies–or four shillings, sixpence, and thruppence–or a half-crown, two shillings, and thruppence–or just 0£/2s/17d. ) Earlier today I combed through lists of medieval names and started organizing my historical notes/bibliography section.
I made covers for my next two books in the Acceptance Trilogy last week (those will go on display as soon as I go somewhere with high speed internet and upload the updates to my website); now if I could only get the cover for Flames to come out the way I want it to….
(BTW: This is my 500th post! And May of this year will mark my third year.)