OK, this is the first one of these things in a long time I’m writing just before you read it. I’m up to 6 pages since last Tuesday. 6 pages.
So longhand will not be used very often in the future, much to the chagrin of my left wrist. One problem is that I don’t have earlier manuscripts at my fingertips. I can’t just stop and pull up Tishla or The Children of Amargosa and do a quick word search. Any names that aren’t immediately memorable, such as the Legal Caste Gelt whom Tishla stabs rather casually, gets [insert alternate name] in square brackets like that.
On the other hand, I’m not toting my Surface to work. It stays on the charger. I can grab the ms and start scribbling whenever. And I have a few times already. I may forgo lunchtime revisions and sketching until after my honeymoon.
Fortunately, this is a shorter novella. I’m hoping it clears the 20,000 word barrier because I’d like for it to have a print edition, but we shall see. Right now, I know I’ve already surrendered my lunch hour to this.