Why is coming up with the title so often the hardest part of the blogging experience? Maybe for the same reason that I sometimes can't title my fan fiction chapters until they're done. Still, good old alliteration came to my rescue again, so settle in and prepare to be entertained on this, my Sampler Saturday.
The first part of the title refers to what we just spent about half an hour doing down in the basement. Neither of us had any idea that we had managed to accumulate eight tubs of ice cream and nine pounds of butter. Not to mention the three whole chickens (and the whole turkey), and the two milk crates' worth of frozen vegetables.
Still, as long as we don't have any power outages over twenty-four hours long, the chest freezer should keep all of the above perfectly good until we use it. Writing, after all, is work, and does require a significant input of calories to accomplish correctly. I also function better with plenty of caffeine and salt, but that may just be me.
And what does this functioning entail, you ask? (Okay, maybe you didn't ask, but let me have a few illusions here.) Well, I've already talked about my current novels this week... or have I? Tuesday's post was background information about the world of Trycanta, and Thursday's was mainly my writing process... Huh. Guess I haven't much.
So why don't I? Without further fuss, a few notes on the stories and the progress of the novels which will continue my two open series: Snowball, second in the Tales of Anosir, set on the world of Trycanta; and Playing with Fire, second in the Chronicles of Glenscar, set in a modestly alternate England and Ireland in the late 1780's.
I'll cover Fire first, since I did touch on it in my last post, as well as providing a snippet (click here if you didn't read it yet). As I said on Facebook the other day, writing Fire feels very much like doing a "missing moments" fanfic, except that I can never be contradicted, because I also happen to have written the source material!
For this reason, and also because I really enjoy these characters, Fire is coming along very well (knock on nearest wood-like object). I'm a day ahead on my Personal Novel Writing Month wordcount, which means I could take today off if I had to, or I could just keep getting further and further ahead... oh, the possibilities.
As for Snowball, it's on the back burner just now, since I have both Fire and Killdeer open in the noveling category, along with such little things as Here Be Dragons and Surpassing Danger (more on this tomorrow). Still, I'm thinking about it every so often, just to get that fuel-gathering process going, and the thoughts are fun ones.
Homecoming, if you'll recall, drew from the story of Cinderella -- anyone guess what fairy tale I'm going to be using and abusing for Snowball? Don't think too hard about this one, people. I can also tell you that our little Caparo will be entering lands held by lyrror, the other Trycantan native race, about whom I'll tell you more on Tuesday.
As for Killdeer, sadly, it's stalled at the moment. That's not because of writer's block, since I know where the story's going -- it's because even for me, it takes a good bit of time and energy to change my mental channel from Georgian-era Ireland to a starship in the distant future. Let me get a little further along with Fire and I'll try it again.
The same problem, or situation perhaps, arises for certain stories in Here Be Dragons, but not all of them, of course. Some of them are even set in the world where Glenscar exists (and will serve as backstory for the Chronicles, much like "Qui Sola Ambulat" from Cat Tales), or on Trycanta (though not all of them are in Anosir).
So what's the takeaway message for Sampler Saturday? Anne is writing. Anne is writing a whole lot. Anne may not be writing exactly what you want Anne to write, but the rule is the same as the one about weather in Pittsburgh... wait five minutes, it'll change. Except I hope it doesn't because it's cool and dry and beautiful out.
From the home of the well-organized freezer, I say, see you tomorrow, which should see not only a Surpassing Sunday blog post but an actual CHAPTER of Surpassing Danger! Thanks as always, and remember, one minute you spend commenting makes my whole day better!