Brief update

Things have been a little quiet here mainly because I’ve been unusually busy, but I thought a brief update was in order so that regular readers didn’t feel like I’d fallen completely off the face of the Internet.

I just finished adding another 800 words to the epic fantasy short story, brining it to about 4,700 words, and a little more than halfway finished. Today is the fifth day in a row that I’ve written at least 500 words/day, the longest such streak of the year, and I don’t anticipate it stopping until I finish the draft of this story. The draft will be too long, but I’m already looking forward to working on the second draft once the first is complete.

We had our first ever parent-teacher conference at the Little Man’s school this morning and I’m pleased to report that the Little Man is doing very well in school. Perhaps the biggest surprise on the progress report we received (which had three possible “rankings” for each item: “Usually”, “Sometimes”, and “Seldom”) was the fact that for the item “Exhibits sense of humor”, the little man received a “sometimes”. Apparently, he sometimes takes things too literally. I wonder where on Earth he gets that from?

I’ve been working my way through the March 1942 Astounding¬†and have been enjoying that issue. I’ve also been making my way through George R. R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, but I’ve slowed down a bit on that one. Part of the reason is that I have too many other reading commitments at the moment. I have a couple of chapters of a novel to read for a writer friend. I promised an editor I’d read over two long novellas and give him my thoughts on them. And all of this is above and beyond my normal reading commitments.

Tomorrow night, we have a baby sitter and Kelly and I are going out to dinner with some friends. I’m looking forward to that. It’s been a while since we’ve had a night out, just the two of us.

I’ve made some updates to my Scrivener short story template and will be releasing the revised version (with a couple of new features) this weekend.

That’s about it. Time to head downstairs and play train tracks with the Little Man.