Slowly but surely, slowly but surely. Another 830 words since the last update. Not nearly fast enough, but nonetheless heading in the right direction. I’ve finished a major action set piece and am now indulging in a highly atmospheric reveal of Aviar (or its fate), a city important to the main plot thrust. There’s lots of rain and dripping leaves: I’m enjoying it.

Life continues to get in the way, though. It’s appraisal time at FXhome, for example, and this time it’s all being taken rather seriously and involves sheets and forms and stuff, so my evenings are being taken up with that somewhat. Come Tuesday that’ll all be done and dusted, though, and hopefully with me still having a job. The weekend was fairly busy, too, with a pleasant retirement do on the Saturday (attended by MP Ian Gibson and an important Army Chap, don’t you know) followed by the inevitable trip to the pub. Sunday involved an optician’s appointment where I discovered that they can now produce my contact lenses as daily disposables – marvellous! We also discovered The Wire for the first time, which is quite fantastic. Having also started watching Entourage, I’m wondering how on earth I’ve overlooked them both for so many years. The new issue of Interzone arrived and it has a superbly jaunty front cover.

So, yes. Progress, then. Just slower than desired. And the new season of Battlestar Galactica begins tonight on Sky, so it’s really not looking too good.

But I shall persevere, and I’m determined to make a completed first draft by the end of February, regardless of its actual quality! That’s what editing is for, after all.

39 days left.

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