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The First Thirty Thousand

Happy post-4th of July. Casey here.

Since it’s a long holiday weekend, this will be a short post.


I’m trying a little experiment that is designed to make sure I’m always writing something. I am concurrently writing two books at the same time.

Generally, I switch every other day. Right now the word count averages 1200-2000 per day depending on how much time I have.

It’s working great at the moment. But something I’ve long suspected is being proved true.

The first thirty thousand words are killer!!

I’ve discovered that I need at least that long before I can really get into my character’s heads. It’s like a giant uphill slog to get the first 30k down on the page. Usually after that, I can pick up speed and the plot rolls forward from there.

I am not sure how much longer I can write two books at once, because I’m sure I’ll have to commit the mental power to one universe at a time. And, of course, I have to be careful not to mix the worlds up or have two books that “sound” alike.

Anyone have a similar experience with the first thirty thousand (or whatever the magic number is for you)? And have you tried writing multiple books at the same time?

With a Rebel Yell!

Happy Friday everyone! Casey here.

Thomas Jefferson once famously said, “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.” Or at least that is what my new t-shirt from Old Sturbridge Village tells me.

This past Sunday, younger son and I attended OSV’s 6th annual Redcoats & Rebels event. It is the largest Revolutionary War reenactment in the United States. Despite the ninety degree weather and suffocating humidity, we had a great time.

As you can imagine, I took a lot of pictures. I won’t share them all, but here are a few.

When we entered the town green, it was populated with a sea of white tents. This is the Colonial Militia’s camp.

An industrious colonial woman embroidering. There were over a dozen groups from states all over New England. Each was assigned a location throughout the village. All were friendly, passionate about history, and super informative.

French artillery company. Their standard is an owl.Obviously, I am their biggest fan.

Next stop, over on the Redcoat side, formal inspection before the first battle. The royal encampment was filled with fancy military officer’s tents. Younger son couldn’t believe they had persian rugs on the floor. Indeed they did. They carted around all the finery they could. We all know how well that turned out for them.

Over on the rebel site, the Colonial Militia goes through a similar exercise.

The battle on the hill. We were in the middle of this melee (yes, we were very close). It was exciting and loud.

A skirmish in the woods. The Redcoats were ambushed by the Colonials, who liked to take sniper shots from the trees.

The final battle of the day took place at Freeman Farm in their vast fields. This time they included cannon fire as well.

In addition to the battles, throughout the day there was music (fife and drum, natch!), cannon demonstrations (super loud), and hands on activities. If you are in the area and love history, consider attending. It’s a two-day event, first weekend of August. I can’t wait until 2013 so we can attend again.

And, no, I didn’t think about writing the whole day. Okay, maybe a little. Speaking of writing, over at my blog, I’ve been awarded The Sisterhood of World Blogger’s Award. There are two scribes listed and I expect you ladies to play along! And I’m also blogging at the Soul Mate author’s blog – Step Back in Time.

What fun things have you all done lately? Anyone attended a cool event or fun vacation?