February 15th, 2010


progress report

I'm almost at 5000 words on the Crimean War story, which doesn't yet have a title. I think it's going to be between 6000 and 8000 words total. I don't have a lot of time to futz with my ideas on it, I just need to get it written and sent. But I think I have a good idea of the story's shape now, and ought to be able to finish it this weekend at the latest.

I got that far by spending most of my weekend sitting on my bed with my laptop, surrounded by reference books (though one of them turned out to be pretty much useless, since it was all about the upper classes). Today I need to check a historical fact or two and look at some usages in the OED, and try to come up with a title, probably from a song or poem from the period. I'll do those things online. I don't have the time available to get library books and dig through them. (Now I know some useful sources I'd like to/need to add to my home collection!)