As many of my readers may remember, I'm writing an historical fiction trilogy based on the happenings in and around the Westcliffe–Canon City, Colorado area between the mid 1870s to mid 1880s. Initially, I'd scheduled the first part of the story, Rebellion in the Valley, to be followed by Anticipation in the Valley within 6 months.

That didn't happen.

After a series of weird events that decided to go wrong for me last year, including the fizzling out of my laptop and losing a couple other manuscripts, my writing suffered in general and it took me a minute to catch up again.

As of today, however, Anticipation in the Valley boasts 7 written chapters with a handful more outlined. Delivering the complete story has been marked on my calendar for June 10th.

The research for these three stories, and doing my best to connect them all together, has been both frustrating at times and loads of fun. I've learned many facts about the basic way of life during this period, and I've taken extensive notes in order to help fund my brain for not only the last part of these stories, but other books I may write in the future.

Some days end with a high word count, other days … not so much. Yesterday's goal was simply to reach the 500-word mark so I could feel Jeff Goins figuratively pat me on the back. The day actually ended with a word count of 597.

Half of yesterday's writing session filled itself with research; if I'm going to write about crayons, for instance, I better know a lot about crayons! While I always encourage correction and calling my attention to goofs (surprise: I'm not perfect), if I goofed up on a huge scale, it would probably mortify me. So I hit the books and scour the net for pieces of information that to many people, are inconsequential.

Is it a waste of time which could otherwise be spent in actual writing? I don't think so. Any time we feed the mind with practical, clean, useful or factual information, is (in my opinion) not a waste of time.

So that's it for this week, and thanks for hanging in there with me, everyone!