Mad Mahmoud is not a popular person these days: Looks like the Mad Mullahs are mightily annoyed with Monkey Boy. They’re going to ask him why the Iranian currency is tanking. Here’s a hint for them: Nuclear enrichment, underground centrifuges, saying you’re going to eliminate Israel–which one of these do you think the West has been kidding about?
The Syrian war overflows again: Syrian tanks entered the DMZ zone of the Golan Heights. That makes three countries it’s directly affecting: Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel. Of course, it is indirectly affecting most of the Middle East, with jihadis taking sides and running to join the war. But Obama spent his political capital by illegally bombing Libya, in thanks of which jihadis attacked our embassy and murdered our ambassador and three other Americans.
Watergate Libya: John McCain is calling for a special committee to investigate what really happened in Libya, and whether or not cries for help went ignored.
Still not taking part in NaNoWriMo: It never seemed to me that trying to write 50,000 words in a month was the way to kickstart my own writing, so no, once more, I am not taking part. I am, however, writing, editing, and plotting at my usual pace for Book Two of The Catmage Chronicles. I am currently working on fleshing out the entire Council, because we’re having a knock-down drag-out (or as close as you can get to one) fight in the first chapter. And the Council will be back in the next few books. Finding the right names for the right characters is important. Who are the Catmages on the Council? What are their personalities like? How can I find the right Hebrew name/word to fit their character? And which ones will be important enough to become regular characters instead of just filling out the thirteen members required?
Yeah, that’s why I’ll never write 50,000 words in a month. I don’t plot everything out beforehand. I have the major story arcs in mind, certain plot points written and thought over, and then, when I sit down to write, out comes a character I’d never even imagined, guarding Nafshi and becoming everyone’s favorite character in the blink of an eye. (Don’t worry, Patches is back in Book Two.)
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