Stephen D. Lalonde

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Write On!

Posted on December 2, 2022 at 12:00 AM

NaNoWriMo is done for this year. I managed to post every day, even around the surgery. I posted early the morning of, and when I got home the next day I posted then. I was determined to make the goal, and I did and more. My productivity fell off after the operation, but I still managed to get 70,262 words written. Now I am writing on because there is much more of Strymon’s story yet to tell. One ending option occurred to me late last night. I have to consider that, as it is rather ether...

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NaNoWriMo Update

Posted on December 1, 2022 at 12:30 AM

I surpassed my goal of 50,000 words making a total of 70,262 for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I still have much to write to finish this first draft. I believe that Strymon will meet Sinon and Mentu in chapter 36. I just finished chapter 35 (first draft). This has been a challenging month with neck surgery complicating things considerably. I will continue to forge on with this book. It has taken some completely unexpected turns and I believe those have enhanced the story. Stay tun...

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Unexpected Event

Posted on November 29, 2022 at 9:30 AM

I thought I knew what was next, but the characters precipitated an unexpected event. It is a good one and I am delighted with the scenes around it. It was one of those word-gushing writing sessions. I could hardly keep up with the story as it revealed itself. It was not something that I had considered at all but it fits so well with the story that I am very happy. Strymon meeting Sinon and Mentu is still coming soon, but not quite yet. Another story will be told by this bard of the sea and in...

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Looking Forward

Posted on November 28, 2022 at 9:50 AM

STRYMON is coming along. He will soon be meeting Sinon and Mentu for the first time. Then the writing falls into a WHOLE LOT of integrating this book with the previous books. It will be fun and interesting because it will now be from Strymon’s point of view and we will get to see these other characters through different eyes. I think I am learning a lot about life in general as I write these books, and particularly this book. I have to carefully consider character motivation, and at the...

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The Bard

Posted on November 27, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Yesterday’s installment of STRYMON was about 1700 words and allowed Strymon to get back to being the bard. The Amphitrite stops in a bay on a small island near Euboea, where thousands of birds are on the shore and water. This leads him to tell the story of Herakles and the Stymphalian Birds. It was a fun piece to write and presented an opportunity to vary the story as the genuine bards of ancient Greece really did. This book is giving me great pleasure in living with the characters and ...

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Historic Interpretation

Posted on November 27, 2022 at 12:30 AM

I didn’t know what else to title this as the concept I want to discuss today is a little complicated in my opinion. As I am writing these books based around 600 BCE, there are certain modern conventions that are necessary for understanding of the reader, but are not a part of the period.

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The Things We Feel

Posted on November 25, 2022 at 10:25 AM

This year’s Thanksgiving gathering at our house has activated a host of feelings amplified by the sharing of each other’s lives. That includes the good and the bad. I am feeling the pain of the loved ones that I cannot heal or fix. I am happy for the successes and victories of those who are walking the paths of life that I traveled long ago or yesterday. All of this comes out in my writing. The characters in my books are facets of the lives of those who matter to me. ‘Write ...

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Thankful For -

Posted on November 24, 2022 at 10:40 AM

I have much to be thankful for in all areas of my life. Writing is one of those areas. I am thankful beyond words for the people in the critique group. They have made this journey exciting and rewarding. I am thankful for my sisters, who have always supported my efforts in the writing arena. I am thankful for the people who have been my beta readers, as I develop my books. I am thankful for Russ, and all the folks at Grey Dog Press. I am thankful for the other groups I belong to or have belon...

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Black Sea

Posted on November 23, 2022 at 10:10 AM

The Black Sea is over 700 miles long. Yesterday I wrote a chapter of STRYMON wherein the Amphitrite goes to the end of the Black Sea and back to the Bosphoros, trading along the way. I calculated this segment of the journey to take two months. This is based on the research I did on the average speed of a merchant vessel in those times. That speed is four knots an hour. I added trading stops and such. I limited time sailing/rowing to ten hours a day. This trip in the Black Sea is before Sinon ...

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Back to Work

Posted on November 22, 2022 at 11:10 AM

I have had a few pretty rough days, but I hope that the days will continue to get better. The neck surgery went well, according to the doctor. I won’t know for some time if we get the results we were hoping for. I will have to limit my writing (keyboard) time as that is one of the things that irritates the neck. More later.

Sinon and Mentu

Posted on November 19, 2022 at 10:30 AM

STRYMON is coming along nicely, I am nearly 60,000 words, and he hasn’t even met Sinon and Mentu yet. That is coming pretty soon, but then the whole episode continues through their books and ANISSI as well. STRYMON is going to be a much longer book that the other three, I believe. He still hasn’t figured out who or what he is, which means I don’t know yet. Mortal, god, demi-god, I just don’t know. If he is mortal, he is a cut above the norm. I tend to keep to reality, ...

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Just Got Home

Posted on November 18, 2022 at 5:55 PM

The surgery turned out to be a little more extensive than we were thinking so it turned into an overnight stay in the hospital. Just got home. I will still post another writing to the NaNoWriMo site, and then I have to rest. More tomorrow. Still, haven’t missed a day since Aug. 22, 2021.

Surgery Today

Posted on November 17, 2022 at 8:05 AM

I am having neck surgery today and I don’t know what to expect afterward. I may be missing my daily blogging after today for a while, but so far, I have gone 452 days without missing a day. If there is any way I can continue this daily, I will. My purpose in writing the blog is to share my journey as writer. This surgery is part of that journey. I have met my NaNoWriMo goal and will continue working on the first draft of STRYMON. Stay tuned.

NaNOWriMo Victory

Posted on November 16, 2022 at 11:15 AM

I made it. I crossed over the 50,000 word point on STRYMON. I wanted to make the NaNoWriMo goal early, but I am not done with the first draft of this book. There is much more story to tell, and I will continue to work toward a complete first draft, hoping to have it before the end of the year. I have found that having WORD read back what I have written each day has helped clean it up finding missing, repetitive, and weak words. That process will greatly reduce the challenge in working on futu...

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Today or Tomorrow

Posted on November 16, 2022 at 12:00 AM

My NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) goal is 50,000 words. I am posting the progress on the NaNoWriMo website. Each of my last three books had the first draft developed wholly or nearly complete by doing NaNoWriMo. Because I am having surgery this coming Thursday and I don’t know how that will affect my ability to write, I have been really focusing on getting to the goal before the surgery. At this point, it looks like I will make it today or tomorrow. STRYMON will be far from a ...

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Surprise!

Posted on November 14, 2022 at 11:35 AM

I sold seven books this weekend at the craft fair. My primary offering was my woodworking items. I had one small tv tray with three copies of each book on it. I was so happy to see people actually picking up the books and reading the blurb on the back. That allowed me to explain the evolution of the books and so they sold. Craft fairs are not (in my experience) generally a good place to sell books, but I am so happy about this weekend. By the way, I moved many wood items to reduce my inventor...

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Yesterday...

Posted on November 13, 2022 at 9:40 AM

all my troubles seemed so far away. Actually, we had a very good day at the craft fair yesterday. I sold some books, and we moved a lot of wood items and several fabric items as well as one king sized quilt. All-in-all we came home exhausted but happy. Again, we saw many friends and relatives among a very busy event. I will be taking a few more books today. Sundays are usually much quieter on the craft fair front, and then there is the tear-down and loading, coming home and unloading. I will ...

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Ridgeline Craft Fair

Posted on November 12, 2022 at 9:25 AM

Today we will be at Ridgeline High School doing the craft fair there. We have booth #6 in the commons. We enjoyed seeing many friends at the University High School Craft Fair a couple of weeks ago and are hoping to see many again today or tomorrow. The fair runs from 9:00 to 4:00 both today and tomorrow. This will be the last one for us for a while. I sold three books at UHS, and will have my books available again. Audrey will have her sewing and quilting items and I will have my woodworking ...

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My Devices

Posted on November 12, 2022 at 12:40 AM

I use several literary devices in an attempt to enrich the experience for my readers. I want to share a few examples in this blog. All of these are from my next book, STRYMON.

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Collegiality

Posted on November 10, 2022 at 11:20 AM

Here is a of definition of this word: (from Merriam-Wester) companionship and cooperation between colleagues who share responsibility.

I chose this topic...

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