The following was originally posted on my Not A Travel Writer sub-tumblr. As tumblr dies following its ridiculous self-destruction, I have decided to correlate all my previous posts, from several places, here. It makes sense and, crucially, means I own my content. In theory, it also means it cannot be removed by anyone else.

WIP TKDesertBonus 12.10.18 839 Words

Boom! Done.

First draft complete.

Now to leave it well alone for a while, work on editing other things and beginning additional new words. I am quite pleased with how this tale turned out. I also have copious “TK” notes about what to add it, what to alter, how to approach the redraft. At its heart, this is a love story and one that neatly sets up the involvement of these two characters in the longer work I am planning. They have their agency, they have their deep bond, now all I will need to do is throw increasing peril at them, see whether this bond is strong, or it snaps. (Spoiler — I like to think [at this stage] it is strong enough to survive, but I have been wrong with my characters before.)

Physically I feel really rather great today. Yesterday I ate more and ensured I stayed well hydrated, and I feel rested. I may even try a workout today or tomorrow, we shall see.