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Corbett-877 #6

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Corbett-877

School’s well underway and we are back on track! Sorry for the momentary disturbance. And for those who dropped a tip in the hat — thank you. It’s well appreciated.

One cool thing about doing flashbacks in these episodes? It’s actually really freaking easy to work out the timestamps for them. Hooray for the metric system!

Well, the decimal time system.

Anyway, here’s Corbett-877 #6.

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Lovelace 1/2 #13

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Lovelace 1/2

As stated in the Labor Day post, this is one of the busiest two week periods we have in the business of academia. We’ve spent the summer prepping for students and faculty to return, but when they actually do return, things get amazingly crazy, amazingly fast. That’s where we are now, for those playing along at home. So, if my prep time was pushed to mid-day instead of morning… well, for the next two weeks that may happen. Sorry. (insert smily faced emoticon here.)

Of course, actually posting this has been a trial given some hosting company issues….

As for this particular episode of Lovelace 1/2….

Well, it was a hard one to write, but it’s also the first episode I conceptualized from beginning to end as an episode, before I even wrote #1.

Here it is.

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Lovelace 1/2 #12

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Lovelace 1/2

So. It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s Lovelace 1/2.

This is an exceptionally busy time for me, day job wise. I work at a school — for the record, not Brooks-Carillon. In fact, my school and Brooks-Carillon aren’t that much alike, beyond a superficial similarity common to many private schools. However, we’re gearing up for the start of the school year, and this means my days are long and my nights are short.

Naturally, one of the pivotal moments of the story hits this week.

Here we go….

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Corbett-877 #5

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Corbett-877

Hey hi, all!

As a reminder, Interviewing Trey returns tomorrow at 9 am EDT, covering the phantom episode from last Friday. Then Lovelace 1/2 as we always expect on Wednesday, and then the next episode of Interviewing Trey on Friday. Got all that? Cool!

But it’s Monday right now, which means Corbett-877.

One thing that’s interesting about writing these is the aspect of serializing novels. Though I pretty much number these as episodes, they’re mostly structured as novels, broken into scenes with certain dramatic necessities taking place in certain ways. This is as much an opportunity for first-drafting as anything else. As a result, we make it to, say, part 5 of Corbett-877 and find ourselves still in Corbett’s Coffee. In one sense, we’re still in ‘Part One’ of the book.

The name of that part? “The Latest Liam Corbett.”

Here ’tis. Have fun!

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Lovelace 1/2 #11

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Lovelace 1/2

There is something about Lovelace 1/2 that inspires me to be late in posting. It may be because I tend to prep these episodes during hectic times of the week, which means its easier to miss something. I do my Corbett-877 prep over the weekends, so there’s always plenty of time. Likewise, I have the full week to get Interviewing Trey prepped, but poor Andi’s prepwork always feels rushed. That may be why I miss more typos on the reread, too. I’ll work on that, and beg your indulgence.

I actually go into detail on Andi’s appearance, down below. For the record, I use a face reference I culled from the Internet, to make sure my descriptions are consistent. I’d post it, but I haven’t paid the photographer for the picture, so actually posting it wouldn’t just be rude, it would be… well, wrong. I’ll see if I can get permission to link to the appropriate page, though. It’s a good picture.

As for this episode….

I think it’s safe to say this is a big one. Please enjoy!

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Corbett-877 #4

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Corbett-877

And we’re back with a whole new week, and with it a whole new episode of Corbett-877! So far, you guys seem to like the new story — which I suppose is now a month old, so maybe ‘new story’ isn’t quite accurate. Man, time goes quickly.

I’ve had a couple of folks ask if the Myths are coming back. Oh heavens yes — though they’re likely to be ‘open’ posts, done on Tuesdays or Thursdays when the spirit — or spirits — move me. I’ve got some other things that’ll likely be showing up on those days as well. Why? Because they can.

Beyond that… well, I hope everyone’s having a lovely day. Please enjoy!

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Lovelace 1/2 #10

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Lovelace 1/2

Wednesday means Lovelace 1/2, and this is no exception. I’m not sure what else to say about that. For those who haven’t seen, yet, you’ll notice brand spanking new Series navigation, including a specific series page for Lovelace 1/2 that even features first post to last post ordering. You have to admit — pretty swank.

Things are definitely moving. Where they go… well.

For the record, there may — may — be a moment of wish fulfillment in this episode.

I hope you enjoy Lovelace 1/2 #11

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Corbett-877 #3

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Corbett-877

Monday comes again, and brings with it episode three of Corbett-877. Rather than repeat the silly confusion I created with Lovelace 1/2, I’ll say that the ‘canonical’ pronunciation is Corbett Eight-Seventy-Seven, though if privately you want to pronounce it ‘Eight Seven Seven’ or ‘Eight Hundred and Seventy-Seven’ or something else… well, why would I mind? It’s your mind, man. Let it run free.

We’re only beginning to scratch the surface of Purgatory — the city and the ‘existence’ — as of this entry, but it fascinates me. While you don’t want to let world building run wild over your story, there’s a lot of little details that only begin to get covered here.

While we’re here, I should also mention that we have added some much requested functionality to Banter Latte. Over in the sidebar, you’ll notice a ‘series’ indicator now, with a list of running and completed series (not all the old stuff is there yet, but give it time). Now, when you click on a new entry, you’ll get a series box at the top of the post for easy navigation, and series specific ‘previous/next’ options at the bottom. When you click on the sidebar series link, you’ll also get a list of posts that read top to bottom instead of newest to oldest. It’s like it’s meant for fiction reading or something. You have Jim Zoetewey, author of the excellent Legion of Nothing stories, to thank for that kick in the behind.

Enjoy episode #3!

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Lovelace 1/2 #9

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Lovelace 1/2

There were server problems overnight, so final prep on this post was about a half-hour late. I’m not sure anyone cared (or even noticed) but me, but there we are anyway.

Nine parts into Lovelace 1/2. It’s kind of wild to me how quickly this is going — at least in one sense. Having a novel unfold at this pace is… well, interesting, for certain. In one sense, we’re in Part 9. In another sense, we’re almost finished the beginning, if that makes sense.

Either way, I hope you enjoy!

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Corbett-877 #2

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Corbett-877

Week two of Corbett-877. Last week went pretty well for a first post. I’m hoping today builds on that a little.

We’ll start to get more into the theme today — you may guess this isn’t exactly a two fisted adventure novel we’ve started. It is, as was implied, a Star Trek pastiche, though that’s really meant to more set the stage than anything else. The characters are meant to be themselves, and no one else.

So far, I quite like them — especially Captain Liam Corbett, our commanding officer. Which is good. As you’ll see today, we’ll be seeing quite a bit of him in this story.

Enjoy!

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