Apologies all round
First, I really don’t have anything today.
Second, I said a while ago that I had got back to 2000 words/day, as long as they didn’t have to be good words. That failed as soon as I ran out of the plot in my head and had to stop and figure out what happens next. Because I know from experience that if I just write with no idea where I’m going, my characters will simply stand around exchanging witty (maybe) dialogue and doing nothing at all. Did I mention that I purely hate pantsing?
And finally, I think I owe an apology to the scriptwriters of Stargate: Atlantis for the extended rant on the show’s lack of explanium. See, I started watching this thing with no background other than the First Reader saying, “Hey, want to try another sf show after dinner?” So I kind of expected things to make sense from the beginning. Readers here pointed out to me that this was a sequel to a previous series which was itself a sequel to a movie. So it’s perfectly possible that there was any amount of handwavium and explanium that made the universality of English… well, at least marginally believable. (I still don’t get how the people from 10,000 years ago… oh, well.) Anyway, I’m enjoying the show much more now that I can tell myself, “There really is a logical explanation for all this, I just don’t know what it is.”
After all, I wouldn’t be happy if somebody reading, say, the 5th book of the Applied Technology series ripped it up and down for lack of explanation of some concept that I’d already beaten to death in the first four volumes.
It’s a general problem for series writers, isn’t it? How much background do you feed in to make the new book comprehensible, without boring to death those loyal readers who’ve been reading the series from the beginning?