43+ Got a good deal of the fixes in for the story. I like it. A lot.
Archive for 2003
My last paper for school this semester is done. For good or ill, it’s emailed to my prof. I am free, free I tell you! Free to write fiction. Only, come to think of it, now I have to start polishing the paper I’m presenting in February. That should be fun, though. However, I will be able to wallow in fiction tomorrow with nary a thought of guilt or any pressure but writer’s angst. I think I mentioned that GML is a baadd boy. That’s good. And now he has a brother who’s good with a twist. I have to rewrite the whole front end, but that’s good. And that’s what I’m going to do right now. In a minute, because I just remembered that yesterday when I was engaging in avoidance behavior over my "pyrate" paper, I transferred my copy of The Spare into ARC format so I could send it off to a book store that expressed an interest in it, and so, of course, I read the whole thing. It’s not horrible, at all, but I wonder if it’s really romanc-y enough. Better written than Lord Ruin, I think, because I solved my POV issue in The Spare. Anyway, back to work.
Just an addendum to that last post. I sent off an email to Dorchester so, hopefully their answer is, "Gosh, you’re right, we’ll fix that!" and not, "That is Chapter 1." Also, I’ve been reading my Jan issue of RT and I really wish I hadn’t because now I realize that The Spare should be reviewed next month, and all I could do is panic. Erk.
40+. Seems to be going well. The usuual moments of despair. Was bopping about the web and saw that Dorchester has posted an excerpt of The Spare (Good, guess that means they really are going to publish it….) But the excerpt says "Chapter 1" and it’s actually Chapter 2. Naturally, this makes me panic. Calming breath. The reasonable thing to do is send a polite email asking to have the Chapter 1 changed to Chapter 2. Right? They couldn’t possibly have cut an entire chapter without telling me, could they? Argh!!!
39K. Have been swamped with school and life, plus I have another cold, but in between all this, I had some major ideas about the story and I have started those chapters. Plus, I am toying with this idea for a new approach which is just write the chapters I’m excited about and worry later about making everything fit and flow. Normally, I would agonize over how to adjust the rest of the story with the new chapters, but now, I’m just writing them and figuring that my subconcious is hard at work, plus there will eventually be some big signs pointing me in the right direction. Anyway, got a lot done today, just since 9pm.
Thanksgiving week provided some welcome downtime. I’d been feeling kind of discouraged about The List, kind of wallowing, but now, well, I am seeing my way through. I am reordering things, will be doing a paper read through just to see what comes of it (hopefully more than despair!) Anyway, the hero’s brother is turning out to be a bad guy and so is one of the main secondary characters, which offers some tantalizing turns for the story. It’s just that I feel the answer is lurking somewhere but I have too many assumptions about my story to follow where the characters/story are leading. On the plus side, however, PE and GML are still hot together. It’s Monday, my writing day, not being terribly efficient, plus I don’t want to go back to the day job tomorrow.
I have not worked on anything writing-related for a week. I had to go to a training in SFO for the day job, and even though I remember the numbing horror of commute traffic – I found that it was worse than my memory. Add to the wasted hours (even car pooling!) 7-8 hours of having my brain stuffed full of complicated information and the impending deadline of my huge school project, and well. . . Tired. Crabby. Tired. I thought a lot about PE and GML, but that’s all. But, the really icky part of my school project is over, and I have this week off.
Now I am feeling all out-of-sorts about my writing career – it doesn’t feel like I have one. Am feeling abandoned and ignored. sigh. I hope I perk up.
Well, I am at a point in the story where I have to do some serious brainstorming about exactly how the backstory works. or I’ll write a bunch of crap. I guess I said that last post, but, hey, it’s still true. Example: how does the bank plate end up with PE? Does someone hide it or has she stolen it somehow? Like that idea. Anyway, I wish this stuff would just come to me easier, but, sigh It doesn’t. I think, actually, I am closer to my plotting breakthrough than it feels right now. I didn’t get my writing Monday because of training for work. sigh But, I have all thanksgiving week off, and I can get some work done then, in between trying to finish for school.
I’m at 36K, but about to do a major re-order to add some additional plot and complexity and so I think I’ll end up losing the present chapter 1, which I will make up for with a bunch of new stuff, which I haven’t exactly worked out yet, so I can’t write it yet. But GML is going to have a brother and that brother is going to be involved in the counterfeiting I think. So, I need to go to bed and I need to notebook a lot.
About 33K for The List. I have reordered some chapters and figured out an additional element for the ending. Plus, GML has a brother and he was going to marry PE! Go figure. I never knew that. That’s why exercise is so good for you. Heh, heh. School is a bear, love it but a bear. Should be reading about pyrates right now, but – hey – I’m not.