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March 2017



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are you made of calcium or are you carbon-based?

1802 words on Bone & Jewel Creatures today, to bring the manuscript to 13,258. All of it plot, too, with a little bit of setting. This will need more setting on the revision, I can tell, but right now I am just trying to make myself get it done and stop spending five minutes twiddling every damned sentence I write.

Some of that was this morning, between 4:30 and 9:00 am (I got up early, because the smoke alarm in the hallway was malfunctioning again) and some of it was this evening between 5 and 8 pm, after I got back from Christmas dinner at my mom's place.

Anyway, I got to quota and the end of a scene (I like to end at the end of scenes, when it's possible, which is just another way in which I ignore all that helpful writing advice what helpful people give, because I hate stopping when I have bits and bobs of things to write floating in my head.) and I'm calling it a night and thinking about getting a sandwich.

I have a problem now, because very very soon I am really going to have to figure out this villain's motivation. Maybe if I get too stuck, I can take a day off and revise "King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree," because I think after much thrashing and pondering, I know how to get the last bits of suck out of it now, and I really should send the dratted thing to ellen_datlow before the moon freezes.

Or maybe I can be an extra-good writer, get my wordcount tomorrow morning, if I get up early, and then after gym and lunch I can do the revising. That would be a very productive Bear, that would.


pnh & tnh have your plot problems solved!

I personally think the evil villain's motivation is to keep the secrit projekt from the hands of neutron. So mote it be.
Shockingly enough, I've seen that list before.
I would have been more bandersnatched by my jib jubs if you would have said to have never seen it, ever.
(for the snark was a boojum, you see.)
(if only we could have gotten Dr. Seuss and Carol together for a collaboration :D)
Sammiches are good; I'm about to make some teeny ones from banana bread and cream cheese and have them with hot tea.

However, there are no spare motives lying around the house; it's all I go do to get motivated myself without having to ginger up random villains. Good luck with yours, and Happy Boxing Day* tomorrow.

*Possibly with Bert Sugar on top, depending on what the ESPN Classic schedule for tomorrow is.

How about St. Stephen's Day? We could have murders....
Or get stoned--just so long as we don't let anyone named Paul watch our coats.

But if we must have murders, let's not do them in the cathedral--I don't want to spend the rest of my life having the wind in my face. Hard on the complexion, and all that.
Benedick wears bunny slippers!?! Ok, they're black bunny slippers, but still.

MKK--yes I am about halway through Dust
Are YOU gonna tell him he can't?
Well, no. It seems a bit out of keeping with what we know of his character so far. Which isn't much, but bunny slippers? I'm just sayin'

You mean two teenage girls might fail to take the complexities of any adult they encounter in stride?

Say it ain't so.
Snort. Giggle. Yeah, ok, point. You know, I have no trouble thinking of Rien as teenage (how is that meant to be pronounced anyhow, Rien I mean) Perceval seems very unteenlike. Which would be the difference in nurture, eh?

I think so. Perceval was raised and educated to think of herself as a squire, and then a knight. She's been carrying adult responsibility for years.

OTOH, she's still, you know, sixteen. And sometimes she does act it.