it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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irritability, anxiety, fear of crowds

Progress notes for 4 March 2008

Total Words: 

Shadow Unit:

New words last night: 370
Things Chaz/Hafidha ate, contemplated eating, or threatened to eat: Cake, coffee, fingers


New words last night: 688
New  words this morning: 438
Deadline: April 15
Mammalian assistance: The cat is mad at me for being out all day yesterday, and keeps walking up to me and sticking her claws in my leg. I respond by flicking her head. It's a skirmishing war.
Reason for stopping: Going to shower and get dressed for the gym, and then do Other Work until it's time to go.

Darling du jour: Silently, Jsutien held forth his hands.
Tyop du jour: n/a
Phrases I spent fifteen minutes trying to work out a way to avoid: I've just taken to highlighting the crappy sentences in green, as part of the New World Order/attempt to defeat the internal editor on the draft. I also have a lot of [remember to go back and establish this in chapter one] and blah blah blah [verb] blah blah. I will fix it later. This is just a draft. it can suck. It does not need to be perfect; it needs to be written.

And so on.

I'm attempting to re-institute a policy that served me well when I was writing Hammered, which was the last time I felt this fumbly about a book. (Hello, skill jump underway. At least, I hope that that's what this floundery feeling is a symptom of.) Which is to say, if I don't know what a scene is for, I sit the characters down and make them talk until they find it. Then I cut out all the stuff where they were staring at each other and twisting their hands.
There's always one more quirk in the character:  Jsutien is a thinky creature! think think. Think think.

Other writing-related work: Today I must: outline "Ballistic," so Em and Amanda and Sarah and I can write the fucking thing. I must also get through the next hundred pages of the All the Windwracked Stars CEM.
Books in progress: STILL reading the new Cook's Illustrated, and have two months of SciAm and SciAm Mind to get through. Which tells you how much reading I have been getting done. Maybe I will take it in the tub. Multitasking!
Exercise: walked about a half mile yesterday. Off to the gym at 1:00 or so.
Miles to Lothlorien: 259.7
Guitar practice: evynrude came over, and there was gitar
Mail: A check from Nature!

Today's words Word don't know:  ribsprung, unhunch, textureless,
Words I'm Surprised Word Do Know: n/a
Sustenance: coffee, bagel, meatball
Mean Things: guy who reminds you of your dead kid brother
The Internet is Full of Things: Usually, but perhaps not today
Tags: chill, progress notes, wtf
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