April 20th, 2003

bear by san

White cheddar cheese-its, breakfast of champions.

Heh. Gotta hit the ski machine, I think. Hmm. Turns out I'm actually hungry, though. More cheese-its are tempting, but I suspect unhealthful in the long run. Maybe an orange.

~1600 words on Treachery last night, and two crits this morning. I've figured out the next two scenes of Scardown, and it seems that Jenny suddenly wants to narrate the whole book by herself. I will have to go back and layer some scenes with the supporting characters in here, I think. In the mean time, I shall run with it. The nice thing about this kind of kaleidoscopic POV is that you can always move stuff around to make it fit better. So if Jenny wants a whole chapter all to herself, more power to her.

Grr. Argh.
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    Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?
bear by san


Well, apparently I have determined that the way to get a book to crystallize and get moving again is to declare it hopelessly stuck and throw up my hands and go work on something more fun. ~4,100 words on Scardown today, bringing me to 197 pages, of which 195 are, in fact, congruent. I need to find some good character bits for a bunch of the secondary characters to get them a little more screen time, but what hey, draft. Hello, draft!

Got to write a scene today where I clobber the whole wide world with my symbolism stick. D.H. Lawrence, watch out!

Oh, and 199 words on Treachery, which seems to be getting mixed reviews from "this is very, very, very good" to some that are moderately happy to a couple that are like "eh, whatever." I like mixed reviews; mixed reviews are good. I've noticed that the stronger and more varied the response to anything, the better chance I have of selling it--and the better a writer I become, the more my response strays from "This is good" to more wildly varying opinions.

Odd, isn't it?

Viva la online crit group. They certainly have a wondrous way of making me realize where I tripped. Or where they tripped, which amount to the same thing.
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    Marilyn Manson - Suicide Is Painless