October 14th, 2003

bear by san


Finished a draft of the leatherman story this morning, about 3K total and about 2.5K today.

I hate it.

This seems to happen more and more with me with short stories lately: I finish them, and they instantly become awful. This one actually became awful before I had finished it. But it's finished. I even think it works, in that it's a story with arc and resolution and all that stuff. I just hate it. I dunno. It's all obvious and stuff, and I'm deeply disappointed in it for not being as cool as it was in my head.

Then again, maybe my stuff needs to be more obvious to sell. Eh. I'll get back to you on how it is when I don't hate it as much.

Meanwhile, rough draft of the YA thing is done, and I don't hate that at all. So that's something. And I got about 650 words on SM, which will probably wind up being discarded, along with the 1750 I got yesterday.

I think I'm having an I Quit week. *g* Or possibly the suckmonkey is just working overtime today.
  • Current Music
    Janis Ian - Insanity Comes Quietly To The Structured Mind
bear by san

Went for a walk.

I just got back from a walk, and through the magic of walks and talking to the boy, I think I know why I'm stuck on SM. I think I didn't fast forward far enough.

And with some help from truepenny, katallen, and some OWW critters, I think I know what's wrong with the leatherman story, and how to fix it. I just hate it too much to work on it now, so it can bloody well sit on the workshop for a week and I'll deal with it later.. *g*

Now I need to go poke the novel.
  • Current Music
    The Eagles - Hotel California
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And I was right. I figured out what I was doing wrong on the beginning of Act V: Starting too early, for one thing, and in the wrong POV. I needed another Chatty Epistle With Which To Dispense With 1603.

Bye bye, 1603. Write if you get work.

1,445 words on The Stratford Man tonight.
Reason for stopping: was not prepared to continue.

Besides, I promised a friend I'd write her a smutty cutscene. *g*
  • Current Music
    Christy Moore - Back home in Derry