June 18th, 2005

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Day Six:

I was wrong. The alien embryos have not in fact hatched, but merely relocated to my sinuses.

Drat. I was hoping the cats had gotten them.

It's quarter ro six. I am up, showered, and the dogs and cats are already seen to. I meant to sleep later than that, but I was drowning.

That's probably TMI, isn't it?
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My writerly mojo is strong.

Decided I needed to see how much room I really had to work with before I had to get ambitious with the editing, and I did the nasty old writer trick of going through, seeing which chapters ended at the top of a page, and judiciously pruning a little. Got back a thousand manuscript words that way, at a total cost of sixty-seven actual real words on the page.


So, new word meter thingy:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
149,250 / 160,000
I am stronger than the book!

Here's the TOC so far, for your amusement. (in format: CHAPTER NUMBER: Chapter Title (word count) MS pg #)

ONE: Fairytale of New York (3,821) 4

TWO: Whiskey, You're the Devil (2,393) 21

THREE: Seen the Lights go out on Broadway (4,378) 32

FOUR: This Free Will (4,297) 51

FIVE: The Ballad of Thomas the Rhymer. (5,005) 70

SIX: A New York Minute (4,879) 93

SEVEN: The Boston Rag (3,449) 115

EIGHT: If I Should Fall from Grace with God (3,416) 131

NINE: The Tower (5,312) 146

TEN: Madman Across the Water (3,771) 170

ELEVEN: Babylon (6,576) 187

TWELVE: Belfast to Boston (4,078) 217

THIRTEEN: Devil in Blue Jeans (4,255) 235

FOURTEEN: The Gypsy Laddie (Black-Jack Davy) (4,509) 254

FIFTEEN: I Guess the Lord Must be in New York City (5,447) 274

SIXTEEN: Chasing the Dragon (6,980) 298

SEVENTEEN: An Englishman in New York (5,831) 329

EIGHTEEN: Please Come to Boston (5,489) 355

NINETEEN: Everything Goes To Hell (6,169) 380

TWENTY: East Village Buffalo Poppy (10,705) 408

TWENTY-ONE: If It Be Your Will (4,011) 456

TWENTY-TWO: They Came To Boston (3,836) 474

TWENTY-THREE: King of New York (7,465) 491

TWENTY-FOUR: Dirty Water (4,127) 525

TWENTY-FIVE: Hoist That Rag (2,419) 543

TWENTY-SIX: The Arrangement (3,679) 554

TWENTY-SEVEN: New York City, King Size Rosewood Bed (6,067) 571

I am now commencing Chapter 28, "Why Did I Leave South Boston?" continuing the jaunting back-and-forth-to-Boston theme.

The last chapter is tentatively titled "Once Upon a Time In New York City." I'm not yet sure what will fit the pause points between here and there. Although "Whiskey in the Jar" looks likely as a possibility. And "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" and "Snowing in Brooklyn" are also pretty strong contenders. I'm sad that it looks like I won't get to use "Skinhead on the MBTA," but there have been no T scenes. Alas.

Excelsior! More weight! More weight! More tea! More tea!

Why, yes, I am a little manic.

P.S., send cabana boys.
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Progress notes for 18 June 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 1,989
Total Words: 136,367 / 151,500
Notecards eviscerated/added/remaining: 2 / 1 / 12
Pages: 606

I always forget that these later bits of plot sometimes only take a few paragraphs to manage, because they're not exposition or setup, but consequences.

I might just pull this off. Chapter 28 to complete the setup, Chapters 29 and 30 for the climax, Chapter 31 for the denoument.

*runs like mad to keep up with the wheel*

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
151,500 / 160,000
Reason for stopping: lunch plans
Mammalian Assistance: none
Stimulants: Um. Lots of tea. Lots.
Exercise: none
Mail: not sure, because the nomailman hasn't been here yet.
Today's words Word don't know: meerkat, spasmed, unshriven, unresonant, haloing
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Kristine Smith, Code of Conduct; Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945
Interesting research tidbits of the day: Albino raven; The Caduceus vs the Staff of Asclepius
Other writing-related work: slushed

In other news, stillsostrange and I think this would be a good name for a band: Crushed Velvet Elephant Seal. Which will actually make sense, kind of, when this book is published. *Hopes for Bunyip cover art.*

Yes, I have gone completely nuts. This often happens around this point of the book. It's safest just to control your children and move along.
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Bye bye chapter 28. 10 notecards left. Nothing to do but the climax and the denouement.

*tries not to dance too much just yet*
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