January 20th, 2007

writing headbang

shall be lifted, nevermore

Progress notes for 20 January 2007


New Words:  2356
Total Words: 32837
Words for the Year: 34330
Pages: 160
Deadline: Sometime in June or July, I'm guessing
Reason for stopping: quota

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32,837 / 110,000

Stimulants:  coffee
Exercise: 4.6 miles yesterday, ski machine and errands, which puts me at Stock Road. If I walk 3.5 miles today, I will be at the first night campsite.
Songs mutilated: the usual suspects. it's almost like playing music.
Mammalian assistance: Mebd would like her breakfast, please. Although this sunbeam will do until then.
Mail: nomail

Today's words Word don't know:  stageplay, pocketwatch, entertainments, salats, backslope, butterknife, autodocs, cryo, spiderweb, Apollonian, Dionysian, jessed, querent, houndlike,
Words I'm surprised Word do know: weskit
Darling du Jour: I love this entire scene with an unreasonable loff.
Mean Things: portents of dooom, snark
Tyop du Jour: wreathed in blame (man, I need to find someplace to use that.)
Jury-rigging: an entire Tarot reading that refused to be written in a linear fashion

There's always one more quirk in the character: Dust and Samael are really too entertaining when they get together.
Other writing-related work: advertising liaison stuff.
Books in progress: Phyllis Ann Karr, The Arthurian Companion; Gustav Davidson, A Dictionary of Angels including the fallen angels; J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring; Martin Cruz Smith, Canticle for a Gypsy
The Internet is full of Things: Rock and Roll Poe. Listen to the audio file. I should not have to suffer alone.
The glamour!: It's time to take the garbage out again! Also, I suffered through PotC:2 last night. My god what a terrible movie.

bear by san

op. cit.

If you are interested (and if you read this blog,I suspect you are interested) Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer are running a 2007 one-year online workshop on techniques for writing commercial fiction.

Some of what they're saying is very basic--they're staring from the bottom--and I disgree with a bunch of it, of course, because that's what writers do.

They're using a confrontational and argumentative style I like a lot. Which is to say, they disagree on just about everything.

Now that's the way to run a workshop.

I particularly like Crusie's "WILDLY ROMANTIC" motto. Mine, for dust, is that my stock answer whenever I cringe and say "Is this over the top?!" has to be HELL NO. There is no over the top. There is only the cloudy peak of Everest sailing by beneath. Bring in the cool stuff in BUCKETS and to hell with logic or moderation or restraint. Because this book is FULL OF AWESOME. And that is that.