March 25th, 2008

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misery is the river of the world. everybody row.

So I'm up, I have finished the bread I started last night after climbing (I actually had a pretty good climbing night, for somebody who was damned sure she just wasn't up to it before she got to the gym. By finding a way to get more leverage, I got past a power move on one wall that has been defeating me, though I have yet to finish the route, but I guess I can say I'm sort of comforably 5.6 and working on 5.7s now, which is actually progress even though it really still feels like I am the worst climber at the gym.) and am waiting for the last rise, I have read the final draft of "A Handful of Dust" (and aren't you jealous?) and I am now drinking coffee and staring at Chill while trying to figure out what the hell they're going to do with this mammoth.

Got past the maneating plants last night--an extra five hundred words before bed, huzzah!--and today the Presumptuous Cat and I get to sit in the big worky chair with the heating pad (windows open and a sunbeam for each of us), eat pears and carrots and ham and cheese sandwiches, and try to reach page 200.

If only I could find some focus and alertness. Perhaps if I promise myself a nice long walk if I make wordcount, that would help me get some traction, because it promises to be lovely outside today. (Dear Bear: The sooner you stop faffing about and write, the sooner it's over for the day. Yes, I know it's the middle of the book. It doesn't get any less middly for wishing it didn't exist.)

Caught myself thinking last night that I wished it was October, and this book was written and revised, and so were the other things I need to write in the next couple of months, and the convention season was over with. Also, I will be a better climber and guitar player by then, which are things I am looking forward to. As I am at the point in both where I am not quite a complete rank beginner anymore, but I am also not in any way, shape, or form, any good at all.

But that's okay. I don't have to be good at them. I have to be good at writing. All this other stuff is fun, and I do not have to be type-A about it, right?

...I still wish I was better. (Maybe having gotten just a little better at archery is making me greedy?)

Tomorrow, I get to pick up a new batch of contact lenses, and then I will be able to see clearly again. Maybe I'll get the nosepiece on my glasses fixed while I'm there.

Ahh, the glamorous life of the midlist hack.

Here. In far more interesting comment, have a couple of peregrine falcon webcams. Hartford's pair has not come back yet this year, but via tammy212, the birds in Harrisonburg, PA, have two eggs in the nest...
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he plays piano with fistfulls of broken belvedere crystals

2001: Scientists think there is just a one in 20 chance that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) will collapse in the next 200 years.

2008: Satellite images show the runaway disintegration of a 220-square-mile chunk in western Antarctica.

Were we using that for anything? Well, sorta.

[12:30] tanaise: Did you see that Prince Caspian is coming out soon?
[12:30] stillsostrange: I did!
[12:30] tanaise: (my second least favorite of the books, of course,)
[12:30] stillsostrange: I love PC
[12:31] stillsostrange: Not as much as Dawn Treader, but enough
[12:31] matociquala: Dawn Treader and The Silver Chair are my true loves.
[12:31] matociquala: I actually no longer have Dawn Treader
[12:31] matociquala: I had the box set and I read that one until it fell apart.
[12:32] stillsostrange: They should get Tilda to be the lady in the Green Kirtle too
[12:32] matociquala: mmmmmmmmmm
[12:32] matociquala: Yes.
[12:32] matociquala: I am ALL ABOUT Reepicheep.
[12:33] stillsostrange: He is the best mouse
[12:33] matociquala: (Sweet! Sweet!)
[12:33] tanaise: Maybe they'll get Rizzo to play him.
[12:33] matociquala: heeee
[12:33] stillsostrange: the words "gay and martial mouse" aren't written often enough
[12:33] matociquala: Rizzo needs the work.
[12:33] matociquala: LOL
[12:33] tanaise: Amanda, whose fault is it, then?
[12:33] matociquala: Okay, so blogging this.

Here, have some pictures of a blue-eyed tobiano Gypsy Vanner stallion who looks remarkably like Whiskey. (Yes, the website design is terrible, but the ponies are pretty.) Hmm. Need movie deal, so I can afford a horse property, so I can have a pair of ponies.
sf farscape d'argo's your daddy

i hung up and i fell back to sleep

Progress notes for 25 March 2008

I despair of this book. It has no plot, no character arcs, and not even a ghost of thematic resonance. I think part of the problem is that I have no idea what its argument is, and so I am just writing stuff and hoping my right brain knows what the fuck it's doing, because it's sure as hell not telling the left brain.

I just keep reminding myself, I didn't know what One-Eyed Jack & The Suicide King was about until the third draft, and that came out okay.

Oh book, what are you about?


Stupid book. Why can't you be more like your brother?


New words: 2362
Microsoft wordcount: 42563
Manuscript wordcount: 50,000 
Deadline: May 1
Mammalian assistance: Mostly, these days, I work with a cat curled up against my thigh. Or draped over it. This suits us both, mostly. Except when I want to work on the desktop, and she pitches a fit. 
Reason for stopping: 13 hours is enough work for one day

Darling du jour: The mammoth was still screaming.
Tyop du jour: gradonflies
Jury-rigging: What the hell am I doing with this mammoth? Oh, look, a cobra!

Today's words Word don't know:  bioweapon, handsfuls, vambrace, debriding, coatsleeve, planetside, terraforming,
Words I'm Surprised Word Do Know: cambric
Sustenance: English muffins, nachos, lots of water
Other writing-related work: read Will's SU story.

Exercise: Climbing yesterday. Burned out on two 5.7s (One of which I have done before, but hey) and sent three 5.6s.
Miles to Lothlorien: 245.2
Guitar practice: cursory, but we made the attempt
Mail: I hear a rumor that the ARCs for Ink & Steel are out, though I have not yet seen one myself.