August 28th, 2008

criminal minds prentiss deed's sake tenn

further displacement activity

truepenny: my next novel clearly will be Small Fluffy Cats With Entitlement Issues
matociquala: I hear those sell well.
truepenny: Yeah, I'm gonna sell out.
matociquala: Dunno. Sounds pretty true to your vision to me. Throw in a little buttsecks.
truepenny: And a kitten with a whip.
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via neutronjockey, a Scientific American article on how one builds expert skills.

That effortful practice thing? Works. Though it took me closer to 25 years than ten to get where I am as a writer, and I'm not sure I'd call myself a master yet. Maybe an advanced journeyman.

It's amazing how much "native talent" looks like sweat when you come right down to it.

Speaking of sweat, 1591 words on Shadow Unit stuff today, plus 98 words of flap copy for 7faS, and 864 words of Bone & Jewel Creatures. I have written the scene I was being a lazy dufus about last night, and it is a good scene, or at least I entertained myself writing it. Tomorrow, in between other errands, I shall hole up in a nice cafe and see how much of the remaining narrative I can chisel away at. Friday, I may declare a work day, of the sort that involves not really leaving the house. I always get a lot done on those; it's harder to maneuver writing around interruptions and outside demands.

Story, you're going down.
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Artisanry

So I'm up and showered and dressed and fed, and in a minute I'm going to go start a pot of tea. These allergies are killing me: my normal rising time is closer to 6:30-7 am, but today I dragged myself out of bed at 8 and frankly wasn't good for much after that.

Now I have two and a half hours to write before I have to go start my errands for the day (tonight is also Archery Nite, so I won't be home much before 9) and I'm sitting here staring at the next scene of Bone & Jewel Creatures, which is from the jackal-cub's POV, and I have no idea how to get into it. What I may do is go repot a couple of plants that need it pretty badly while I make that tea, and see if working with my hands jogs loose anything in my brain.

Too much stuff on the schedule this week; it's hard to work in the crevices. But working in the crevices is often what life demands of us. Tomorrow, though, I have no plans but a run, which means it's a Work Day all day. And though the weekend will be taken up by a birthday party on Saturday and a trip to Fall River for the monthly D&D game on Sunday, Monday is all mine. Next week, if I can resist the temptation to overschedule myself, looks pretty clear, and a lot of work might get done then.

This novella is cooperating, after a fashion, just slowly and with great deliberation. Which I suppose is all you can expect from a story in which the protagonist is in her 80s and one of the supporting characters is named Lazybones. We'll get there, we'll get there. Stories are long-term projects, after all. still, I'm looking forward to having a whole thing when I'm done, even if it's a whole thing in need of a certain amount of revision. Deliberation and choice are part of the craft, after all. Taking some time to do it right is why we call it craftsmanship.

And now it's six seven minutes later than it was when I started this entry, and I suppose I oughta go make some tea and see if I can figure out what the cub is thinking.
evile overbear

All the cool kids are doing it.

So the novella is being recalcitrant again, and today was a busy day in all sorts of not terribly productive ways (I shot really well, though, so that was nice. I think I've had a breakthrough; my archery has really imrpoved in the last six weeks or so. despite the two weeks in a row where we blew off archery. *g*).

So I thought I would steal back a meme truepenny recently borrowed, and offer to answer questions.

Comments are screened. I reserve the right to select which questions I answer. *g*
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[23:33] matociquala: You know, I should send the republicans a thank you note.
[23:33] leahbobet: mm?
[23:33] matociquala: Because I can safely ignore national politics until November.
[23:34] matociquala: They could catch Barack Obama naked in a wading pool full of Jello with a mule and Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, and I would still vote for him.
[23:34] leahbobet: ...
[23:34] matociquala: It's very freeing.
[23:34] katallen: ummm
[23:34] leahbobet: I would possibly vote for someone because of that.
[23:34] matociquala: hee
[23:34] leahbobet: 'cuz that's pretty awesome.
[23:34] matociquala: "Barack? Really? The dead commie?"
[23:34] stillsostrange: I wonder if mules like jello...