November 19th, 2009
Yesterday, it was a Phrase Of The Day, and it was "You made your bed, now you have to sleep in it."
I dunno, I just work here.
Breakfast today is sesame steamed buns, and the tea today is coffee, which is technically a tisane. (Later there might be some Bush Tea.)
Today's mug: bats of the Northeast.
Books on the table are Kelly Gay's The Better Part of Darkness and The Ninth Daughter by Barbara Hamilton, a pseudonym for my beloved barbara_hambly (!!!!) featuring Abigail Adams as a detective.
As some of you know, I adore Abigail Adams so much that she's the lead character in the only real alternate history story I will ever write. (That other stuff is contrafactual history, which is easier and more fun. "The Ladies" is six pages long and took me six months to write, and I read the entire Adams-Jefferson letters to do it. In contrafactual history, I don't have to spend six days worrying about what to call a galvanized nail in a world with no Lord Galvan. I just make shit up that sounds good.)
I'm in chapter eleven, and so far I adore this book. *keens and rocks and clutches it close*
Today, probably between 12:15 and 12:30, I will be interviewed by Barna Donovan on WSPC radio out of St. Peter's College for the show Culture Wars. (!)
There appears to be a live feed on the website, if anybody wants to listen in....
In other news, I appear to have hit the portion of the draft that involves frowning at the pages a lot and waiting for the book's structure to reveal itself to me. Don't panic, this happens every time! Or many times, anyway--I write a hundred pages or so and then I have to stop and wait and stare mournfully at the book and play a lot of Bejeweled Twist until I figure out what the structure really is.
It usually involves a lot of re-arranging and writing new bits, when I figure it out.
Maybe I will watch Mythbusters and hope the solution to all my plot problems is in Kari's snark.
Something weird has happened, in that I appear to be writing an outline. I'm not sure I have actually outlined this extensively since By the Mountain Bound, which I pretty much knew scene-by-scene before I started writing it. This one, not so much detail, maybe, but it's starting to take shape in my head. I hope the weird POV thing I want to do works out--maybe I should write the backstory first, just to get that dispensed with, and then work on the front story.
Or maybe I will just keep writing it in totally random chunks, as I have been.
At least now I have a sort of a structure to plug those random chunks into.