it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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Neil Gaiman's speech at the Harveys is well worth reading. I love what he has to say about failure, and about the importance of making good art.

Words so far today: 2055
Words total: 64755
Manuscript pages: 267 of 273
Reason for stopping: Have to call various boys, including mine. Also, end of scene, and I haven't eaten anything yet today.
Stimulants: Tazo wild sweet orange tea
Mammalian assistance: Signy kicked me out of bed at 5:45 because she couldn't be bothered to go outside when I let the big dog out at midnight. Mebd is currently chattering at me and blocking my light.

And the whole plot just came together in eight pages. That was... weird. I had no idea what I was doing when I introduced this character, except that I needed a person in this particular job because it made sense that she would exist and be involved, and suddenly the whole book is hanging off her choices. And it works, I think.

Someday I will understand the way my brain works. Um. Actually, I'm not so sure I want to.

Reasons why science fiction is fun: I've just written a paragraph that will probably have Red Sox fans the world over hunting me through the street with pitchforks and torches and Frankenstein rakes. And it amused the hell out of me to do so.
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