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bear by san

March 2017



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bear by san

I don't want to work. I just want to bang on the drum all day.


Words today: 2558
Words total: 96799
Manuscript pages: 397 of 406
Reason for stopping: End of POV, just hit another reversal, and we're going to a friend's house for dinner at 8.
Stimulants: Rose congu, key lime yoghurt, graham crackers, Russian Caravan, grilled cheese, apples, Rainier cherries, cinnamon chewing gum
Mammalian assistance: Marlowe is the proverbial cat who is on the wrong side of any door. Even monkeycuddling did nothing to dissuade him. At long last, the door was simply left open, and now he's ignoring my existence
Notecards obliterated:Five (5). Nine to go.
Last exercise: Chairdancing a little. No pool today: my throat is sore and I'm way overtired and my shoulder hurts.

I'm a little worried that the big climactic fight scene is (a) silly or (b) anticlimactic, but enh. It's a draft. They call it a draft because it's full of holes.

I might finish this by the end of the week. Wooo me!

Books finished today: Conrad Shirokauer, A Brief History of Chinese Civilization (it was brief, what can I say?) :: Still reading: Jonathan D. Spence, The Search for Modern China, Elmore Leonard, Pagan Babies


Stop with the 'bang on the drum' reference, you! I can't even read that without singing it. Evil, evil...*mumble,mumble*

Books Finished

You're definitely not one of those people the NEA counts at reading risk. Damn girl, you kick ass. (Friction burn marks on your books, I expect.)

Re: Books Finished

No, seriously--it's brief. See below!
*nod* I skimmed a lot of the Schirokauer, honestly, because the Chinese history I'm actually using hasn't, um, happened yet and I'm reading for cultural flavor, etc--but the illustrations are great in that one, and I like the way he links eras in history rather than acting like bang one thing ends and there's a big black line and bang the next thing starts.
They call it a draft because it's full of holes.

I just typed that up and taped it to my monitor. It's right next to "A philosopher sees the earth as a large planet, traveling through the heavens, covered with fools" (Bernard de Fontenelle).

Good morning!
*g* Yeah, that's my current writing mantra, too. And frequently my AIM away message.
They call it a draft because it's full of holes.
A draft, as in drafty? *g* I never thought about it that way, but it makes wonderful sense. And realizing that makes it even easier to follow Neil Gaiman's advice to "make great mistakes." I guess that means re-writing is ... caulking those holes.

I also remind myself constantly that "A novel is a work of fiction longer than a short story, and flawed."

And "Fail. Try again. Fail better." And "It's better to get it wrong than not to get it written."

And so on. It's really all true.

Besides, thank Crom, this isn't a live art. There's time to go back and fix what was broke the first time through.