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Day two of SFRA survived. I read "Sounding," which seemed to go overwell, and Steve read a bit of the new Vlad book, which went over v. well. (No shock there.)

Man, the smoke out there from the wildfires is something fierce. Everything smells like burning wood, my hair sticks to my head after ten minutes outside, and the sunlight is orange. I'm sure this is helping clear up my cough. Uh huh.

Progress notes for 24 June 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 1,787
Total Words: 150,224 / 166,500
Notecards burninated/added/remaining: 1 / 0 / 5
Pages: 666

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
166,500 / 170,000
(97.0%)
I am so bored with this book. I need an amanuensis. I need a screwdriver to pry the last scene in this chapter out of my brain. I need a lightning bolt of inspiration to make this last damned fight scene interesting.

Are we there yet?

One more scene in ths chapter. And then the denouement. pushpushpushpushpush.

Reason for stopping: My brain jammed.
Mammalian Assistance: none
Stimulants: diet Coke, god help me.
Exercise: none
Mail: Edit letter
Today's words Word don't know: unmasterable, bedframe
Tyop du jour: grunt in paid
Darling du jour: I cannot write a word I do not hate today.
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Kristine Smith, Code of Conduct; Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945
Interesting research tidbits of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: read over the edit letter for Blood & Iron and tried not to panic too much. Fortunately, I've learned how to exposit better since I wrote this book. I'm printing out a hard copy now to start the re-editing process.

Comments

You will prevail.

Here. I maked you a poem.

I need a lightning bolt of inspiration.
A secretary, or a bigger hammer.
The smoke is in my hair. My brain is jammed.
I cannot find my can of Diet Coke,

A secretary, or a bigger hammer,
Especially if hammers take dictation.
I cannot find my can of Diet Coke.
A screwdriver, to pry the story out.

Especially if hammers take dictation
That's what I want. (Why is it always metal?)
A screwdriver, to pry the story out.
The dull persistence of a bucket loader.

That's what I want. (Why is it always metal?)
Today it's all dull ore. Are we there yet?
The dull persistence of a bucket loader.
The typoes are the only things that glitter.

Today it's all dull ore. Are we there yet?
My trusty cat is sleeping underfoot.
The typoes are the only things that glitter.
I cannot write a word I do not hate today.

My trusty cat is sleeping underfoot.
I need a lightning bolt of inspiration.
I cannot write a word I do not hate today.
The smoke is in my hair. My brain is jammed.

Re: Here. I maked you a poem.

That's brilliant. That was a call my wife over Asha you gotta read this! poem.

Re: Here. I maked you a poem.

...wow.

I am going to print that out and paste it to my forehead. Or at least the whiteboard over my desk.
I am so bored with this book. I need an amanuensis. I need a screwdriver to pry the last scene in this chapter out of my brain. I need a lightning bolt of inspiration to make this last damned fight scene interesting. Are we there yet?

God I hear you.

Are we there yet?

How about now????

*g*

Fires

A couple of decades ago I was on the Olympic Peninsula in an area where the loggers were burning enormous (2-3 x house sized) brush piles from their clear-cutting... The sky was a sick yellow-orange for miles. Paradoxically, the only adjective I could come up with for that look was "unearthly".

Re: Fires

Yeah, it's like that.

Boo, wildfire season
I've painted myself into this corner--or, more precisely, one of my characters painted me into it. And now I have to figure out how to rework my ending, because she won't take the inconvenient action back.
How much planning do you do before you start writing? How much do you know about the direction of the book before you start?
*g* That's not a question subject to easy discussion, I'm afraid, nor one I have time to tackle this month.
I quite underderstand! Hope you have time for a post on the topic sometime.

I did a lot of planning for Mysterious Paris, and now sometimes wonder if I did too much planning. OTOH, that's what it took for me to be able to finish the first draft in 30 days.... which is not something I accomplished on my other attempts (at other novels).