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bear by san

All these years and all I've learned is just how brilliantly I fail

Progress notes for 8 September 2005:

I am having massive line of direction problems today, and keep having to go back and put things in an appropriate sequence. Where did I leave my ability to construct a linear narrative, and where do you suppose I can go to see if anybody has turned it in?

Carnival

New Words: 1,610
Total Words: 80,425 / 95,750
Pages: 383
Reason for stopping: end of scene
Mammalian Assistance:  Marlowe is on my mousepad.
Stimulants: For some reason, I am drinking Irish breakfast tea with milk and sugar today. Who am I, and what have I done with Bear?
Exercise: none. Bad bear. I will get back on the stick when the draft is done.
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: Apparently better bondage equipment had arrived during the night.
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945;  Ladislas Farago, The Game of the Foxes; Leigh Richards, Califia's Daughters;
Mean things: Michelangelo found the plot.
Other writing-related work: line edits on "Long Cold Day" last night
Interesting tidbits: mabfan asked the editors: SO, what font do you really prefer?truepenny on the travails of a short fiction writer; scott_lynch, First Responder, on the random emergency response generator chart.

barbarienne on titling historical romances, which led me to comment on my hoary old theory of titling fantasy novels.

Pick two of the following words, and the article or conjunction of your choice:

Time
Blood
Sword
Dragon
Unicorn
King
Queen
Prince
Princess
Tower
Kingdom
Magic
Price
Dark/Darkness
Fire
Iron
Daughter
Son
Prophet
Wizard
War
Blade
Empire
Red
Gold
Silver
Black
White
Throne
Crown
Realm
Dead
Bone
Sorcerer
Arrow
Lord
Broken
Forgotten




...so sayeth the author of Blood & Iron :-P

Comments

losing things

Reminds me of one of my favorite Bloom County strips, where Milo goes to the Lost and Found looking for his youthful idealism.

Luckily, it's one of Berkley Breathed's favorite strips, too, so you can see it right here.
The point isn't to pour your story out in the proper order, but to make sure it is left in that order after the various rewrites.

Having reminded you of something I am sure you well know, yes, it is very frustrating to have a skill or ability desert you suddenly. I've found, though, that when my brain starts refusing to do things the way I think it should, it usually has a fairly good idea about the way *it* thinks things should go, if only I can listen to it for a while and get in a conversation. So, perhaps you're trying to tell you something.
So you're saying Inheritance is Right Out, except as a working title.

Darn.

---L.
sure you can't get a "Blood" in there somewhere?
If my fantasy goes anywhere, and they let me keep my title, I will use one word that isn't on your list. But it's a good fantasy word, imho, so I am bound to keep it.

There is a "Queen" in there as well. Partial credit??
Well, the list is decriptive, npot prescriptive. It can always expand....

(Anonymous)

Not much blood has been showing up -- it's not actly a thematic thing the way, say, honor is. There've been some scabs and bruises, but so far all but one of the fights have taken place off stage.

How about "Grief" -- can that be one of the words?

---L.
sure. And how about "Sorrow" and "Memory"? That gets us a bunch more titles... *g*
Inheritance of Grief it is. It even fits with the a Trickster prodding a few things along, as a disguise. Heh.

---L.
Yeah, what happened to the titles like The Pot Scrubber Who Watches Too Much TV?
Now I want to write a book called Sorceror and Bone.
Must remember this guide...if I'd seen it earlier, perhaps my 300 word short story would have ended up with a title shorter than 16 words!

Approximate quote: You don't learn how to write novels, you only learn how to write the novel you're working on.
Neil Gaiman quoting Gene Wolfe, I believe. *g*