Progress notes for 7 May 2006:
New Words: 2070
Total Words: (actual wordcount / manuscript) 27,609 / 31,250
Deadline: August 1
Words per day to meet deadline: 842
Reason for stopping: sleepy. And okay, it's the middle of the scene, but it's a big deal scene and I might as well be awake to write it. Also, I did good today.
27,609 / 100,000
125 / 400
...so something tells me I was right about having started in the wrong spot.
Every so often, I stare naked into the cold face of my own hackdom.
Usually as I'm wrestling with some really recalcitrant sentence, and the devil on my right shoulder says, "You know, Bear. The number of genre readers who will care if all your sentences are pretty, who are equipped to notice second-order cliches even by the bucketload, is probably one percent of the readership. And the number of readers who care if your sentences are pretty and who are willing to lower themselves to read genre is probably another one percent. Just slap something on the page."
And then I think about it for a minute, and go back to wrestling with the damned sentence. Because I do it for the glamor. Ain't that right.
Stimulants: Darjeeling and popcorn and Laphroaig
Exercise: Four hours of digging holes, forking mulch, and occasionally sitting in upended wheelbarrows moaning about how much my back hurt.
Mail: SH contracts
Today's words Word don't know: balconied, escolar, pricker
Words I'm surprised Word do know: chordate
Mean Things: Andre just found out part of how screwed he is.
Tyop du jour: bandy snifter, wasting the aroma from the glass. (That's supposed to be "wafting"), pupped it into his mouth
Darling du jour: they weren't the sort to hang out in pool halls, Italian restaurants, or drinking establishments, adding a little stereotypical color to the place.
Books in progress: Wendy Moore, The Knife Man;
Interesting tidbit of the day: Methane dunes on Titan. Dude. Living in the future rocks so hard.
Other writing-related work: a big fat goose egg
But I'll push myself up through the dirt and shake my petals free
I'm resolved to being born and so resigned to bravery