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Progress notes for 16 May 2006:

All the Windwracked Stars.

145 words

Undertow

New Words: 1037
Total Words: (actual wordcount / manuscript) 41,137 / 45,750
Pages: 183
Deadline: August 1
Words per day to meet deadline: 764
Reason for stopping: bedtime and then some.

Well, THAT was a struggle. And I'm not at all happy with what I got, because it seems to be to be a bunch of muddy exposition that works out to the author thrashing about with the plot and losing two falls out of three. And I don't think the incredibly clever Dark Sekrit I came up with is presented very well. ("Let's reveal a big threat in internalized, secondhand narration, rather than showing any of it! Way to go, Bear!")

Alas, POV, structural, and space restrictions might prevent me from actually showing this stuff earlier, so that this functions as an explanation rather than exposition. (Explanations are usually more interesting than exposition, because by then the reader hopefully wants to know.)

...And now, in complaining about it, I just figured out how to both add an earlier scene I really needed, and address this issue, too. Go team me! Go team whiney!

But this scene, anyway, will do until I can come up with something better.

Shut up and soldier, soldier. You can always fix it after the book is done.


Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
41,137 / 100,000
(41.1%)



Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
183 / 400
(45.8%)



I'm writing like a bloody Brit tonight. 9 em dashes in four paragraphs. It looks like a fistfight in an Ian Banks novel in here.


Stimulants:  Blue Lady tea
Exercise:  None
Mail: I sold "Sonny Liston Takes The Fall" today, but I don't think I'm allowed to say to who or for what yet.
Today's words Word don't know:  n/a
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Mean Things: She got a shower. She should be happy.
Tyop du jour:  n/a
Darling du jour:  If she didn’t grease the rat's-nest up and comb through it before she washed, she'd set the salty tangles into Gordian knots, requiring the Alexandrian solution.
Books in progress: Wendy Moore, The Knife Man;
Interesting tidbit of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: n/a
The glamorous life of the writer: Day four of project empty-the-fridge-before-WisCon netted me a roasted beet, gorgonzola, and honey-roasted cashew salad in a pear-vinegar and walnut oil dressing.

It was incredibly good.
Tags: progress notes, undertow
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