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Dec. 20th, 2010 11:05 pm
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Did 5 hours chargeable today which is a record! Longevity of session assisted by caffeine and lively debate on the scientific veracity of certain long-standing marketing claims. It's all in the delivery...
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It's several weeks since I've even looked at The Book, which I think is a not unreasonable response to the havoc my life has become. Read more... )
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Here, have some of my unworked NaNo crud. Not today's, but it hardly makes a difference. I apologise to the half a dozen people who might read this and suffer from its awfulness (you have been warned). And oops, sorry for bringing about the collapse of civilization and hastening the heat death of the universe with my hobby.

Please note that I am yet to sort out the minor issue of character names. In other sections I have dialogue with X, Y, and Z. Poor undifferentiated things (it's early in the piece and they are in fact not yet differentiated), but it keeps me moving along.

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NoNoWriMo

Nov. 5th, 2010 11:50 pm
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Not today, and certainly not now after I've taken the drugs I appear to have taken this evening. Read more... )
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Am very proud of the writing progress for today, for though I felt particularly unwilling I ended up with a fresh 700 words in the dreaded beginning bit. That almost qualifies as actual rather than token progress. Read more... )

Nanu nanu

Nov. 3rd, 2010 11:37 pm
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Fortunately for the purposes of NaNoWriMo I was struck by inspiration and did my writing session this morning, before breakfast. Before, indeed, checking my e-mail or opening the first web browser for the day. Not so much struck by inspiration as dragged by it to the laptop.

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Did my writing session today. A few hundred words of honest prose that one of my characters wrote for me to set up a scene. How kind of them. I think.

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Made a different kind of progress on The Book today, of the organisational variety. The wordcount possibly came out slightly ahead, but only because I added several heading topics for purely organisational purposes, and they will be removed in due course. A few notes were cut, having already been incorporated into the text. BTW A topic is the unit used in my software to describe a working chunk of text i.e. a text object.

The good news is that Writing Isn't Hard (at time of writing). It's fun. I have moved beyond the fear that everything I write must be immediately good. Placeholders, notes, sketches and ideas are just fine as measures of progress at this early stage of the game. Good solid chunky clever prose is not yet on the horizon.

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I've just drafted a couple of hundred words of The Book. They're quite important words in terms of establishing the context, but having written them I'm not sure I can live with myself. Fortunately there's not much more of this to come. Hopefully none at all, apart from tortuous rewrites and edits. I need a drink.

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The thought bubbled to the surface today that in The Book I have opportunities to be very clever, and subtle with it too. I hope I don't make a mess of those opportunities, but hopefully a good beta reader will help me out of any traps. It's quite simple really: I need situation X to mirror conversation Y, either in multiple instances, or over the course of two much larger narrative threads. But I don't want to do it so obviously that the reader will be able to draw immediate parallels between characters and situations. It will be more a case of political situations, problems and solutions being mirrored in completely different environments.

In other words, people are the same all over, even when they are not exactly human people.

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The Book

Oct. 22nd, 2010 03:20 pm
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It's been a while since I've been able to write anything, and it looks like it will be a while yet. I have managed to back-track and correct some early story notes, so that's progress of a sort. No actual prose has yet flowed, but I have not yet flirted with despair. And so, a sample of today's progress:

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Today was a good day for a few more story elements to come together in The Book. I wonder when it will become permissable to start calling it The Manuscript? 20K? Or the official transition from outlining to writing prose as intended for publication?

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I believe I have just managed to insert a space shuttle and a xeno-ecological survey team into The Book. We'll just see how that works out, eh?
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Ever worked with someone who thought they were god? Did they jealously defend some vital resource or obscure spreadsheet to make themselves indispensible? Were they, in short, a dick? If you've ever wanted to wring the neck of a prima donna colleague there are ways and ways of dispensing with their services. Unfortunately, you can't just dump them in the mud in an alternative fantasy dimension. What to do?

To discover my solution to this classic management problem (and to see what this passage looks like after it's been rewritten, repaced, proofed, edited, slaughtered, rewritten, and printed) you'll have to wait for publication. You'll also have to wait for another 87,000 or so words to go with the 13K I've got so far. Just kidding ;-)

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The kind of monster, I suspect, that never gets anything finished.

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Under stress, a water elemental may burst into tears. Then kill you. This is bad for both office morale and any electrical equipment in the vicinity. Read more... )
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Haven't felt quite up to writing the last day or two (and am certainly not up to sentence construction right now), but I find myself tapping out notes with one spookily-animated hand to the tune of about 6,800 of them. Not a short story then. Hopefully by the time I have the spoons to write the scenes in full my characters will have the decency to re-enact all the interesting things they've been doing today.

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A random quote:

"I am not," I said clearly into the waiting silence, "a bastard. I didn't have parents, and lacking the necessary existential qualifications they hardly had the opportunity to wed prior to my appearance."

I'm evil, but I'm not the most dreadful person in the office. Mr Jim from upper management* is developing nicely/horribly. This is somewhere between notes and a rough draft of dialogue, but hey, who's going to complain? My editor? Actually it just occurred to me today that Ellen Datlow is Natcon 50/36 GoH and if I get myself organised I might have something worth workshopping by then.

I'm starting to become quite fond of some of my Destiny Team members. Mr Jim is not one of those beings.

(*) I can see names are going to become a serious problem.

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For the purposes of discussion I've decided to refer to the Patience writing project as The Book. I fervently hope that it won't become a trilogy! It's too rambly to be a story, although bits of it are aligning with surprising neatness at this early stage of the game. It's definitely not a novel per se, because novels are for publishing in dead tree format, and I shudder to think what the cover artwork might look like. It's a fictional blog if anything. I just happen to have 20 or so entries going at once. Thank heavens for object-oriented authoring tools.

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I'm having ideas far faster than I can write them down. I know I said yesterday that I don't believe in wordcounts, but that was before I wrote a small (600 word) chunk of actual prose. It's irresistable.

I do like this idea of quickly transcribing dialogue as a way to capture a scene, and I'll copy in a chunk of today's after the cut (Why? Why not? You don't have to read it.). It (whatever it is) is definitely a work of fantasy. Or professional catharsis at any rate. This probably doesn't make much sense in its current form (unless you've ever had the pleasure of working with ISO:9001), but there may be more one day.

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