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Had a really good day today. Started with a trip into work and did 2 1/2 hours of the WIP plus a bit of planning and organisation for The Future. Felt very stiff and sore by the end of it, but pleased with progress.

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Started the day with an exciting development: had a shower, dried off and got completely dressed without having to negotiate for spoons! I just, like, DID it! Woo!

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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... )

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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About an hour ago I settled in to write a brief confession post that--despite my declaration of just yesterday that I would endeavour to make some kind of progress on The Book every day--I had failed to make any kind of progress on The Book today.

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In theory Nanowrimo should be a relatively easy prospect for me this year, as I have easily 50K or more words planned out and ready to go into The Book. With the basic story structure in place I'm no longer gripped by the fear of narrative drift, so even if I churn out bad words, they've a good chance of being relevant if not salvageable or inspiring.

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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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Progress

Oct. 1st, 2010 09:53 pm
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10,000 words. I just have to do that nine more times and I'm set. It's practically done. Do I get a cookie?
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It's occurred to me that posting random bits of The Book without explanatory notes may confuse the casual visitor. My own sense of reality is certainly under a bit of strain.

Indirect thanks to [livejournal.com profile] girliejones for reminding me of the fertile ground that is the passive-aggressive note in the office kitchenette. For example:

Please clean up after each of your kills. If we all do it after every disembowelling it doesn't become a big issue for one person to clean up every week.

I'm sure I've seen that somewhere on the terrace.
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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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