May 2007


The Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading went well. I read seven
minutes of “The Last Wasicu.” I expected to be more nervous, but it was
oddly non-terrifying. I guess all the high school drama club paid
off.

I’m writing this at Jay Lake’s party, off on a couch in the corner,
because I’m a dork. It’s very loud and crowded, but the people-watching
is first rate. Jen just came over to ask if I’m okay. Yes, I’m just
Jonesin’ for the Tubes. And tired. Debian’s WPA supplicant doesn’t
seem to love unsecured networks, so I had to use Puppy instead.

The best party I’ve been to tonight was the haiku earring party.
Haikus for earrings! I gave permission to reprint, so my haiku may pop
up again some day.

More later, when I’m more awake.

The first rule about kitty fight club? Is you don’t talk about kitty fight club!

If it's your first time at Kitty Fight Club...

If I look back over the stories I think have been the most successful and easiest to write, they have something in common. A sense of structure. Even before I wrote the first word I had some idea of the story’s structure.
It’s a lot easier to write that way than to come in later and add structure so something vague and nebulous and fuzzy. (The hurricane story, alas.)
The easiest, in a sense, was “The Last Wasicu.” I spent time before writing asking myself, “What kind of story can I tell with this premise? Who should the story be about?” Things like that. I think “The Last Wasicu” benefitted from NaNoWriMo, where I tried to plan, too.
Of course, the actual outlining thing didn’t work very well, in the sense of estimating how much space everything should take. I kind of blew through the outline in the first 10,000 words. But it had enough structure that I was good for the rest of the novel.
The hurricane story was started long before NaNoWriMo, and I just started writing and ended up where I ended up. That’s interesting and satisfying during the drafting, but it’s hell when I go to edit. On the other hand, having a vague structure in mind doesn’t preclude surprising myself, which is fun!
So, note to self. No more pantsing without a structure.

Because Brian double-triple-dog-cat dared me.

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I have bronchitis and have for two weeks, so in lieu of actual content, you get linky goodness.
Max Adams is reading for the Nicholl again. She has advice from the trenches that should be obvious (but obviously isn’t) on brads, humor, and action.
Also, Script Frenzy is coming up and I need a script idea. Winging it is part of the fun of NaNoWriMo, but I don’t want to sit down and stare blankly at my computer and finally write 20,000 words of “Kitty Legal,” the cat-based Boston Legal parody. ;)