November 2007


Pity me, for I am a World of Warcrack widow.

Amount of actual words on paper I’m getting down: Almost none.
Amount of figuring out what this story needs to work: Ginormous.
That’s not what I sat down to do tonight, but I’ll take it. I’ll definitely take it.

Dear Jerk in the Red Pickup,
I admit it. I’m unsettled. Not so much by the fact that you tailgated us for over five miles, but that you did so ranting and huddling up in the corner of the cab with your fist over your forehead, hunching and swaying. If you really wanted around us there were two open lanes to your right. Since you didn’t pass us, I can only assume that on some level you enjoyed being oppressed by our driving the speed limit.
I think it’s time for new meds. Seriously.
By the way, I had my cellphone out to take pictures if you followed us to our destination, intending to spash them all over flickr to be used as evidence against you, if necessary. So I’m glad you didn’t go there, for both our sakes.
No Love,
Me

The hurricane story is a short story, not a novel. Scenes that aren’t about the sisters probably need to go.
*wibbles lower lip, throws some cut scenes into a separate file*
Highest word count: 11,000 words. Current word count: 6348 words. Ouch!

What I did for Thanksgiving:

  • Tofurkey with brother-in-common-law et al.
  • Alice’s Restaurant.
  • Addams Family Values, with cheering during Wednesday’s speech.
  • Too. Much. Food!

Roll me to the car, I’m done!

Happy “The Indians bailed the settlers’ asses out, and all they got was this lousy smallpox!” day.
I don’t really hate Thanksgiving, even though I sometimes feel like I should. I mean, it’s basically a holiday to celebrate gluttony. Just don’t get me started on Columbus Day.
Excuse me, but I have to go perform the most important Thanksgiving tradition–listen to Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant.”

Yeah, I couldn’t resist Scalzi’s LOLCreashun contest.
MY FRATRICIDE
Invisible Logic

I generally think of myself as bad at plot. Maybe I think this because I sometimes end up writing a first draft in which I follow a character around a setting and nothing happens to him or her. (This is generally what’s wrong with the hurricane story, by the way–I followed Chinequa around for 10,000 words, and lots of stuff happened, but there wasn’t really, you know, plot.) That happens sometimes when you’re a pantser, and apparently I think with my fingers sometimes–sometimes I just need to follow a character around and type.
I feel like I made a lot of plotty breakthroughs in my Outline of d00m. I still don’t have anything really resembling an ending, but, you know. I have time to come up with wacky things like endings, especially since I now have what I think are fairly logical, interesting, and conflicty beginning and middle.
Wow. I may actually push this novel out of the ditch by the side of the road yet.

Check it out! It’s a teeny tiny laptop that runs linux. I could even carry it in my purse if I bought a bigger purse. I fondled one at the store today. People kept asking me if I needed help. No! Go away or I will replace you with a very small shell script!
I could probably even install subversion on it. I could also upgrade the RAM, but if I did I would need to buy this shirt to go with it.
I have a perfectly good laptop, by the way. This one is just cool.

My outline for the novel codenamed Lizardfic is currently 5008 words. That’s longer than most of my short stories. This is more outlining than I’ve ever done for any project, ever. On the other hand, stalled novel, yo. Horrible feeling. Must unstall novel. I’m probably going to outline even more, until I am half-mad with outlining. It’s not that I don’t like writing from an outline, it’s that I really suck at outlining. Hopefully, this will help.

In other news, if you’ve heard Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit is an excellent book, you heard right. I’m already a Twyla Tharp fan–my sister is a dancer–and she has a lot of advice for creative people of any discipline. It’s very applicable to writers. If you don’t want to buy it, go to your local public library or bookstore and fondle it. Trust me. I’ve been reading slowly through it, and finished it today.

I’m not sure if Thomas A. Limoncelli’s Time Management for System Administrators is as applicable to writers, but it is applicable to people with day jobs (especially scary devil monastery day jobs) who want to have time to write, so there you go.

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