Friday, April 30, 2010
Cloudy and cool
They say it’ll be in the 80s all weekend, yet there’s still frost on the ground this morning. Go figure.
I took Valerian last night for the migraine/neck pain and slept in this morning. I’ll do my third run of the week tomorrow. I’ve still got some residual soreness, but, on the whole, I feel a bit better. I go to acupuncture next week, so she’ll fix me.
Yesterday was a long day. I took my mom to her meeting, which took 2 1/2 hours, but I think we’ve got things sorted, and we have the right people representing her to make sure this elder-abuse-by-corporation stops. Then, we had to drive up from the Bronx to South Salem to the vet to drop some more money on tests for Elsa. Hopefully, they will figure something out, because I’m getting a little impatient.
Too tired to cook, so tossed a pizza in the oven and vegged out in front of the TV. I’ve had trouble getting into FRINGE, but really enjoyed last night’s 40’s noir episode. Mixing the modern gadgets in with the 40s gave it the equivalent of “steampunk noir”, but I liked it.
I decided to expand the novella back into my original vision and, when it’s actually finished and polished, submit it elsewhere. I mean, I’ve been working on it off and on for about four months, I’ll send it elsewhere. I won’t be limited by the 30K word count (I think it’ll come in around 50 or 60), I can explore the characters and themes in more depth. I was trying to streamline everything to keep the action in under the word count, which meant I violated the integrity of the piece. That would have weakened it overall. Believe me, I respect guidelines. It is MY job to meet the guidelines, not their job to bend them to suit me. And, if the piece can’t be manhandled into fitting the guidelines, then it needs to go elsewhere.
In this draft, I’ll keep moving forward, without worrying about word count. I cut some characters early on. If it makes sense to re-integrate them in the second draft (especially some that bring comic relief), I will bring them back; if it suits the piece to keep them out, that’s what I’ll do. My goal, always, is to realize each character as vividly and memorably as possible, even if the character makes a brief appearance. The river rat snitch in the first chapter is one of the most fun characters, even though he’s only in that one scene. But, believe me, people will remember him!
The scene I wrote day-before-yesterday, the capture of our group of heroes by the villains, happened too quickly. In fact, the last few chapters happened to quickly, because I was worried about word count, and will have to be fleshed out a bit in the second draft. I also want to do some work on the first love scene between Annabeth and Dustin. I originally envisioned it as both comic an sexy, but because of word count and the target anthology, had to push the sexy and cut the comic, which dimmed the unique flavor of the scene. Now, I can put it all back.
See why I was struggling?
This morning, I will go back in and fix it, then really explore the villains’ lair. Since the whole next section of the book takes place there — only the final wrap-up chapter will take place back in DC — I have to really make sure the description, logic, and geography work.
Good think I bought all those book and maps about the development and building of DC!
On today’s agenda: Do at least 1K on the novella. Handicap and post tomorrow’s Derby card; work on ANGEL HUNT. I need to check the job listings — i’ve got to land some short turn-around, quick-pay jobs in the next few weeks. I’ve been focusing on long-term projects, and I need a quick infusion of cash, especially with Elsa’s medical bills mounting up.
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