Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Yesterday was a good writing day. I got a lot done, especially in the morning, which is my best writing time.

I wrote two chapters on Tracking Medusa – it’s going in the right direction and is an awful lot of fun. I figured out some bits that were vague a few chapters back, and have to go in and clarify them. But it’s moving forward nicely, and having a strong outline helps. I do deviate from the outline occasionally, but it gives me a roadmap and I can chose when to take an exit, and when to come back. They’re spending more time in Edinburgh than I originally planned, and I have to dig up street maps, my old diaries, photos, etc. to get the geography right. And I’m setting something in Ayrshire in a section I don’t know all that well, so it will mean more research. I wish I could just hop a plane to Scotland, but until the move is handled, I’m stuck here.

I had a nice morning’s work on Good Names, too. The new governess has been hired, and things are moving forward in the murder investigation, and Althea is discovering who are real friends and who are fair weather friends.

I’m going to try to get some more writing done this morning, and then I have plans for the rest of the day, which will be fun.

I spent most of the afternoon and evening yesterday reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It’s early enough so I don’t want to go into detail and spoil it for people – I’ll give a detailed write-up of my opinions in a week or two. There were a couple of things with which I strongly disagreed, especially where I felt one of my favorite characters was marginalized. There also felt like there were some arbitrary cuts which caused lapses of logic – I went back and re-read certain sections, shaking my head, because I felt there were other places where cuts could have been made that wouldn’t have jolted the narrative. But I really liked most of it, loved some of it, and was relieved that some of my least favorite speculations were wrong, but that some of what I hoped would happen did happen.

As a writer and reader, isn’t it wonderful that these books have had such an enormous impact? That a BOOK gets so much attention, and people line up at midnight to buy millions of copies? Rowling has given us a wonderful gift, by sharing her imagination with us for ten years, letting us share her world. She’s earned every bit of her success, and I’m excited to read anything she writes in any genre. Of course, there’s a part of me that wants to know about the next generation at Hogwarts, but I completely respect her decision that this is it.

As a writer, it’s also a lesson in what good outlining and planning can do for a series. I’m sure she found places to deviate/expand/contract on her original outline while still staying true to her overall vision, but if you break down the structure of all seven books, it’s quite a lesson in plot, character, and thematic development.

Off to do some more writing, and then – playtime!


Good Names – 41,257 words out of est. 100,000

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41 / 100

Tracking Medusa – 30,562 words out of est. 90,000

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30 / 90
Published in: on July 22, 2007 at 7:43 am  Comments (8)  


  1. Congratulations on your writing successes.


  2. Hooray for a great writing day! 🙂

    I’d dearly love to come up with a concept as well loved as J. K. Rowling’s. Okay, I’ll be honest I mostly want to make her kind of money. *g*

  3. Wow, you’re rockin’ and rollin’ with your writing — that’s great!

  4. Do you think if she were to write another book, or series, it would be as well received? Great going on the articles and Good Names AND Tracking Medusa. I am in awe of your ability to to so much.
    I hope you are able to rest today!

  5. I feel the same way about J.K. Rowling. I love the world she’s created, and the realistic history and minutiae inside it. And her characters are so strong, they stand alongside any great fiction.

    I’m always impressed by how you keep going when you’re having a migraine. I’ve noticed you’re often having one when I am, too (I’m on the eastern seaboard.) As much as I soldier on, this weekend was a complete write off. Hats off to you.

  6. Totally agree about how fabulous it is that a BOOK has received such attention — it’s the sort of stuff usually reserved for royal weddings. Looking forward to your review.

    UGH, hang in there, re the migraines.

  7. My best friend and I were at the “Countdown to Harry Potter” on Friday night and we kept goggling over the fact that all the teenagers and kids running around, and events and packed attendance was for a book. Not a movie premiere or an unveiled iphone or a video game, but the line was a half a mile long for a pre-ordered book.

    It warms the heart.

    I loved the book and I’m going to be posting a password-protected post about it, but I did want to say here that I thought that the editors may have been a little overzelous in making sure it didn’t drag. I, too, got the feeling that there were plot points missing due to an enthusastic chop.

    Of course, as someone who doesn’t want this one to be the last, I do wish it had erred on the side of to much information rather than too little, but I admire the determination not to let the fame and fortune let the author get all drunk on power and blather on for ages.

  8. It’s nice to see someone not simply fawning over these books, Devon. I’m looking forward to reading your review!

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