Monday, October 8, 20007

Monday, October 8, 2007
Waning Moon
Cloudy, hot, humid

Costume Imp comes back from London today, and I head back out to the suburbs.

I worked on Tracking Medusa. Justin and Gwen finally consummated their relationship. I realize The Big Sex Scene is now expected in almost any book – but this is more of a love scene then a sex scene, and a bit different than the formula. I like the way it played out – different than anything I’ve seen done. Less explicit, yet more intimate. And then I worked on the following chapter, where Justin keeps expecting “The relationship conversation” – only it never occurs to Gwen to have it! Chapter twenty is a sketch of what it should be, but I needed to get them from one place to another to get the next section of the book going, so I’ll expand it in the rewrite. Just over 4500 words today.

Spent the afternoon and evening watching some of my favorite movies. One of the best parts was to see a movie that was so important to me when it was released in the 1970s – and then I got to work, a few years ago, with one of the actors in it, on a Broadway show, and he’s even better, as an actor and a human being, than one could have hoped. It makes me enjoy the movie even more, and he’s one of the few actors who could call me and say, “Hey, I’m doing this little bitty project in Tiny City, USA, wanna come?” and I’d say sure, without needing any further information. There are only three people for whom I’d do that. He’s also someone who, when I first felt the pull to try to make the transition to full-time writing, encouraged me absolutely, and demonstrated complete belief in me. Someday, I’ll dedicate a book – or a series – to him!

I put up the first exercise for the workshop, and, once I post this, I’ll hop on the forum to respond to questions and samples posted in response. I’ll do a bit more work on Tracking Medusa. Then, I’ll straighten up one last time, haul my luggage to Grand Central (climbing over the Columbus Day Parade) and go home.

Joyce Carol Oates’s journal got a so-so review in the NYT Book Review. I disagree with it. It comes across as though, because she doesn’t dish or get nasty about people in her diary, the reviewer feels it’s not memorable. But passage after passage that dissect her process and the creative work are extremely memorable – yet the reviewer doesn’t get it. And, supposedly, he’s a writer with published work.

I’m a little disappointed in myself this past week. I thought I’d come up with answers to several things in my life. Instead, I’m still formulating the questions.



Tracking Medusa – 49,235 words out of est. 90,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
49 / 90
Published in: on October 8, 2007 at 7:46 am  Comments (4)  


  1. 4500 words? Is that normal daily quota for you? DAYUM, girl! 🙂

    And don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s your LIFE. You need to take your time on the important decisions sometimes, you know? Don’t rush yourself. Ultimately, you want to be happy and comfortable with the choices you’ve made.

  2. Have a good trip back. You’ve had a good break, you’ve done stuff you felt like doing, you’ve recharged, so don’t beat yourself up.

  3. Don’t be disappointed in yourself. It’s not always easy searching inside yourself for answers, there is a tendency to shy away from things that may be painful.
    Is it a bad thing, that I forgot today was Colombus Day? *g*

    Enjoy youself today!

  4. Um…4500 words? That is INCREDIBLE!

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