Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sunday, December 02, 2007
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
First of Advent
Snowing

It’s snowing! Everything looks absolutely gorgeous!

Yesterday, I was felled by a migraine. Part of it was migraine, part was pre-storm headache. The pre-storm headache let up as soon as it began to storm, but the migraine is down to feeling like someone is stabbing me in the left eye with an ice pick.

Went grocery shopping in anticipation of the storm yesterday. Ran some errands for my friend who’s recovering from surgery, and cooked some meals for her. Brought them over. She can heat them up whenever she wants. I’d made my famous Shepard’s pie using chicken instead of beef or lamb, and that always goes over well. Today, I’ll make beef stroganoff, which I always think is a lovely meal to have on a snowy day.

Did a bit of reading and work on Confidential Job #1, but wasn’t very productive.

Had trouble focusing on yoga this morning.

Had a great morning’s work on Earth Bride. 2,294 words, all of Chapter Thirty Two. This book is going to sprawl well beyond 100K, and I’ll have to cut it somewhere in the edits. For now, I need it all. It’s my epic – we all have one epic inside us, and this one’s mine. I love this piece, and I think about it constantly.

Part of me wants to push to finish it, but I’ve got to get that paranormal novella done. Of course, I did zero work on it yesterday and still can’t decide which one to do. I have to do something on it today or I’ll be so far behind I can’t possibly catch up.

I’m also starting the edits of Tracking Medusa. I broke one of my own rules and fed chapters to a trusted friend and reader during this first draft (we were swapping chapters for awhile while she was on deadline). I’m going to print out all her notes and read them over, too, before I start. But the one thing I realized, going over the material, is that I didn’t figure out enough the story within the story. I focused on the relationship between Gwen and Justin, how she learns to trust him and how her respect for him and his abilities gives him more self confidence and self-respect. The part of the caper in the present is a lot of fun, and most of it works pretty well. But what they’re actually researching/investigating/uncovering is weak. I have to go back and write out that story for myself, and then decide how much of it to use and where to insert it. Since so much revolves around Harold Custis’s diary of his discovery of The Medusa (which is a statue), I’m also considering opening each chapter with a diary entry. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m hesitant to do so because sometimes it comes across as to “precious”, but at the same time, it might give a stronger sense of what happened 85 years ago or whenever – see, I also have to decide WHEN the original archaeological expedition happened. Strengthening that internal structure will help with everything else.

As usual, the character interaction is fairly strong – although there are some scenes that need to be deepened between Gwen and Justin. But there are plot holes that need to be filled.

I’m going to try my new snow boots and stomp through the snow to get the Sunday paper. And then, it’s back to work.

Devon

Earth Bride – 87,260 words out of est. 100,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
87 / 100
(87.0%)
Published in: on December 2, 2007 at 9:24 am  Comments (11)  

11 Comments

  1. You have SNOW? I am soooo JEALOUS. Mind you, we had such a nasty hailstorm last night by the time it had finished it looked white enough for snow.

  2. […] Sunday, December 2, 2007 Sunday, December 02, 2007 Waning Moon Mars Retrograde First of Advent Snowing Its snowing! Everything looks absolutely gorgeous! Yesterday, I was felled by a migraine. Part of it was migraine, part was pre-storm headache. The pre-storm headache let up as soon as it began to storm, but the migraine is down to feeling like someone is stabbing me in the left eye with an ice pick. Went grocery shopping in anticipation of the storm yesterday. Ran some errands for my source: Sunday, December 2,2007 […]

  3. I don’t envy you the snow…I’ll take warmth and sunshine any day! Although, at the moment, someone took it….it’s cold here in Arizona!!

    Congratulations on winning NaNo last month! You’re too awesome for words!

    Hope you’re feeling so much better today!

    Hugs!

    Terri

  4. Yep, it’s a winter wonderland in our part of NY, Dev.

    Gorgeous — yet messy, no doubt. 🙂

    Great to hear the progress on Tracking Medusa. (Can’t wait to see that one in print. Totally engaging concept!)

    P.S. I’d play with that idea of opening with a diary entry for a few chapters, just to see how it works. Sounds like it could be a permanent keeper, once you see it actually unfold as a part of the chapter.

  5. SNOW!?!? Holy Moly! I hope that doesn’t mean you’re in for a bad winter. Hope that migraine has left you for good.

    Cheers!

  6. Devon:

    First, thanks for stopping by… wish we lived closer so we could chat drama and writing! Guess we’ll just have to meet in cyberspace (blogojava, anyone?)

    Secondly, I can completely understand the whole “pre-snow migraine” thang. I’m in Pennsylvania and we’re just getting cold rain — guess who had a migraine this afternoon? Fortunately, it went away while I worked out at the gym, but that sometimes backfires.

    Third, GREAT site. I’ll be back. (You can take that as either a compliment or an eerie promise… ha!)

  7. Medusa is a statue? She must have fallen into the ocean. The deathly jelly fish is called a Medusa.
    Lyd

  8. Saw the link to your blog on Crime and Suspense and thought I’d come by and give you a little support. Looks like a great blog page.

  9. Snow! I want snow! *sigh* We hardly ever get snow here anymore. I hope your migraine goes away soon. Have a restful sunday!

  10. Just wanted to congratulate you on your nominations for Top Ten Writers!

    Keep up the great work 😉

    Michele

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