Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Big Storm Expected

It’s awfully quiet right now; the big storm is supposed to hit at any moment. Schools were closed in anticipation, although a flake of snow has yet to fall. They said we could get up to a foot of snow today.

I’m safely tucked away here at home, working, so it’s all fine with me.

I have a rather harsh post over at the SDR blog on “Craft and Time Management”. Read it if you dare.

Got some plot work done on Hex Breaker and some other work done on Tracking Medusa yesterday, although I haven’t actually started putting changes into pages. I need to tweak the opening of Hex Breaker. Right now, it’s seen through Billy’s eyes, and it needs to be through Jain’s. It’s not a prologue, and, as far as I can tell, the rest of the piece is through Jain’s eyes. Having the first two pages through Billy’s eyes is too jarring and unsettles the piece. I want the atmosphere to be unsettling, not a single POV jump.

Spent most of the day reading a novel for an author I’m hosting over on Biblio Paradise at the end of the month, coming up with questions, and making notes for the review. Talked to my editor at Confidential Job #1 about some revisions on my last assignment; all good. Still waiting for the material to arrive from Confidential Job #2 that was supposedly this big emergency. This is why I hate dealing with LA – they want you to do everything yesterday, but they drag their feet on their end. What’s that saying? “Disorganization on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.” Words to live by!

I’m behind on the holiday cards, but, eventually, they’ll get out.

Great morning’s work on Earth Bride. The ensemble just keeps surprising me, and I love rolling along with the story. I need to choke the Internal Editor, who keeps warning me it’s too long. Yes, no kidding, I know, it’s a damned first draft, I’ll figure out how to restructure in the revisions! Right now, I just want to enjoy unfolding the story.

And I’m ready for this Mars Retrograde to be over!!!

I’ve got some business-y work to do, and then it’s back to Hex Breaker and We All Have Secrets. I’d like to get in a good writing day, instead of the odd, unfocused day I had yesterday.

We’ll see. Got to go moment by moment. As long as it all gets done, right?


Earth Bride – 102,613 words out of est. 120,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter

102 / 120

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Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 10:18 am  Comments (4)  


  1. I’m sure you’ll get everything done you need to. You always do. But, please don’t forget to take time for yourself, to just relax!
    I wish a good and productive day for you. *g*

  2. So, did the storm hit?

    Sounds like you’re coming along with Earth Bride – you’re right, leave the editor out of it and just go with the story. It can be fixed later.

  3. Hmm, you’ve gone quiet again. Perhaps you did get knocked out by a storm.

    For info, you’ve probably already noticed, but Google/Blogger now has a facility to log on using your WordPress ID as well as a raft of others. Might be worth giving it a try. I’ll send you another invite to the YR blog, see if it lets you in this time. (Supposing, of course, that you have the time to browse it – and I’ll understand if you don’t.)

  4. I’m glad to hear you’re tucked safely at home. Hope that snow storm isn’t as bad as they say. Stay warm! 🙂

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