Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Full Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Thanks for the jump rope suggestions. I never thought about Toys R Us – maybe because all the ones around here closed. And the sports stores only carry equipment in the five figures and up. I don’t want to order it online, because I need to see how it feels before I buy it.

I’ll probably get it on my next out of town trip. Where the local stores actually carry what people need, not just try to get as many high-end buys as possible out of people.

Oh, and don’t worry about the cats – I won’t use it inside, at least while I’m still living in the apartment. I’m not THAT bad a neighbor! 😉 I’ll take it outside for use.

Tori and Brandy, the new owners don’t give a flying f—k about the law. They’ve made it very clear. They’ve made it so clear that their antics made the front page of the local newspaper this week.

I was about as creative as wilted lettuce yesterday. I just could not get it together, after the frustrations of the ballet site and the errands – don’t ask, not worth the rant. On a psychic level, I was smashed by whatever the esoteric equivalent is of a Mac truck by noon.

So I battled Tracking Medusa revisions. Revising chapters 6-8 nearly killed me. I have spent A LOT of time in Northumberland – Berwick-on-Tweed, Alnwick, Alnmouth-by-Sea, and, especially, Lindisfarne. I have taken, literally, hundreds of pictures. I probably have almost every inch of Holy Island on film.

None of which I can get at now, when I need it.

Thank goodness for the internet. I managed to find some maps and photographs. I found a disk where I’d scanned some of my photos for a travel article I did several years ago. I had to email English Heritage about the St. Aidan statue, which I remember standing at a crossroads, but which looks now in photographs like it’s in the Priory property. I had to look at the geography of St. Mary’s Parish in context with the Priory, and the kilns – I don’t think I ever photographed the inside of the kilns, but a major sequence takes place there. I’ve walked every inch of that island for days, and I still feel the geography, as I wrote it, is shaky. I feel as though I need to walk it with this book in mind for it to make sense, but I’m counting on research to at least make it plausible enough so it doesn’t make any reader roll his or her eyes.


Especially since I know I have the information I need . . . .in storage.

Boxes of it.

I can’t wait until I’m in my house, with my office set up, and all my files and photographs where I can actually get at them when I need them.

And the next time I go back to Lindisfarne, I will re-photograph every inch of it digitally.

The good part is that the sequence with the ghost dog outside the Priory and the sequence in the kilns work much better, so I guess it was worth it!

I also worked on Chapters 9, 10, and 11. I added a bit more description to them walking around Edinburgh, while making sure it didn’t sound like a walking trail tour. The first scene in The Last Drop was pretty good, but I needed to deepen the second scene, when they meet Edward (the vampire) there, and the scene on Candlemaker Road near the fence to the Greyfriars’ graveyard where Edward gets rid of their attackers.

Wanted to keep going, but now I’m getting to a section that needs massive re-structuring, and I have to get out the calculator and figured out how old certain characters were in relation to the original discovery and which generation was responsible for which incidents in the backstory. Pain in the a–, but necessary.

I’m still not happy with the section on Lindisfarne, and, of course, since this is the Most Depressing Day of the Year according to PsychoBabblogists, I spent a good deal worrying, “What if this sucks?”

But it doesn’t, although plenty can be improved, and I’m on a deadline, so Suck It Up (no vampire puns intended) and Get It Done!!!

Good morning’s work on Wyatt, although it’s unfolding more slowly than I expected. But then, each piece has its own innate rhythm, and I have to respect it. Wyatt himself is more thorough, cautious, and precise than Jain, so it makes sense that a story told from his POV would have that sort of pace.

Good weight training session last night. Let’s hope I can maintain the progress.


Tracking Medusa
Revision – 34,099 words out of est. 90,000 (37.8%)

Wyatt – 7,442 words out of est. 20,000 (37.2%)

Published in: on January 22, 2008 at 9:21 am  Comments (5)  


  1. That drives me nuts. You remember taking pics or writing stuff down, and you can’t find it when you need it. NUTS.

    Most depressing day of the year? Yeah, I can see that.

    Hope you get lots done! Sounds like you have a full plate. Heck, PLATTER!!


  2. Today is the most depressing day of the year? I didn’t realize. Is it because it’s the middle of winter? Of course, here, it’s just raining and cold and sort of dreary. Yeah, okay, I can see that. 🙂

  3. Tracking Medusa sounsd superb – I really cannot WAIT to read it! 🙂

  4. I hope you find a jump-rope you are comfortable with. If the new owners are in the local paper because of their antics, does that mean that they will “shape up” a bit for you, or does that mean that they were lauded for being jerks?
    To me, YESTERDAY was the most depressing day of the year. *g* Today is just a regular day.

    I hope you maintain the energy you need to finish all you need to do.

    Have a pleasant evening!

  5. Hey, I didn’t know it was the most depressing day of the year. It makes sense though. I know everyone in the UK is getting sick of all the rain/grey days we’re having.

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