Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Cold, rainy day yesterday.

Worked on the adaptation. In this section, I can stay close to the original screenplay; however, I have to add quite a bit later on for it all to make sense and really hold together as a novel. There are quick explanations that one can get away with in a screenplay that simply won’t hold up in the novel. For it to have the emotional impact I want, I have to deepen it, layer it, work out some of the kinks. I’m also deepening the relationship between Zenda and Sam earlier. While, if this was visual and I had three-dimensional actors working the material, a great deal could be left unsaid. Their bodies would do the “speaking” instead of the words. In the novelization, a great deal remains unspoken between them, but it still needs to be on the page. Even if it’s done through action and gesture and behavior rather than narration, it still needs to be there.

Worked on Yuri’s Tale. Actually, I stopped working to make some continuity notes and do some world-building. The problem with that is that I wind up staring at the page. Unlike Earth Bride, where I could do dozens of pages of world-building as I created the outline and THEN write, the participants in Yuri’s Tale want to reveal it to me as it goes along. So I’m doing more note-taking than world-building and letting the characters reveal the world to be in this draft. A little frustrating, but. . .that’s the way it is. Also, I realized I need to start the book with Esmé, not Yuri (yet another reason the title needs to change). At first I thought it could be a prologue, but the more I mull it over, the more I realize no, it needs to be a chapter focused on Esmé before they arrive in Solmer and Yuri’s taven. I’ll set part of it on the ship The Sea Trotter, and part of it . . .well, you’ll just have to read it to find out!

This is the kind of situation where a writer who insists on total control over everything from the get-go would just stop. But, if you trust your characters (i.e., your subconscious) to get you through even the disjointed bits, you’ll push through and have something better at the end than if you tried to control it all so tightly before you set a word on paper. Rewrites are good places to impose structure and logic. First drafts are to trust your characters and your imagination.

Did an extra yoga session yesterday afternoon and it made a big difference.

Commute sucked both ways, and too many SFT’s in the city. Brandy and Melissa, you wouldn’t behave like an SFT, because you naturally think about others. It’s your nature. I don’t mind the tourists who come here and are amazed by all the wonderful things in New York; I mind the ones who are rude, thoughtless (it’s not New Yorkers who are rude, it’s the tourists), and treat those of us who live here as though we’re their personal maids.

Show was fine. I had to tell one of my Dear Hearts this was our last week working together on this show; he’s off to do another show (he’ll be wonderful in it) and I’m covering the Preakness during his last weekend on this show. So we are going to savor every performance together this week! Seriously, working with these actors is always good for me – they’re loving and joyful as well as being talented, and working with them opens my heart a little every time. Which is good, considering how closed and ready for battle I always have to be in my own home.

I have to go and pitch a fit at the credit union this morning. It seems anyone can walk up to any ATM and wipe out my checking and savings, as they did in January, but I can’t get to my own money, and I’m sick of it.

Taped a show last night on which I thought an acquaintance was guest-starring (because he told me so). He’d teased me that he’d call at midnight to see how I liked it (I got home at 11). So I watch the whole darned thing – and he’s not on it! He called, I mentioned it, and he said, “Yeah, that kind of sucks, doesn’t it?” I’m not sure if the episodes got shuffled around or he’s in an upcoming one or what. And it’s not a show I’d watch if he hadn’t told me he had a guest spot! He so owes me! 😉

Very short writing day today; I have two shows and I have to take a train shortly after 10:30. I want to get more writing done before that, so this is a short post.


Adaptation: 23,460 words out of est. 90,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
23 / 90

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  1. It sounds like you’re having fun with the shows and all the catching up! Enjoy!


  2. I remember one of my trips to NYC. It was for the RWA conference in 1994. I was the total wide-eyed gawking tourist even though I lived in San Francisco. A group of us took this red bus tour around the city. So much fun. We had lunch down at this waterfront area that looked refurbed. I think it started with an S. I was amazed at all the people and noise. My fave parts though were the shows. We were staying at the Marriott in Times Square. I saw Phantom of the Opera on Wednesday night, Beauty and the Beast on Thursday night and Tommy on Friday night. I was in absolute heaven!

    My hubby (then boyfriend who’s family lived on LI) and I walked from the train station to Battery Park. It was a long walk, but we saw so much. I remember standing in front of the WTC, a stream of people going in and out since it was a weekday. He wanted to go up, but I was afraid of heights and didn’t want to.

    We haven’t been back since my oldest (now 10) was 16 months old. We’re trying to plan a trip. I can’t wait to see their reactions to the Big Apple and where their daddy was born (Manhattan). We’ll be the family of five looking around in amazement, carrying bags from The American Girl Place and taking pictures of absolutely everything.

  3. Devon, excellent comment about “controlling” every aspect of our writing. I blogged a bit about this today, as well.

    I will get to New York City someday… 🙂

  4. Devon, excellent comment about “controlling” every aspect of our writing. I blogged a bit about this today, as well.

    I will get to New York City someday… 🙂

  5. Those “red jacketed” Gray Line Bus Tour guys here in NYC, who stalk tourists then pounce on them like a bunch of hungry cheetahs to buy tour packages — are just as obnoxious in preventing the “locals” from getting to and from their office buildings.

    If you want to stop a group of 6 or more people on a busy NY street, why not have the “smarts” to know that you just might be blocking the sidewalk and preventing others from passing??

    Anyway,love the name Esmé, Dev. Great name for your character.

  6. I find the creative process for writing fascinating. Thank you so much for sharing it.
    As for visiting New York, I would some day like to take the kids to see everything that city has to offer, but hubs and I are very low key, so I’m not sure how we’d react. *G*
    Maybe your commute will be better today? I certainly hope so.
    I wish a good day for you!

  7. You just crack me up and I needed that laugh.

    Georgie, I hear you on the red jacket buys. What about the comedy club guys…they stopped a huge group and we had to walk in the street.

  8. I question the safety of all financial institutions. I mean, if you tie overdraft protection to your other account, can someone just wipe out everything? Where is that safe?

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