Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Well, I did a bunch of stuff yesterday, but not necessarily what I was supposed to. Isn’t that often the way?

I worked on the mystery, and then I did some work on “The Ramsey Chase”. I’m making good progress on it, although not as fast as I’d like. However, I don’t want this last section and the ending to feel rushed. That will cheat the reader. And since I want them to enjoy Cornelia and Roman for many adventures to come . . .I need to make sure it’s clever enough to hook the readers and make them want more. The overall theme is a little darker than I expected, but the actual piece itself manages to be retro, futuristic, and comedic all at once.

I rearranged a bunch of stuff in living room, which made it look more chaotic, not less, at least temporarily (that always depresses the heck out of me); hauled a bunch of stuff to storage, brought back some huge cushions someone gave me a million years ago that I used to pile on the floor in order to watch TV. They’re now on the couch, replacing the old, wonky pillows. I cut back some plants – okay, seriously, some sort of citrus plant – can’t remember if it’s a lemon or a tangerine, but I grew it from seeds of the fruit I bought at the grocery store – is now about five feet tall and has BARK, so I was pruning it. Rearranged some bookcases and got a bunch off books off the floor and onto shelves. Got out the leather conditioner and revived two leather jackets that have been in storage since 2001 (I gave a third away). Found a small end table that needed a home and gave it one – I’ve got meditation symbols on it, and it’s beautiful. Got the cat condo out from the trunk of the car (where it’s rattled around for a month because I’m either hauling too much to get it up three flights of stairs, or, if I have nothing in the trunk, I forget). Figured out how to rearrange things to put up the Yule tree later this month. Make a big pot of ratatouille.

In other words, I did a lot that wasn’t writing!

The cats were NOT amused.

I forgot to mention that on Friday night, I helped my friend and her brother move a couch and an antique table to the new condo she bought. The condo’s great, absolutely adorable, and I’ll probably give her a hand in packing this coming week. But I’m sore!

I was ridiculously fatigued last night, ready for bed by 7:30; but if I’d done that, I’d have woken up a little after midnight and wound up being up for 24 hours straight right before a stressful Monday 14 hour+ day at the theatre, too. I don’t think so. I sat up and read instead.

Good morning’s work on the mystery. I hope to get a little bit done on “The Ramsey Chase” before I jump on the train.

Off to the theatre – two shows, fourteen hours, and my mind in a million other places with characters. Oh, well. I like the people, so it will all be good.


Untitled Helena Francis Mystery: 23,246 out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

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23 / 50

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery: 23,246 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

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23 / 75
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  1. Let me venture out on a limb here and say that I feel sometimes, it is a GOOD thing to have a day where the writing is superceded by things you need/want to do. Just for a little break. Knowing you, you’ll make it up anyway, but it sounds like you had a very productive day, just not in the writing sense!

    Happy Sunday. 🙂

  2. Lara, it all depends on deadlines. If there are no deadlines/contracts hanging over my head, I totally agree with you. However, if I blow any of these deadlines, I lose income, and I’m reliant on my own income for survival.

    So the deadlined work MUST come first, no matter what else is going on.

  3. Hope you’re back in the groove today.

  4. I hope today goes well for you and that although you’ll be away from your writing, you don’t fall behind. Best wishes for a good day!

  5. I hope your day is calmer.

  6. Sometimes it does the mind and body good to get away for a day. It’s making sure it’s only a day here or there I think some people have problems with.

  7. I know what you mean. I do the same thing nowadays. Although, I understand deadlines. Years ago I lived by deadlines when my income came from working as a newspaper journalist/columnist. My focus then was also much narrower. Now I have acquired a breadth and depth of material but, often, cannot find the discipline to sit down and write. Every now and then, I will test the waters to see if I can still do it by submitting an article . I usually get a positive proof and then just slip back. Anyway don’t do that. Just keep writing. Like excercising, thinking about openings, plots, scenes etc, while you move couches and prune plants aren’t enough. As one writing coach say: Discipline + creative ability often leads to success. Thanks for sharing.

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