Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Hey, I’m a guest over on Ye Olde Inkwell, Michelle’s blog, and there’s a giveaway! Hop on over and check it out!

I managed to get a good chunk of work done on CHANNELLING JIM MORRISON yesterday, which was a great feeling. It’s darker than I expected, but I think it works for the overall piece.

Sherrie, to answer your question about outlines: Often, I’ll do what I call a “Writer’s Rough” outline before I start a piece, or as I’m wrestling it and figuring it out. That way, I’ve got a blueprint, and I never just sit there and stare at the page. I sit down and go to work.

Once I’m in revisions, or after I’ve got a draft I think is solid, I’ll do the outline from which I pull the synopsis, et al, that will actually go out on submission. Because my books change a lot during the writing process, and the Writer’s Rough is free-form, stream-of-consciousness, it’s not something that’s usable as part of the submission package. That would be too much pressure! 😉

To answer PJ’s question – I’m not in the city, I’m in the ‘burbs, so no, there were no parks with free hot chocolate out here. I missed out! And it’s not like Metro North ran well enough for me to hop a train into the city for some sled time! 😉

Had some clarification to do for one of my assignments for Confidential Job #1, which was rather an oxymoron, since the point of the assignment was to be obtuse! That’s sort of what I pointed out. Hopefully, that’s helpful to my editor.

Got some business responses that were positive, and will let up some of the pressure in the coming months, which is great. Did some work on client projects in the afternoon.

Roasted a chicken. Having a chicken roasting in the oven always makes me feel secure for some reason. I can tell Elsa’s feeling better because she tried to “help” in every facet of the chicken preparation and I had to shoo her out of the kitchen, while making sure she wasn’t tag-teaming with the twins to get the chicken away. Yeah, I’m outnumbered.

Lots of computer problems yesterday and this morning, so I’m a little behind where I’d like to be, and I didn’t get any work done on the Billy Root story. I need to type up the outline notes I wrote a few weeks ago, and get it all clear in my head again. I have a feeling it will be longer than planned – but, once I have a draft, I can always cut.

Elsa had a good day yesterday, but got worse again at night. She seems a little better this morning. Minute by minute, right?

Back to the page.

Devon

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6 Comments

  1. I’m just glad she’s improving. And you’re right about the chicken…the smell of something roasting is always comforting! Hope the computer problem demons stay away today!

  2. The poor dear. Maybe give her some roasted chicken. Works for humans, right?

  3. I think Elsa just wanted some chicken.

    Hang in there.

  4. Yes! What is it about roasted chicken? You are absolutely right!
    Here’s some virtual hot chocolate!

  5. MM.. I love roasted chicken! That’s some comfort food right there. 🙂

  6. We love roasted chicken, but I let Chris do it because for some reason I always cook the thing upside down. *G*
    I hope Elsa continues to feel better!


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