Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011
Full Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cool

I had a really good writing day — finally. Thirty three pages on POWER OF WORDS, which isn’t what I’m supposed to be working on, but there you have it. I did the Prague section,and am moving on to the New Mexico section. When I go back and rewrite with a real eye to “re-envisioning” the book, I need to layer in the setting. The book takes place in various locations (as does the piece they’re filming within the book). I need to bring those locations to life. Right now, I’m focusing on plot and character and how to juggle the multiple storylines, which is taking a lot of page time. Chapter Eighteen finishes on page 409 right now, and these two Prague chapters need a lot of work. Ultimately, this will be the second volume in the series (so it will be more like page 109 in the volume,not 409)– the first will deal with auditions, the second with filming, the third with the first season, etc. I think it makes more sense for it to be a series of books rather than a serialized story, because, much as I hate to put maps and cast lists and things in, this particular piece needs it. It’s a huge ensemble, and that’s part of the point. Cutting characters and storylines rips out the heart of the piece, but, as a single piece, it’s completely unpublishable.

However, it needs to be written before it can be placed into a sensible structure and have those types of practical decisions made, and it will take a few more years to get the whole thing written. And then I need a good series title, and, within that, good individual titles. I’m already titling chapters, which is something I rarely do. It’s old-style saga set in contemporary times in an unusual environment.

But working most of the day on it has left me tired and fuzzy-headed this morning. I slept well, though, and overslept.

And I have a LOT to get done today.

I got out four proposals yesterday, so it wasn’t all fiction, but I’ve got a very long list of things that need to get knocked off TODAY. And I would be a good idea to mow the back terraced area a bit — it’s getting kind of long. But the garden looks good.

I better get to it. My head is filled with storylines and characters who want their lines. And I’ve still got to push through this difficult section on SPIRIT REPOSITORY so I can get into the home stretch. I’m hoping a day or two away, working on something else, gives me perspective. I’m paying for the fact that I’ve been working on it in spurts, rather than steadily. While that works for POWER OF WORDS, which is naturally set in sections, SPIRIT REPOSITORY is not, and the lack of discipline with it on my part has hurt the overall piece. Thank goodness for edits.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT is available from Champagne Books and Amazon Kindle.
Annabel Aidan webpage here.

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  1. The muse beckons! Enjoy the journey. 🙂

  2. Wishing you a nice weekend.

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