Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010
Waning Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Rainy and gloomy

What a phenomenal writing weekend. I certainly wasn’t expecting to start a new piece, but the idea niggled at me as I walked to and from Reading Terminal Market. I sat down when I got back and wrote 8K. It just flowed right out. It will need work and fleshing out and all the normal things one does in revisions, but the vision of the book is different (although, technically, it’s urban fantasy) and I’m getting to explore some theories of being that really interest me. I batted around several titles, including THE BIGGER PICTURE, which is what it wants to be called, but I think CROSSING DIMENSIONS fits the premise better. And it is definitely a Devon Ellington title.

Sunday, I outlined the ending. So I have a strong start, I know where I’m going, I know points I want to hit along the way. I just don’t want to go on too many tangents. Although they will hit multiple locations, I want to keep the focus fairly tight, although the scope is still pretty large. And I wrote about another 4500 words.

At the same time, on Friday night, I’d written nearly 3K on a new Annabel Aidan piece called TRUE CONNECTION. Yeah, I should be working on SPIRIT REPOSITORY for it, but TRUE CONNECTION flowed better. I’d outlined most of it Thursday, when I arrived, having spun it on the bus. I got a little bit more work done on it on Saturday as well. The second half of the first chapter drags and will have to be shredded and redone, but for now, I have to leave it and move forward.

I’m keeping up with the Willowspring Grove novel, doing about 1500 words/day on that, too. That’s still in search of a title, and the subplots are coming forward, so hopefully the pace will pick up a bit without hurting the slow unfolding that is good for it now.

On top of all that, I’m getting calls and emails from actors I know who are prepping for pilot season and want monologues. Using one of my monologues tends to get them more attention than using a monologue the casting people heard a zillion times. And, although a lot of stuff now is just about cold readings, it’s good to have a variety of monologues and scenes on a reel. So I got a few of those done. I always love writing for specific actors, especially when I get to challenge them.

It’s so comforting to know that when I’m away from the stresses and threats of the landlords I can settle in and still do good work. I was afraid I’d lost the ability forever. Once this move is complete and I’m not under daily threat any more, as I have been for nearly FOUR YEARS now, I’m going to really be able to fulfill my potential. Every time I get tired or overwhelmed in the coming weeks, I will remind myself of that.

Today, I’ll keep working on the different pieces. The deconstruction workshop wound up last night. The next deconstruction workshop, for a mystery, runs November 29-December 2. The notes for that are at home; I’ll start putting them in the computer this week. Today, I have to catch up on some email and put the finishing touches on the two workshops I’m teaching at the Muse conference the week of October 11.

And write.

My head hurts and my eyes are tired, but as long as it flows, I’ll keep going. Because the next two months are going to be insanely busy and a true test of my focus and commitment.

Diane, any part of the hemisphere away from the crazy, threatening, aggressive landlords is the right part for me. I’m not coming in this direction, I’m headed North.


First Willowspring Grove Novel (first draft, handwritten): 59,250 words out of est. 100,000 (59%)

TRUE CONNECTION: 3,000 words out of est. 90,000 (3.3%)

CROSSING DIMENSIONS: 12,250 words out of est. 100,000 (12%)

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