Sunday, November 26, 2006

Pushing away from the table.

The family has beed fed and gone. The drinking is down to pre-holiday levels. The pounds added have been roundly ignored and the house is fragrant with simmering turkey stock that will be frozen against the coming winter.

And while the stock is on the back burner, the writing is once again on the front. This novel may be bigger than I can successfully wrestle, but we'll see. I haven't written as many words as I wanted to this weekend, and I'm afraid that after the tryptophan wears off I'll see that those words I have written suck. These things never really get easier, do they?

So, while I'm not as happy as Bryon Quertermous is with quantity, or Stuart MacBride is with quality, I am happy that I'm writing again.

How is your WIP? Going as well or as quickly as you'd hoped?

Talk to me.

Oh, and do you like the new Planetary look? It seemed to fit my 1940's frame of mind.


Anonymous said...

Ahhh, David, I'm revising, and I'm always a happy girl when I'm revising.

And I'm well-fed, too, which never hurts.

Should be on track to turn in the book when it's due, baring any unforeseen trauma.

Like the new retro look!

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Not as many words as I'd hoped this weekend, either. Or this last week, for that matter. Or, come to think of it, this month.

But, if I ignore those little details like "character" and "pacing", I should be just fine for finishing the rough by the end of the year.

The rewrites might take a little longer.

I too dig the new retro look. Is that an oxymoron? And it's about time you had a picture of yourself in your native environment.

Daniel Hatadi said...

How are your WIPs going?

That's a dangerous question to ask at a joint frequented by writers. Prepare for your ears to be chewed off.

I've used NaNoWriMo to boot my arse into getting down 30K. And I'm pretty happy with what I've done so far.

But something happens at the 100 page mark where everything goes kind of fuzzy, like I've had enough alcohol to feel sleepy, but not enough to get into party mode.

The only hope is to keep on drinking.

JD Rhoades said...

(1) I do like the new look.

(2) I didn't get nearly as much done on the novel as I wanted to. I did finish a short I'd been kicking around for a while. Now I just need to find a home for it.

Man going back to work tomorrow is gonna SUCK.

Anonymous said...


May I suggest the fine home of DEMOLITION if someplace really classy won't have you? I mean for god's sake we took David's stuff...

Anonymous said...

I also am using NaNoWriMo as a kick in the butt to finish two projects. Finished rough draft on project #1 on the 12th and can see THE END of project #2, hopefully by the 30th. Right now, I'm at 50K for the month. The number of words isn't as important to me as the momentum I've gotten from writing every damn day without fail, without excuses, without pause. Yeah, I'll have to cut a shitload of words, which is way easier for me than padding. And nothing is wasted effort because false starts and murky plotlines usually lead me to the right ones that do work.

Like Tasha, I can't wait to get to the revision/editing part.

Like the retro look :)

Anonymous said...

WIP is almost done...

I like the new look, too, and it does fit your 1940s frame of mind. You were, what? In your thirties in the 1940s, right?

Anonymous said...

I like the new look, too.

Just finished revisions on the third Annie Seymour book, DEAD OF THE DAY, and am now trying to clean up a crime novel that was a collaborative effort with a former coworker a million years ago but now we're trying to make it work for us. Who knows...

Then it's on to Annie No. 4...

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am looking over the words of a potential zine publisher and maybe it's the flu I'm enduring, but he seems to be talking about a story other than mine when he saws -- show don't tell and correct the typos. I can't find any typos and the only thing I "told" was in a scene where the protagonist heard the action via telephone. Yikes!

Mindy Tarquini said...

I like your profile photo.