Stage One: Assess
So there are lovely ficlets waiting to be read in my LJ inbox. There are lovely notes on the story from inferno and my infuriating anthology to be implemented. And there are prompts. Not to mention house-cleaning and other chores—like breakfast.
I've also been thinking about starting up blogging again, but there's the interesting thought of... should I? I'd like to focus on fiction I think.
I'm going to go do necessaries, then hit the story from inferno.
Stage Two: Work
So I'm actually flipping back and forth between cleaning, editing, munching, and going shopping (just got back). So far, it's working. I'm on page 13 out of 27 of my first pass through the manuscript at a little after three o'clock. I can tell this will take a couple passes though.
It's 5:48 p.m. and the first pass is done. I have two big changes to make and a handful of edits to decide on. Sometimes I agree with my beta, every once in a while I don't, and sometimes I figure out how to fix the issue in a way I like that differs from the one suggested. I've got those left.
Writing the new scenes. That's all I can call it, though technically, I'm writing them in and around the old material. It's better, I think. I hope my beta agrees.
Second pass done around 9:45 p.m. Just for the stylistic pass now and those last little decisions... Ten minutes later and we're down to stylistic. And wrapped at 11:00 p.m. Wow. Back to beta. At least, my brain doesn't feel like mush!
Better (read, more relevant) blog posts today. Two I felt were necessary to link to:
- "Jigsaw Puzzles and Tinker Toys," P. C. Wrede
- "Sunday Update: Chasing Enthusiasm, Not Dreams," Camille LaGuire
The first one goes through a few ways people plot stories and when you get to this paragraph, just insert my name here:
My first clue is usually that I have an enormous heap of bright shiny bits and pieces (a few of which I absolutely know go into the story somewhere, but most of which I am equally positive are mutually exclusive options) that I can’t make fit with each other.
The second article on enthusiasm is me in a perfect nutshell, except that I find I am simply unable to make progress when I opt for discipline over enthusiasm. If I shut up the muse at all, I shut it up entirely. Needless to say, this is a very bad thing.
Stage Three: Count
- Total Fiction: 2000 words - Month to Date: 9604 words
- Total Blog: 742 words - Month to Date: 2125 words
- 198–201/365: Dowse and Bleed – about 13,600 words