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Bogged Down

I'm bogged down in this middle grade story, which is really being written for Miss E, herself, because her Mom usually writes for grownups. It's a good exercise, I think, because it's not so much coming from me opening a vein or from one of my previously developed universes. But that makes it tricky as well because I've not spent much time with these characters. Well, actually, they're under my feet every single day, but I haven't spent time with them as FICTIONAL characters.

So there I was, beating my head against the 20k mark when I should be sprinting for the 25k mark, and I had very little plot and characterization and lots of writing my way in for this story #3, the middle grade one. And Miss E walks in the room and says "Do you think we could marry one of the girls [female kittens] to Thomas [who is very fat and 6 years old] so he can keep on being king?" Plot! OMG, Plot! Piling more Bad Things onto the characters!

Oh, and Miss E was not in any way discussing my current story being drafted. Because she's unaware I'm writing it. I've only told The Dude about it because it needs to be edited before she sees it and who knows how long that will take me. So Miss E is talking REALITY. Yes, she's got this elaborate monarchy going among the household cats, beginning with Mrs. Gaines as the queen, now deceased. (Ummm, plot? world? yup.)

And no, I have plenty of characters in this story, almost too many.

Announcing it here for the first time anywhere in print, Walkabout Farm now houses 8 cats. Yes, I said eight. It's going to be an interesting winter.

May they all become primarily outdoor cats by spring.

Frog Out

Comments

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mindseas
Nov. 14th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
2 kitties + Tom + Goliath + PD + that big outdoor cat = 6. Hmmms.
birdhousefrog
Nov. 14th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Fat Head Pouf found himself a home. He's only come to visit once or twice, just to let us know he's ok. Someone got him fixed and put a collar on him, too.

Thomas, Goliath, PD (the big cats)
Ozzie and Doodledorf (girl kittens)
Phineas, Ferb, and Grady (boy kittens from same litter and same feral group)

It's a constant kitten party in the house and everyone has finally stopped the CONSTANT hissing. Just once in a while now.

Thomas is supposed to be the regent until one or the other of the girls proves worthy of the throne. That was how Miss E wrote the scenario for real life. Me, I think yon Thomas has a fat and lazy look and has no intention of abdicating in favor of the girls, one or both.
mindseas
Nov. 15th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Ah... I didn't suspect those boy kittens.
birdhousefrog
Nov. 15th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
One never does.
hyperbard
Nov. 14th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yay for bad things happening to characters! Yay for plot development! Yay for 20000 words and then some!

Keep at it.
birdhousefrog
Nov. 14th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Yup. Finally hit that 20k mark. Now on to 25k, which is all I got to last year. Go, go, go, you too!

Oz
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birdhousefrog
Nov. 15th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Well, I'm busy figuring out how to depose King Tom, but yes, All Hail King Tom. And his child bride. :::shudders:::
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birdhousefrog
Nov. 15th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Very clever, and yes, though the boys set out to rescue them, I think the girls should end up rescuing themselves and fixing the regent once and for all.

"Poor old Tom"? How can you say that. It wasn't his kingdom! Mrs. G left it to the girls in his care. He's failed his fiduciary duty and in a very devious way, too.

The real Thomas is tolerant of the girls, but is a bit put out by all the boys that have arrived as well. My personal theory is that the big cats can't count. They have no idea how many kittens are here. To them it's "many." We make sure the big cats get the house to themselves some times and we make sure they get their wet food in peace.
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birdhousefrog
Nov. 15th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Soon, one hopes, soon, for photos. I did promise them during NaNo. The boys were settling in, they've only been here for a couple of weeks.

They're the same age as Ozzie and Doodledorf, but two hadn't been adopted in those extra two months and the third had an ulcerated cornea and was being nursed to health, though his eye is still a bit cloudy. They're all distinct from the others and are a good mix. One has been traumatized by going to the adoption events. He can't stand to be touched right now, but he begs for handouts and sleeps on our bed, so there's hope for him. He was the reason we decided to adopt another and the others became part of this package of trying to get these feral kittens into homes once and for all. The one with the eye issue is Doodledorf and Ozzie's full brother. The other two are cousins from different litters.
klingonguy
Nov. 16th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Words!
birdhousefrog
Nov. 16th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Panels! Shall slap you with my moderator's stick, I shall.
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