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The fairy story was written in freewrite. My editor notes, with some amusement, the following:

1. It opened, originally, with a writer writing a story about a fairy. This was easily cut. The writer was clearly writing her way into the real story.

2. The current opening contains the dialog "You need to do something!" This would seem to be another authorial remark, i.e. the writer needs to start writing the actual story.

3. A third of the way into the story, the pov character is noticing character #2's appearance in detail. Finally. He's already had a couple of scenes with her, so the editorial note is that the writer is finally noticing some of character #2's physical characteristics and this must be placed earlier in the story because that's when the pov character would have actually noticed them. Duh.

The Dude used up all the wood in last night's fire. To start one this morning, wood must be hauled to the house from the distant woodpile since the one by the house has yet to be filled for the season. The Dude went back to bed an hour ago. I do not call this the proper care and feeding of a brilliant writer who also happens to be one's spouse. No, I don't.

As it is almost 7am and still no re-emergence of The Dude, I shall (sigh) have to go let the chickens out and haul the wood myself. In the cold. Coffee, also, did not magically appear at my elbow at 5am when I got up and buried myself under a down lap quilt for warmth. You are aghast. That he fed the cats is no excuse for these other examples of his neglect. I am put upon. I am long suffering. I am not editing.

Frog Out

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birdhousefrog
Dec. 13th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Yes and bed is so appealing as it's in the part of the house that currently has central heat above 63 degrees. Nice hot oil heat.

But I persevere, I do. I made my own coffee, let the girls out, hauled a load of wood. Early is some of my best time for writing.

And The Dude showed up when I entered with the wood and took over building the fire now that most of the cold work is done. He did have to go outside for the ash bucket, but that's close to the back door.
dawtheminstrel
Dec. 13th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
I'm shivering just thinking about this. What happened with the chickens?
birdhousefrog
Dec. 13th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
I think we lost an old girl, Featherless Biped. I wasn't going to investigate the remains which were in a garbage bag awaiting burial services later today. But I only saw three decent-sized combs in the coop belonging to old girls.

The weather has been flipping around. We just had cold, then rain, then cold again. 2 inches of rain. Which would be a lot of snow.

The fire is going now.
tcastleb
Dec. 13th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Aww. Homemade fire. -pines-

Sorry about Featherless Biped. :>(
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