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Process Continues to Amaze

Probably only amazes me, though.

36k, which is definitely behind the count, but not impossibly so. Philcon was a bust this year for writing. Last year I did really well, finished a story. But this year I was 'on stage' and that seemed to occupy my time pretty thoroughly. Tom Doyle wasn't all that helpful, either. He did a great job of creating distractions from time to time. Others are also to blame.

The lack of writing created a burst of writing on Wednesday during the drive to Boston. 5100 words written before my battery died and I could have kept going. We were only at the Tappan Zee Bridge, halfway in terms of time on the road. A new story came pouring out of me. Alas, I'm now having trouble grabbing at the energy of that story again. I don't really want it to be one of my 'broken' drafts that never gets finished.

I had no idea I could pour out that many words in one 'sitting.' I'll have to do it again on the way home to have a shot at the brass ring of 50k of fiction to be edited later.

Learning things, I am. Next up, teaching my editor to edit. But as for the blog, I have new and different things to post about: kittenz and some personal journey stuff and yes, I shall go back to talking about chickens at some point. I think the next time I drive to a con, I'll post an egg sale. I was only able to shed 3 dozen at Philcon and another 3 here in Boston. There are still about 7 dozen in the fridge at home.

Frog Out


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Nov. 27th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
photos upcoming now that NaNo is over.
Nov. 27th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Good stuff. Isn't it amazing how things come in fits and starts, and sometimes whole forest-fires.

I think one of the hardest things to learn, and one I always fail miserably at, is to let go of a goal in order to realize it. I know and I tell myself I know that it's better to let things come out naturally and resolve themselves the way they feel they should. That vast wilderness between conception and completion is a hard one to slog through.
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
wow, really? I'm a big planner. OTOH, NaNo was about letting go, you're right.
Nov. 27th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose you ever come through New York with eggs or anything. It is on the way between Boston and Philadelphia, after all. And we live right off the West Side Highway--hardly any city driving at all, and many parking spots.

Good for you, btw, for sticking the NaNoWriMo course. I'm impressed at your industry in the midst of a full life. Maybe there needs to be a similar set-up for revising the drafty drafts that have been so generated.
Nov. 27th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Now that sounds possible, to drop off some eggs as we go by. We'll check on that for the Dec and Feb trips north. They're very, very yummy and Miss E is always tickled when people ask for the eggs from her chickens.

I'm building a plan for the revision process, yes. I'm wrapping my head around the idea that I could revise on some sort of schedule and have a regular stable of stories going out, just like a 'normal' new writer does.

I should have close to 10 first drafts and with some it's a question of whether I have enough distance. But with others, I do, so I'll be starting with those. Mr. Frost believes it's time for me to be sending stuff out regularly and who am I to argue with such sage advice?
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