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Process Post

I'm not posting much about process these days. I think it's something that mostly interests process hounds like myself. And I think readers would like to see photos and hear about Walkabout Farm and things like that. But today I'm going to post about process.

I've been working on a story called "Ditchrider." It was supposed to be finished in July. Early July. Because I was supposed to finish another story by early August. This did not happen. Instead I got stuck on Dtich. And then other things came up and I had no good block of time to figure out what was going on with Ditch and why I was stuck. I wrote the initial raw mess for a NaNoWriMo (coming up in about two weeks, yanno) three years ago. Three years can be a lifetime. So the draft was a mess and I had progressed as a writer and that made it difficult to work with. But I ripped apart the draft in May and June and got the story set and researched some things. All fine and good. I wrote bits and pieces of later scenes, of things I wanted to add. All fine and good. But about three scenes into a full, decent draft, I got stuck. The scene is all about some water, about measuring it. That's all. And I couldn't write it. Grrrr.

Months later, I'm on the plane coming home from horse camp and I started to noodle the notes i had with me, just in case. And a thought came out of nowhere. Water goes somewhere. It has to. It has to flow into a river somewhere, go downstream. See, Weatherdude had warned me that I was setting up a world that wouldn't work and I thought I had fixed that. Until I got stuck, that is. And once my brain had focused on the fact that water flows downstream, my idea got turned on its head and I saw the solution to the problem. Which, oddly, will also address a problem Weatherdude voiced. He had said he didn't see how I could do what I was doing convincingly. And apparently my subconscious agreed with him.

I know, I know. You're going "duh." But see, it has to do with how I do my worldbuilding. From scratch. Over a period of years. I don't just grab something familiar and work with it. No, I work to see the place wider than what I need for the story and sometimes that won't happen right away. It takes time. Where Weatherdude eats, sleeps, and breathes physics, I don't. I have to feel my way into a world and have to become aware of its physics. I can feel when something isn't working, apparently, but can't always figure it out right away.

So the question is, now that it's all been turned on its head and now that the physical situation makes sense, will i be able to finish a draft of Ditch after I submit my last three tax returns this weekend? Inquiring minds want to know.


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Oct. 14th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Sooner or later, you will finish it.
Oct. 15th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
I suspect you're right.
Oct. 14th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
By the way, I got to see lots of horses on Wednesday. There's a big military parade every October 12, and this year, because the route was changed, in the early morning the main street a block from my house filled up with horse carrier trucks. The soldiers brought the horses out and began preparing them for the parade, although their manes were already brushed to perfection.

They were beautiful horses, even I could tell that, and I walked down the street for a while enjoying the sight of them and their riders getting ready.

I saw them two hours later on TV, a hundred horses and the soldiers riding as an honor guard for the King.

Here's a video from a few years ago, but many of the horses in the first 30 seconds are probably the same.
Oct. 15th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
I suspect, because they are inherently Spanish, that these were Andalusians. A beautiful breed indeed.


Lipizzans are equally pretty, but pretty much all white when full grown. They're born dark-haired.

Judy would know for sure, but I suspect there's some commonality as well.
Oct. 15th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. Cross-bred from Andalusians for the Hapsburgs.

Oct. 16th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Wheather yeah or nay I wish you good luck in getting it done!
Oct. 17th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! Last tax return goes in today and then maybe I can see if I fixed my problem with the story.
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