December 12th, 2008


Log Jam Beginning to Break Up

Yesterday I had an unusually long work day. After my usual "help the neighbor" errands, I spent the afternoon futzing away, playing with email. But at 2:30 no child appeared. Wow. (She's in Disney World.) So I was able to futz some more. God intended me to make brownies because he put a box on my shelf and yogurt in my fridge. So I did. And the Dude worked late, ended up taking the last train home so he got home at 9pm. So I had this weird block of 7 hours I wouldn't have otherwise had. And somewhere around 8pm, I got a serious second wind and went back to work on the edit, which I had futzed with all day.

As soon as I finish this and figure out why the fire doesn't want to burn today, I'm going to stop checking email and go back to work. Despite it being another "help the neighbor out" morning and a small munchkin is underfoot. He's usually cool, but some days he simply must tell me about Super Mario Brothers Smash Down (or whatever) and Zelda. Something one plays on a wii, I think.

I fielded 3 calls from Florida yesterday. Better charge up my phone for whatever needs to be said today.

Frog Out
Leodora Test

Now What?

Ok, so now I have a new draft that is less than 8k and has lots of parenthetical notes about this goes here and this should move there and add this here and this should be said there and do this, do that.

I printed out a new copy of the draft because I'm so old-fashioned that hard copy is still how I see the whole.

I think the idea would be to end this post and go do all the things I wrote in parentheticals, starting with the moves to earlier and later. Clearly, I'm not ready to make any decisions on the story's opening yet, despite my bracketed comments there. I need the shape and the ending before I can finalize the beginning, decide if it opens with this or with that.

Frog Out, off to move chunks of text
(No word from Florida yet this morning. I think they're sleeping in.)