Sunday, March 20, 2011

March Break... Is a killer...

Argh!

March Break is a killer!

We had a heap of fun over the break. My son made a new friend, we went to see Gnomeo and Juliet, and we played a lot of video games.

Boo's top pick for games this week: clubpenguin.com. He created his penguin and then took it around the various servers (his favorite was Blizzard) to learn new things and meet other penguins. It's similar to animaljam.com (the game site run by national geographic kids) -- another favorite.

Gnomeo and Juliet: A really nice spin on Shakespeare. It's not as funny as I thought it was going to be - like 'The Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood' - all the really funny parts are shown in the previews.

I learned that 'Zhu Zhu Pets' were created by someone who doesn't have children, that my son is not a fan of smaller - more annoying - kids, and that when he's not with me he can eat a pizza parlor out of business.

Tonight is early to bed. Tomorrow is back to word counts as usual.

Oh happy days!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Allow me a Few Moments of Insanity - PLEASE!

Is it right to be bored to tears by your own book?

Even if it's not - I am. I am tired of waiting for the bad guy to be discovered. I'm tired of my characters keeping secrets from me, wandering aimlessly through a desert that they have stuffed into my head, and moaning about how long it is taking for them to finish what they set out to do.

Since they decided to go off and do their own thing - without consulting me, I might add - they have done nothing but complain about how long the process takes. How is this my fault?

Do your jobs and get out of my head already!

If I were a rude, crude and unlovely person I would blow them all up and ask questions later. That is what they're planning on doing to someone else, no doubt.

I ran into a similar problem for the *cough cough* "few" years that Unclean sat on the shelf between edits. By the time it went to the publisher, I was so sick of looking at it I wanted to scream. Or burn it. Or both. Probably both. Most likely both. Scream and then burn it. Burn it while I screamed. Impale it with a screwdriver while screaming and then burn it.

Instead I very calmly and rationally sent it on it's merry way.

The only thing keeping me from doing all of the above to this manuscript is the knowledge that it will all be over soon. At least, the first draft will be. And then I will be forced to go back and tidy up the smoldering remains of the first half - the stuff that was written while someone sane (that would be me) was in charge that now has nothing to do with the rest of the story.

Katie's earlier mass-murder suggestion doesn't sound too bad at the moment. Maybe I should turn myself into a character and instigate the spree - while I still have a chance to do it the way I want.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Retrospective

My novel in progress took an interesting turn around Wednesday when two of the characters decided to put the past behind them and get back together. Apparently there's a reason for this, but they have yet to enlighten me. I hate being left out of the loop o.O.

My characters have relocated to hotter climates and I feel as though I am operating in a humidity bubble. My goal for the week is to get them back to American soil where there are good old piles of snow everywhere - or at least reasonable temperatures. (And by reasonable, I mean neither too hot nor too cold).

Fighting continues between the stubborn and trigger happy duo. Apparently this has something to do with the above mentioned relationship change. Most likely it has more to do with them just enjoying butting heads.

On the health front - beware of drinking any water that hasn't been appropriately sterilized - one of my more stable characters forgot this vital point and has been sent to the hospital to be treated for an unknown parasite/bacteria/virus. The doctors may say that the prognosis is good - as of yet I have no idea because no one finds it necessary to keep me updated.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday and have a great week!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

1000 WD Challenge

So far I have managed to keep the words coming. This is not the same as having a story that moves forward - but the object of the challenge is to out at least 1000 words into the book. They don't have to make sense, they just have to be there (unless someone finds a new rule that I happened to miss...).

It has been easier than I thought it would be. I sit down where ever (so far at the gym, the library and while on the couch "being social"), and write. Some days it takes an hour, others, when I'm distracted, it takes two or three. The important thing is that they are getting done, even in the midst of some minor home improvements.

That said... I have an estimated twenty thousand more words to write (give or take whatever the characters decide) and the projected completion date (for the first draft) is April 1st.

The end is in sight!