azhure: (dreaming tree)

Blogging has been quiet here, due mostly to me being generally exhausted and unwell.

I have been writing, though.  Bashing my head against a short story, to be precise.  I have a shaky first draft, and have set it aside for a few days before coming back to edit and mash it into something like a shape.

I have also, after some thought, decided to set aside Thought and Memory for now.  It’s lacking something, and I can’t see the shape of what that something is.  So it goes on the backburner for a while, and hopefully the men in the basement will figure out what’s missing.

And so I turn again to Never.  As things stand, I have a first draft.  I’m going to start, as I always do with second drafts, from scratch.  Which means writing up my character dossiers and the like again.  And doing some research reading, setting up playlists and all those fun things.

 

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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It’s raining and cold enough that I had to hunt down some fingerless gloves while reading, so my poor hands didn’t fall off.  Spectacular thunderstorm last night, too, which the kidlet managed somehow to sleep through.

Evidence of how cold my hands are, despite said gloves: I just had to type and retype spectacular about five times.  And twice again, just then.  Or maybe I just can’t type ;)

Ordinary writing week, with several minimum wordcount days, bringing this draft to just over 15k.  I am beginning to hate the slowness of my writing right now.

A good reading week – currently reading Elizabeth Bear’s All the Windwracked Stars, which is terribly awesome.  I am loving pretty much all of the selections for the Women of Fantasy and Women of SF bookclubs.  Even if I’m not actually managing to review the books or particpate in the discussions of the books.

Not enough exercise this week (and too much consumption of delicious foods), thanks to the rain stopping me from getting out and walking most days.

This weekend shall include seeing Wicked and maybe seeing the last Harry Potter movie, if we can wrangle the time and babysitters.

And this is my life right now.  About as exciting as this post indicates ;)

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Health, life, the universe and everything

My health seems to be settling into something approaching decent again.  Most days, my pain levels are manageable, I’m sleeping fairly well and actually have energy.  As always, I have to be careful to stay within my “energy envelope”, otherwise I risk a crash, but generally, it seems like my body has adjusted to the cooler weather.  Winter is never smooth sailing for me, but the transition between seasons is always worse.

Thought and Memory

Still in heavy research mode and slowly outlining.  I feel like I’m missing something that will give me an entry into the heart of the book right now.  I’m hating “wasting” time on research and reading, but I think it will make the actual writing much easier when I get to it.  And hopefully save me a draft of pantsing :)

Awesome book that I am reading right now, which is sparking all kinds of things in my mind: Fang, Fur and Bone: A Guide to Primal Animal Magic by Lupa. I’m lucky enough to “know” Lupa a little via the internet, and she is amazing, and every bit of her energy and passion comes through in this book.

Her Words and Worlds

I am currently poised and ready to begin the work of reading through Kirstyn McDermott’s work (which is hardly work, mind).  I may begin today, if not it will be next week.

At the moment, I plan on informally reviewing the work as I go (perhaps posting my impressions in batches) and writing up a summary of my thoughts at the end.  Once I am done, I will also be interviewing Kirstyn and hosting a giveaway for a signed copy of Madigan Mine, her debut novel.

And I have also decided who my second victim subject is going to be – the extremely talented Angela Slatter.  I am beginning the work of acquiring her back catalogue now.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn. Please comment there.

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So, I’ve been editing The White Raven.  Trying to pick apart a mess of storylines and find some other, more pleasing weave.

I went through about half of my hard copy of the last draft with a red pen, excising chunks and scribbling many notes to myself.  And at about the halfway mark, I realised that two of my characters were extraneous.  I’d had feedback from beta readers previously which had split feelings about these characters – half of my readers loved them as characters and the other half were just “meh”.  I do love both characters, and I have a feeling that they’ll get used somewhere else – either in a completely different work or in a possible sequel.  But for now, in this book, they have to go.

As I was reading, I realised that the removal of these characters, as well as the other changes I’m making, is going to result in a completely different book.  One that will have a different title, and will only retain a few of the original story threads.  Which means that I’m going to be essentially writing a first draft again.

Thought and Memory. Here we go.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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I have spent this week scribbling with red pen on my manuscript.  Ten chapters down, and I am at a crossroads.

I have made one discovery: the title The White Raven is all wrong for this book.  The previous title I had used – Thought and Memory – is the right title after all.

And I seem to have several superfluous characters.  They worked for the previous version of the book, and while I really love them, I think I may need to excise them.  It’s going to make for a lot more work and rewriting, but I think this version of the book will be better for it.  It also pretty much means that most of the second half of the book will be thrown in the trash.

And I still don’t know if this is going to result in something that I’m going to be able to send to agents or publishers.  But I guess even if it doesn’t, I’ll have learned something.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

Friday

Feb. 6th, 2009 04:07 pm
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Today’s progress:

Project: Thought and Memory v5.

New words: 2,116

Total words: 11,113

Goal: 100k

Writing:

And another day like the last two.  I’m gonna blame it on the meds that I’m currently on.  Concentration is all over the place, and writing is like pulling teeth.  If this carries on, I’m going to have to resort to drastic measures, like cutting myself off from the internet.  Horror.

Real life:

Two loads of laundry.  Contemplated the garden.

Total words for 2009: 32,557

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

Friday

Feb. 6th, 2009 04:07 pm
azhure: (Default)

Today’s progress:

Project: Thought and Memory v5.

New words: 2,116

Total words: 11,113

Goal: 100k

Writing:

And another day like the last two.  I’m gonna blame it on the meds that I’m currently on.  Concentration is all over the place, and writing is like pulling teeth.  If this carries on, I’m going to have to resort to drastic measures, like cutting myself off from the internet.  Horror.

Real life:

Two loads of laundry.  Contemplated the garden.

Total words for 2009: 32,557

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Today’s progress:

Project: Thought and Memory v5.

New words: 2,502

Total words: 9,523

Goal: 100k

Writing:

Another day much like yesterday.  I’m writing in fits and starts, which always makes me feel like I’m not doing much of anything.  But I am.  I need to remind myself that not every day is going to go smoothly.  Therein lies the hardest part of writing – the need to keep going on days when it doesn’t feel easy.

Real life:

Managed a walk this morning, which felt really good.  Did the grocery shopping.

Total words for 2009: 31,441

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Today’s progress:

Project: Thought and Memory v5.

New words: 2,502

Total words: 9,523

Goal: 100k

Writing:

Another day much like yesterday.  I’m writing in fits and starts, which always makes me feel like I’m not doing much of anything.  But I am.  I need to remind myself that not every day is going to go smoothly.  Therein lies the hardest part of writing – the need to keep going on days when it doesn’t feel easy.

Real life:

Managed a walk this morning, which felt really good.  Did the grocery shopping.

Total words for 2009: 31,441

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Today’s progress:

Project: Thought and Memory v5.

New words: 2,036

Total words: 7,075

Goal: 100k

Writing:

Concentration has been a bit awol today, but I got decent words written.  That’s all I can ask for :)

Real life:

Not much, since I am exhausted (damn infections).  I did manage to henna my hair, though.  Oh, the glamour!

Total words for 2009: 27,939

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Today’s progress:

Project: Thought and Memory v5.

New words: 2,036

Total words: 7,075

Goal: 100k

Writing:

Concentration has been a bit awol today, but I got decent words written.  That’s all I can ask for :)

Real life:

Not much, since I am exhausted (damn infections).  I did manage to henna my hair, though.  Oh, the glamour!

Total words for 2009: 27,939

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Today’s progress:

Project: Thought and Memory v5 (which is really only version 2 after a major change).

New words: 2,641

Total words: 2,641

Goal: 100k

Writing:

I am really excited about working on this novel again, which is a good sign.  There are some major holes that need to be fixed, and my mind is spinning with all the different options right now.

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at this manuscript, and I’m pleased that I still like the concept and the characters.  That makes me a happy writer girl.

It’s weird to look at it as draft five.  Originally, I had two different stories intertwining in this novel.  Last draft, I yanked out one entirely.  I hope to be able to write a companion book to this one with that storyline.  And maybe a third book where the two meet.  I’m a sucker for trilogies, it seems.

Also, this novel needs a new name.  I have no idea what it is yet.

Real life:

Getting up early failed this morning, mostly due to sleep interruptions due to the husband getting called out to work.  I won’t complain, because I wasn’t the one who had to actually go *out* and work.  Poor guy hasn’t had hardly any sleep all weekend.  It sucks.

The weather is continuing to suck, too.  Really hot and humid today.  Our air con (evaporative) is just barely working, and allowing me to not melt completely.  Cleaning the house this morning was an interesting exercise, though.  I kind of want to put in a separate reverse cycle cooling unit somewhere on days like today.

Tomorrow is going to be not fun, too.  Weather will be not quite as hot, but just as humid.  And I have a doctor’s appointment smack in the middle of the day.  I don’t know if any decent work is going to get done tomorrow.  We’ll see.  Maybe I can keep my brain cool enough :)

Total words for 2009: 23,491

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Today’s progress:

Project: Thought and Memory v5 (which is really only version 2 after a major change).

New words: 2,641

Total words: 2,641

Goal: 100k

Writing:

I am really excited about working on this novel again, which is a good sign.  There are some major holes that need to be fixed, and my mind is spinning with all the different options right now.

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at this manuscript, and I’m pleased that I still like the concept and the characters.  That makes me a happy writer girl.

It’s weird to look at it as draft five.  Originally, I had two different stories intertwining in this novel.  Last draft, I yanked out one entirely.  I hope to be able to write a companion book to this one with that storyline.  And maybe a third book where the two meet.  I’m a sucker for trilogies, it seems.

Also, this novel needs a new name.  I have no idea what it is yet.

Real life:

Getting up early failed this morning, mostly due to sleep interruptions due to the husband getting called out to work.  I won’t complain, because I wasn’t the one who had to actually go *out* and work.  Poor guy hasn’t had hardly any sleep all weekend.  It sucks.

The weather is continuing to suck, too.  Really hot and humid today.  Our air con (evaporative) is just barely working, and allowing me to not melt completely.  Cleaning the house this morning was an interesting exercise, though.  I kind of want to put in a separate reverse cycle cooling unit somewhere on days like today.

Tomorrow is going to be not fun, too.  Weather will be not quite as hot, but just as humid.  And I have a doctor’s appointment smack in the middle of the day.  I don’t know if any decent work is going to get done tomorrow.  We’ll see.  Maybe I can keep my brain cool enough :)

Total words for 2009: 23,491

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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I think that perhaps Reqiuem isn’t fully formed enough in my mind to be written right now.  I have some great ideas for it, but the flesh of it isn’t there yet.

I hate to admit this, since I’ve spent a good amount of time flailing away at it.  But I think it needs to go back to the men in the basement for a while.

Instead, I think I shall return to edits of Thought and Memory, which needs some serious beating into shape.  And plotting out it’s companion book (and finding a better title for it).  And plotting the sequels to Shaede (which do have names – Daemon and Fae).

And a quick note to all of those who have been awesome and done beta reading for me – if I can return the favour at any stage, let me know?  I really appreciate your work so, so much.  I owe you guys a lot.  I have been bad with betaing stuff in the past, but I want to make an effort to improve on that.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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I think that perhaps Reqiuem isn’t fully formed enough in my mind to be written right now.  I have some great ideas for it, but the flesh of it isn’t there yet.

I hate to admit this, since I’ve spent a good amount of time flailing away at it.  But I think it needs to go back to the men in the basement for a while.

Instead, I think I shall return to edits of Thought and Memory, which needs some serious beating into shape.  And plotting out it’s companion book (and finding a better title for it).  And plotting the sequels to Shaede (which do have names – Daemon and Fae).

And a quick note to all of those who have been awesome and done beta reading for me – if I can return the favour at any stage, let me know?  I really appreciate your work so, so much.  I owe you guys a lot.  I have been bad with betaing stuff in the past, but I want to make an effort to improve on that.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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