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Archive for November, 2008

Progress Report, in which I go mobile

Finished the third draft of Petra last week, and began work on the synopsis.

I might have mentioned that I hate writing synopses.  In fact, I don’t know a single writer who doesn’t.  Nonetheless, it’s a necessary evil.

After a day or two of mostly staring at a blank page, trying to figure out how to condense 80K words into a thousand or so, I decided to just get it down on paper and worry about cutting it afterward.  I had hoped to be done with it by now, but real life intervened, requiring an unplanned road trip yesterday. 

The day wasn’t a complete loss, though.  The wife suggested I try to work on my laptop while she drove.  I had my doubts, as reading in a car gets me motion sick very quickly.  Actually, though, it worked pretty well.  That whole learning how to touch-type thing really came in handy.  I didn’t accomplish as much as I would have sitting at my computer at home, but it was much better than nothing.  Perhaps this was a baby step in the direction of becoming more mobile, more flexible with where I do my writing.  And that’s a good thing.

I’m off work all this week, using up some PTO, so I hope to accomplish many things.  One can dream, right?

No updates for Write Club.

Back to the synopsis . . . 

Progress Report, in which I harsh my own buzz

Twenty chapters of Petra revised, as of yesterday.

Now that’s more like it.

Seems I have indeed found my rhythm.  I wish I could have found it sooner, but you know.  It’s a process, right?

I also have to say that upon further review, Petra is a pretty decent novel.  It just works.  I think I got lucky with this one.  Of course, publishers reserve the right to feel otherwise, but I’m damned pleased with it.

Petra Released, on the other hand, is a mess.  I shudder at the thought of returning to it, if only because I know I have a lot of straightening up to do.  But on the other hand, I kind of look forward to shaping it into the novel I intended to write.

Ah, but those are thoughts for another time.  No point in harshing my own buzz.  Besides, I still need to finish the clean-up of Petra, then write the synopsis–which, if past experience is any guide, will be no fun at all–and get some queries in the mail.  I’m hoping to have all that done by Thanksgiving.

So.  Lots to do.  

No updates for Write Club.

Outta here . . . 

Another Reason to Subscribe to HBO

This is majorly awesome news.

Big fan of these books, me.  Would love to see them done right.  Fingers crossed . . .