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Archive for April, 2013

Progress Report, in which I discuss my navel-gazing prowess

Last week’s travels wreaked the usual havoc on my writing schedule, but I did manage to get some good work done on the From Earth I Have Arisen rewrite.  I suppose finishing it was a trifle starry-eyed of me.

Yeah.  What else is new?

Anyway, I should have it wrapped in the next day or two.  Then I have to jump into the rewrite of either Apocalypse Pictures Presents or “The Winter Palace.”  The original plan had been to work on the former, but that project is, well, a bit daunting.  My main protagonist needs to be redone with a flamethrower, and I don’t know what that will do to the rest of the story.  Meanwhile—news flash!—it’s nearly May.  I really don’t want to lose weeks of potential writing time to a lot of navel-gazing.

Not that I’m knocking navel-gazing, mind you.  I’m a world champion navel-gazer.  But some things I would rather not be good at.

No updates for Write Club.

I’m out.

Progress Report, in which I attempt subtlety

As I’m on the road, I will be brief.

After much consideration, contemplation, cogitation, and perhaps a bit of consternation, I finally got started on the latest rewrite of From Earth I Have Arisen.  While this draft will be nowhere near as involved as the last one, it nonetheless presents its own difficulties.  The big pieces are in place by now, and the rest is largely a matter of fine tuning.  Finesse.  Subtlety.

And y’all know what sensitive, subtle fellow I am.

Anyway, the first two chapters are done, and I’m encouraged by that.

Also had a good time at Constellation last weekend, taking care of some biz, enjoying a Star Wars musical, and discussing matters both literary and geeky.  Much fun.

On deck:  more From Earth rewrite goodness.

No updates for Write Club.

Signing off . . .

Current Music: The fan in the room

Progress Report, in which I compile a laundry list

Finished my read-through of Apocalypse Pictures Presents, and have compiled a laundry list of things to fix.  Have a look:

1.  My main protagonist all wrong, too bland and too whiny.  He has to be much more charismatic and out there in order for the story to work.  Or the story will have to be something completely different.  At this point, I’m not even sure I can pull him off as a viewpoint character.

2. There’s a major plot hole in the second half of the novel that really, really, really needs fixing.  And I’m not sure how to do it.

3.  In chapter 5, I’ll need to retcon in a critical plot point.

4.  One of the principal antagonists’ master plan is kinda stupid.  Needs to be thought through.

5.  And of course, the omnipresent line edits, including distressingly numerous repetitions of certain turns of phrase that I am clearly too fond of.

Item 1 is the biggie.  It appears that I have a substantial rewrite ahead of me, possibly the most ambitious one that I’ve attempted at this length.  It’s not so much my protagonist’s actions that need to change; it’s his personality.  I think I chickened out in the first draft, going for safe, comfortable choices, which has robbed the story of the necessary tension.  Time to get real.

So:  I’m a bit intimidated by the scope of the job ahead of me, but excited by the possibilities if I can do this right.  Already, the hamster wheels are turning.

First, though, I still owe a rewrite of From Earth I Have Arisen.  Then the real fun begins.

Write Club update:  A tier two bounce from an anthology.  Response time, thirteen days.

And with that, I leave you.  For now.

Current Music: "Anthem"--Rush