|I was up until 2:20 a.m. working on a new scene. Bounced ideas back and forth, used just about every plot trick I know (including finishing up a pair of Dark and Stormy Night Socks I was knitting. It’s amazing how two or three rounds every time you get stuck ads up to socks in a hurry. And knitting is nowhere near as distracting as solitaire for trying to kick ideas loose.), and finally figured out how to solve one particularly thorny problem. Created a monster who gives me the creeps—especially since I know how he became a monster (a bit of horror that will come out later in the book). I’m making excellent progress through the story—I’m still on schedule to finish on time, and I really like the depth the new material is adding. I’m not having an easy time, though, and the 24th is creeping up inexorably. Long days and the unending puzzle of figuring out where to add in new scenes, how to blend them with the old ones, how to keep the very tight story timeline smooth and untangled, how much new worldbuilding to introduce, how and where to deepen characters, and on and on are taking their toll. I’m just constantly tired.
I think my goal after I wrap this up is going to be about three days of straight sleep.