Untangling

As expected, I got no real words tonight. I did get several chapters of untangling done, in simple line-per-scene style.

I’m going to have to toss stuff. I think I’ll have some I can keep, too, though.

And I’m fried, so I’m going to go to bed.

Hope your words are going well.

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  • esj Sep 29, 2009 @ 23:56

    finally, got back to it. Had an over the weekend customer emergency then local drama with chronic pain disabled partner and other crap.

    Sight unseen: 400 words.

    I had some loose ends dangling. The ending is starting to smell a bit rancid. It still feels like the right place to end but, the stuff around it isn’t wonderful. Diane, the super nurse (almost a doctor because she is an emancipated woman instead of bound to husband or father) was a mirror for Julia one of the main characters. Now, she’s becoming a lot more involved. if you’ve ever dealt with disabled people and a caretaker, it’s not uncommon for the caregiver to adopt a rule of intercepting or interpreting all communications between the disabled person and the outside world. in a nutshell, she takes the action that Julia can’t and Albert won’t.

  • T.C. Sep 29, 2009 @ 21:11

    Well,

    I know taking one day off will destroy the writing habit which is what I want to build, however, I have written nothing today, and judging from what I am feeling won’t get any yet this evening.

    A lot of plots and scenes running through my mind but nothing coming out, hoping for a better day tomorrow.

    I have to revive my MC that has “died.”

  • Don Sep 29, 2009 @ 18:23

    Got 476 real words thigs are going really well.

  • Beverly Sep 29, 2009 @ 15:19

    Monday was 1012. I’m shocked that I got that many. It was Manic Monday.

  • Cecelia Westrich Sep 29, 2009 @ 15:19

    Skipped working yesterday because a day full of activities left me tired and then my old friend, Mr. Headache, put in an appearance. But today I rolled on to 1486 words!! So proud of myself. Feel like this is moving again. Kevin is still the subject — trying to get the reader to see him as Peg does. He is going to be wrongly accused of murder, I want the reader to be sympathetic to him, but I also want them to fully understand why Peg is so sympathetic to him, and bellieves in him so deeply. Re-reading some of what was an earlier attempt to accomplish this, I see that I was too superficial, too unwilling to let myself go when it comes to really delving into who Kevin is and, just as important, who Peg is. And why these two have clicked as they have.

  • Greg Sep 29, 2009 @ 14:08

    Zero words for me today, but that’s because circumstance has forced me to revise my working days for this week to Tue-Sat…

  • SCBrazil Sep 29, 2009 @ 14:00

    821 words of a thoroughly enjoyable chase scene today. I wanted to do more but decided to let it stew. The flavours will mingle better and then I’ll stir it up with a fresh spoon tomorrow.
    This first part of my story is drawing to a close, I have one more conflict to set up.
    Time for lunch.

  • Sarah Sep 29, 2009 @ 13:06

    212 words last night, despite being utterly exhausted. It felt good to get something down.

  • Minze Sep 29, 2009 @ 9:07

    531 words today. The corpse has been identified, and I’m wondering what’s to happen next. Hm.

  • Peggy Sep 29, 2009 @ 8:30

    Not quite 200 words Tuesday. The detective’s girlfriend has just found out her grandfather chose to put himself in a coma. Wait’ll she sees what that does to all of her plans.

    • Peggy Sep 29, 2009 @ 8:31

      MONDAY. I meant MONDAY.

      Ish. No idea what today’s word count will be (I didn’t have a flashforward….)

  • HannaBelle Sep 29, 2009 @ 8:21

    Took a few days off of writing. No words to report.

  • Khena Sep 29, 2009 @ 8:16

    1030 words for me. The scene I was writing took me all day, in little writing sections, and I’m still not done, but it’s turning out well. It started out with my characters deciding if they should go warn the king like they planned, or go after the sorcerer who kept sending assassins after them to kill them. Then one of my characters hit on the real problem: what are they going to do with the assassin they captured and questioned?

    Which is when one of my characters really surprised me. He’s fully convinced they should just kill him and be done with it because of what he is, and how happy he is about it. After all, it’s what the rulers of both their countries would do anyway, so what’s the problem?

    So my task for today is to finish up that scene, and decide the fate of the murderous assassin. Will my little group, on a mission from the gods, kill him? Will he kill himself? Or something else I haven’t thought of?

    Argg!!

  • Larkk Sep 29, 2009 @ 7:21

    Typed in the last of the words that I still had in the notebook. 3018 (mostly old) words patching together the scene that I wrote in the wrong order. The scene is actually about one of the main characters in my next book, the Nano, and so it worked out to be kind of a good transition to my next project πŸ™‚
    Read the 101 worst problems with first drafts, and will try not to make as many the next time out! Yikes!
    The wind is howling outside; it’s a great night to be inside writing.

  • Cat (from HtTS) Sep 29, 2009 @ 5:25

    1664 words on my translation. I also did some pre-planning for my next project. It’s going to be a fantasy-mystery. I did some research and although there aren’t many books with this genre-mix there are some that seem to be successful enough. Still, I’ll probably advertise it as fantasy. Should be easier.

    Another 771 words on my WIP and I am nearing the end of Part II. I’m a bit annoyed that I’m nearly 3000 words short on this part but that might still change when I tackle the last scene (the next one). After all, it is a fight and a love confession so it surely will raise the wordcount.

    • The Pencil Neck Sep 29, 2009 @ 11:36

      I don’t read much mystery so I don’t know the genre very well. But I love Brust’s Jhereg series. I would think they would be considered a Fantasy/Mystery series with the a bit of science fiction thrown in.

      If you haven’t read them, I suggest you check them out. Especially the first couple of books.

      • Adam Sep 29, 2009 @ 12:12

        i wouldn’t classify Brust’s Taltos series as mystery at all (my favorite series in the fantasy genre, and only slightly behind Herbert’s original Dune series overall). They are more of a fantasy/crime genre, and only get better as the series goes along (Iorich comes out in January). The mystery in Brust’s work is generally not the centerpiece of the novel, but more of a device that complicates Vlad’s ability to directly deal with whoever is after him. Also, Vlad tends to solve his problems through alot of intuition and lucky guesses, which may not be the best model for a fantasy/mystery.

        They are all short reads (think the longest one has taken me was 3 hours to read) as they rarely hit 200 pages in total, but the world is fantastically rich and unique in its flavor.

        • The Pencil Neck Sep 29, 2009 @ 12:32

          Crime is considered a subgenre of Mystery, isn’t it? For me, this series is almost like a Fantasy/Hardboiled sort of thing, which is really cool.

    • Gabby Sep 30, 2009 @ 10:32

      Oh, see I consider Harry Potter a fantasy mystery series. There is always an over-arching mystery throughline for each book. And look how well those sold… :))

  • Ieva Sep 29, 2009 @ 4:02

    I did some 300+ words on Monday, nothing much or serious, but that moved the plot forward.

  • Mark Sep 29, 2009 @ 3:55

    No words for me tonight, or at least none that count. I’ve got to do some plotting.

  • Julian Adorney Sep 29, 2009 @ 3:18

    No words tonight.
    I spent the day rereading the first 4 chapters of Part 1 of my novel. Its not the glorious, perfect, best-thing-since-Tolkein piece I remember writing. Its not total shit either.
    I’m gonna finish reading tomorrow, then get down to editing. Seven chapters. If I edit one a day, I’ll have something to show for myself in a week. Can’t wait!

  • Treelight Sep 29, 2009 @ 2:46

    After a hilarious dinner with my work-collegues I was so stuffed that I could barely move. Not even to write. Yes, even my mind was stuffed. Actually I was afraid that I was going to be sick.
    Some hours of sleep made everything better, however. And since I went to bed earlier than usual, I was awake early enough to still get some words done.

    I liked how my previous scene ended with Larasse jumping after Cathrine. But I just didn’t feel like continuing his POV or the one of Gesem and his victim right away. After all, it always helped best to get the words flowing more easily again with a little change of scene.
    So now we are back with Jheyrien, who still has some catching up to do. I’m not sure if I should put much more problems in his path, because he needs some strength left to deal with the kidnapper.
    Anyway, this makes 304 words for me.

  • The Pencil Neck Sep 29, 2009 @ 1:54

    1168 words – pre-plotting.

    Some sad family stuff is going down right now so I’m not sure how the next week is going to go.

    Got about an hour in on my secondary lead character, The Bodyguard. I’m not sure if I’m going to have him be a romantic foil for The Princess or not. I doubt it but I have to think about it. He’s a follower and he knows it. He’s totally loyal to the Crown so after he’s saved the Princess’ life once or twice and she’s saved his, he’s going to have a big choice to make about where his loyalties lie when the Queen makes her play for the throne. And he takes loyalty very, very seriously.

    • Cat (from HtTS) Sep 29, 2009 @ 4:19

      I’ll think about you and hope that the sad stuff will resolve itself. Your new project sounds interesting.

    • Beverly Sep 29, 2009 @ 15:18

      Yeah, Cat pretty well summed it up. Thinking of you and hoping that things turn out the way you are hoping.

  • Teri Sep 29, 2009 @ 1:06

    518 words, and the body count is rising. The scouts were further away than Taskh expected them to be, but once he found them it was easy enough to get past their defences. They trusted him, after all.

  • Leah Sep 29, 2009 @ 0:26

    1216, and past the bugger-bear scene! It turned out alright. I’m happy enough to where I can move on and make adjustments later. It was an important scene, so we all know how those can go. Just happy! I’m finally back on track!

  • Clare K. R. Miller Sep 29, 2009 @ 0:20

    Didn’t write over the weekend, but I think I’m back into the groove of things now. 581 words. Cricket still doesn’t like the elf. Ernest does, but keeps getting rebuffed…

  • Jessica Sep 29, 2009 @ 0:07

    2555 for Monday. Certainly one of my best days on this WIP! And I’m kicking the cold, although that unfortunately means I’m back to work tomorrow. I just sat down to write and then couldn’t stop going.

    FMC heard the government’s offer, which frightened the hell out of her when she realized what they could and would take away. She accidentally flipped a bus over (by magic), ran like a possessed madwoman back to James and her mother, spilling every secret she meant to keep. A very shocked and disturbed mother decides to give her daughter some space – although to FMC it’s more like being abandoned. But as it turns out her secret rendezvous with the villain is a good thing for James. He sends her back to the villain for more lessons on portals.

    FMC now has 3 days: to learn how to make a portal without exploding, to come up with a plan to avoid being captured by the government, to convince her mother she is not crazy, to figure out a way of getting her fiance’s ashes to Mexico, and get her life back to normal. 3 days to the point of no return and all hell to break loose. 3 days to say goodbye to Earth.

  • Jim Mitchel Sep 29, 2009 @ 0:00

    Chapter 11 continues.

    The group of heroes arrive at an area where an ancient magical battle took place. The area is permanently scarred from that battle. Magic no longer functions there, and life, of any kind, does not live or grow there. The area is littered with ancient magical siege weapons. It’s a strange place where time, emotion, and thought intertwine.

    Obviously, the group is rather nervous about going inside.

    Word count: 312

  • Adam Sep 28, 2009 @ 23:45

    didn’t get a whole lot of new writing done. went back through the second section, re reading and editing a few sentences that didn’t work, removing references from a dream sequence that i cut. also read through to get a solid grasp on where the MC was and what needed to happen next.

    250 words, all setting up to the main scene for this section.

  • Michelle Sep 28, 2009 @ 23:35

    Whoa, I’m first…this is a first! πŸ™‚

    310 for me. I very much did not want to write when I sat down, then it came out in about 30 minutes and I LOVE what I got. This blog is such a great daily kick in the pants. Thanks again, Holly.

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