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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 10:04 pm
The outline is over 6000 words long. The *outline*. And it's only about 2/3 done.

I suppose the fact that I go back and keep adding stuff to the beginning of the outline is good - it's much easier to consistency check the outline. But ugh, I'd hoped to be done with this by the end of October. At this point, the end of the first week of November seems more likely.

So much for trying to do this as part of NaNoWriMo. Perhaps that's a good thing - given how much editors HATE NaNoWriMo stories, I suspect this story will be much improved for a completed and tidy outline.

My inner creative goon would like to have that outline done, however, so I can start writing...
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Monday, April 12th, 2010 09:37 pm
$payingJob *still* eating life, but I got *something* written today.

I'll take it, since there isn't really another option. But I feel a bit like something got unknotted in my head. Not writing is an unhealthy place for me to be.

(Writer's Disease - yeah, I have a terminal case.)
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Friday, January 1st, 2010 10:59 pm
Hopefully, this year, I'll get *something* published. And just to encourage myself, here's the state of the two active novels under development, and the short story that's due in three weeks:

What Would Have Happened
1213 of 5000

Iron Debt
28540 of 80000

A Paradox of Archons
4592 of 80000

That last one would be much more discouraging if I hadn't started it less than three weeks ago. :) Happy New Year folks.
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Saturday, December 26th, 2009 02:51 pm
Iron Debt seems to be stalled out for the moment. I think I will have to let it settle for a bit and come back to it again once I figure out what it is in the background that's driving me berserk. There's a question I haven't asked because I don't know what it is, and once I have the question, the exploration of the answer should help me figure it out. I suspect that one will require a several-hour quiet period of brainstorming in outline to get 'round the block.

A Paradox of Archons on the other hand, is going gangbusters. Just what I need - another novel. ;)

Fortunately, What Would Have Happened (working title - I'm not pleased with it, but perhaps it will find a new title when it's done) came out of the bottom of the stack without a hitch, and the protagonist is now safely ensconced in the kitchen with a rather alarming sorceress who is about to get him into far, far more trouble than he knows. Heh. Heh. Heh. If I'm lucky, he'll have navigated the peril by the time it's BRAWL season again, and I'll have short work to hand off.

But before I go torturing him further, I must feed some starving cats.
juniper: Fuchsia with Fireballs (I am not nice)
Saturday, December 12th, 2009 11:44 am
I like worldbuilding.

I'm building frameworks. Particularly, I'm building broken frameworks for my protagonists to wander around in and go, "What idiot made a universe like THIS? Can't you see that if you just give it a good shove here --" *SHOVE*

*ominous creaking from the set*

"Uh-oh..."

*more ominous creaking*

*evil laughter over the speakers*

"RUN."

In the real world, it is my job to iron-plate everything, to make it impossible to break it, tear it down, or shoot your foot off with it. Therefore, it's a real, honest, evil-wish-fulfilling joy to build something that I know is going to break, know that it's going to break in a big ugly interesting way on my characters, and know that it's SUPPOSED TO DO THAT.

My protagonists don't seem too pleased with me. Fortunately, they haven't found where I locked up the pitchforks yet.
juniper: A stick figure at a typewriter working like mad. (monumental wordcount)
Thursday, December 10th, 2009 05:57 pm
I have an outline of more than 2500 words, all written in the past few days in addition to everything else. I'm not done, either, but I seem to have the first three/fifths done, along with notes on the next fifth.

And I know how it ends. (Gotta have an ending, or I can't write.)

But I really *don't* usually outline like this. I have to, because I have to make sure that I'm not doing terrible things to the plot that will come back and bite me later, but at the same time...it feels weird.

I wonder if I will finish it or just give up in disgust and start writing?
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Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 08:36 am
The fabulous Margaret has gone and got me working on a *different* novel. I talked to her over tea on Sunday night, and muttered about this thing that I'd been working on a long time ago, and blah blah blah, I was stuck.

And she gave me one Word. It was the Word I needed.

Having acquired this Word, I spent over an hour yesterday starting to outline this thing. It's wandered in so many different directions over the years, and there's so much...well, stuff, in there that doesn't need to be there, and isn't central to the story. (And some of it is really awful.)

Looking at it from a critical perspective too, there're plot holes *galore* in there that need clearing out too, and questions that must be answered in my own head, even if they're not down on paper.

Also, must do research, as one of the two protagonists needs to be Not An American. The other one is from a culture that I am creating, which requires worldbuilding - the culture is a bit too nebulous in my head, and I need to know enough of the relevant bits to clear this up.

But the basic story that I came up with, what, 7 years ago? That is usable. And now I have the necessary Word (word of power!) to make it work.

Because, of course, I really needed *another* novel to work on. :}