Friday, September 29, 2006

Fast Draft: Day X+2

The day before I actually managed another page before I went to bed, for a grand total of 10.

And then yesterday, a work day, I managed 14!! Wooo!

I probably could have gotten 20 if I hadn't lost speed in the end.

It also helped that I skipped the bus to and from work, which gave me the extra time I needed.

Okay, now for todays pages!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fast Draft: Day X+1

The past few days I haven't written much of anything. I got majorly stuck. Then my mom helped un-stick me.

Today I got 9 pages. Tomorrow I work, but I'm going to get up early and do my best.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Fast Draft: Day Four

Oy. I spent most of yesterday reading instead of writing. So I got a grand total of 4 pages.

I've got major plotting problems I need to figure out.

I've also got work today, so maybe I should think about them then.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Fast Draft: Day Three

I've got to get better at writing on work days.

I could stay up at this point, it's only 10pm, but I just can't do it.

I've only got about 3-4 pages.

Tomorrow I need to come up with a better blueprint of what I am writing so that maybe I have more willpower to write later into the night.

But for today - this will have to do.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Fast Draft: Day Two

Today I managed a full 20 pages. Some of it definately useless crud which will be tossed. At the same time, by writing it I knew that it wouldn't work, so I won't spend too much time thinking about it or working on it.

I came up with a few things that surprised me and will stay as long as they have a place that fits. Just little moments.

Also, I find that I have a tendancy of writing so fast that I end up with more of a sketch than a real scene. Not much description, even many dialogue tags missing. I'm not sure if this will be a real pain on re-writes, or good. Guess I will find out.

Anyway, I should go to bed soon. I work tomorrow and my chances of doing 20 pages on a work day are more difficult. Best if I get up early and try to get a few before I leave.

Fast Draft: Day One

I, along with my mother, am working on a Fast Draft Challenge. I'm supposed to write 20 pages a day.

Yesterday I wrote 6. A tad disappointing considering I can write at least 10 on a normal day, I was hoping to go above that, still, I was exhausted and low on ideas (excuses, excuses) so that's what I came up with.

Now, lets see how today goes.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Knit Equivalent of the Blue Book

Stupid Realization of the day: I write more without distractions.

And now I present to you the yarn store equivalent of the Blue Book.

"Hello. How can I help you?"

"I'm working on this pattern, the something-or-other shawl. And I want to know when I add the new yarn will it make it longer or wider."

Silence for a moment as I contemplate what on earth this woman is asking.

"What does the pattern say?"

"I don't have the pattern, I left it in North Carolina."

"Would you hold please? Thank you."

I tell my boss what I was just asked and she looks at me as though I were crazy for then asking her. Honestly, I think she might be right but I'm new and there may be some magic I don't know about.

"Thanks for holding. I'm sorry, but you'd really need to bring the shawl and the pattern in for us to be able to tell."

"Well, it looks like it is going to be too small for me and I just wanted to know."

"Different shawls are constructed differently. We'd really need to see it."

"It's page 128 in Laura-something-or-other."

I contemplate the kind of woman who might imagine that at this point I would jump up and search for Laura-something-or-other just so that I could help her in another state when she's left her pattern behind.

"I'm really sorry. We need to see it."

"Well, it's definitely too small for me. Good-bye."

"Different shawls are made differently. It really depends on the pattern."

"Okay. Well. Good-bye."

And I spend the rest of the day trying to imagine a shawl too small to be worn and the degenerate manners of older people.

Friday, September 01, 2006

The Valium Song

On the first night of Valium the little pill gave to me dreams of squirming maggots in my worm bin that were terr-ri-fy-ing.

On the second night of Valium the little pill gave to me dreams of Eunny Jang having a party with me-e-e-e.

On the third night of Valium the little pill gave to me dreams that a giant gorilla was chasing me around the house to kill me and a bonus dream that I was meeting people on a bus trying to get to 11th and 2nd street and this man told me the bus I was going to take was bad.

I think tonight I will skip the Valium.

(I'm taking it for possible jaw-pain-teeth-gnashing issues)

(Yes, this song isn't very good)