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Haven't posted wordcount in a while, so here's our old friend the green wordcount meter to update you on my progress. Finally got some work done on A Lamentation of Swans after a hiatus of several weeks while I worked on other stuff and mostly fell into a sort of slump, writing-wise.

Today saw me being very productive during a writing jam with [livejournal.com profile] owldaughter: I fixed my "drowning" scene to my satisfaction and began the next scene, for a total of nearly 3,000 extra words. To say that I'm pleased with my progress would be putting it mildly.

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30,104 / 100,000
(30.1%)
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I have had two very productive writing jams in a row. Last night was my quickly-becoming-regular writing jam with [livejournal.com profile] toughlovemuse, which pretty much guarantees me about 1,500 words per session. So no matter what, I can always write the equivalent of one instalment of either one of my serials while I'm there. That's always a good feeling. Also, 1,666 words is the minimum requirement per day for NaNoWriMo, and that's generally the benchmark I set myself for any given writing session (unless I'm at work, at which point any writing at all is a bonus because, y'know, work has to come first).

So after not touching A Lamentation of Swans since last Wednesday, I wrote about 1,700 words, yesterday, and over 5,000 words today. So I've hit 27k, I've written the drowning scene, my heroine is unconscious. Now I have to deal with the aftermath and get the survivors to a point where it's okay for weddings to proceed and for the story to continue as a result. Let's just hope I don't lose my momentum with this. Right now the story is eating my brain, so much so that I'm finding it hard to concentrate on writing anything else at all.


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27,150 / 100,000
(27.2%)
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Today was quite productive, if I do say so myself. :::preens::: Got a whole bunch of work done on" A Lamentation of Swans."

The prince came a-courtin', as planned, and is starting to develop into a much nicer character than I originally envisioned. I'm having a bit of trouble with the transition between the current situation and the events that will lead up to Branwen's death. For one thing, the characters won't shut up no matter how much I try to make them. Also, the prince is proposing to Anne somewhat earlier than I anticipated. I thought he would wait until after the "accident" (a long time after), but it turns out he's sort of in a hurry. This isn't a huge deal: after all, he has to ask the father's permission to officially pay court to Anne, then he has to get his own parents' permission to marry (she's not even close to being near his rank, although she is technically noble-born), and then there will be lots and lots of preparations for the royal wedding. Plenty of time in which to stage a seduction followed by a murder.

I got about 4,500 words written at work, and about 1,500 during the writing jam with [livejournal.com profile] toughlovemuse, which is about standard for me, for a total of a little over 6,000 words in all. I am very pleased with today's progress.

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20,035 / 100,000
(20.0%)


The way things are going, the seduction ploy ought to take up the next few thousand words, and then we'll actually get to the murder scene. All in all, I think this first half of the book ought to be within 35 to 50,000 words, which will be right about at the halfway mark if I've worked this out properly. It is all to the good.
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So I've come up with a tentative title for my current project/obsession. At least I won't be calling it the "Swan Story" anymore. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] toughlovemuse, who looked up the collective noun for "swan" for me earlier today.

I worked on the story during last week's writing jam, but didn't update my wordcount, and worked on it again today when I had a bit of time to myself at work.

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14,053 / 100,000
(14.1%)


I'm quite pleased with my progress. I have established most of my main characters, added a whole bunch of swan imagery (imagine my surprise when I realised that, in a book with swans in the title and with swans figuring prominently in the development of the plot, I had written nearly 13,000 words with no mention of swans whatsoever?), and got them about halfway through the royal ball scene.

I had some time to kill while I was at my club tonight volunteering, so I sat with my notebook and figured out a scene on paper which had been bothering me for a while. It was the death scene of the younger sister, and the events immediately preceding and following it.

In which secret_history rambles at length about her new story )

Anyway, that's where I'm at these days. The next bit I have to write is when the prince comes a-courtin'.
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Not entirely surprisingly, more writing has happened in the past few days.

I mentioned over in my main LJ that [livejournal.com profile] toughlovemuse and I had a very good writing jam last night. I am enjoying these sessions a lot, although I worry a bit that I'm a little too chatty for her liking. What can I say? I like to listen to myself talk. This should come as no surprise to any of my readers. :)

I worked on Cal's story today, which I'm halfway tempted to call "To A Discerning Eye," after the Emily Dickinson poem, but I'm vaguely worried that's a little too heavy-handed. Wrote a little over 1,150 words, which isn't bad at all. I'm still a little stuck because of this one scene that I'm dreading writing. Not because I don't want to write it, but because it's such an important scene that I don't want to muff it. Yes, I know, write it and then worry about it only if it turns out to be bad.


Last night I got 2,324 words written on the swan story, and one of the secondary characters decided that he was going to grow a personality and make life difficult for me. I wanted him to be a nice young man who'd eventually grow up into a stolid merchant. Instead, he informed me last night that he was going to be a knight errant and go in search of adventure. It made me want to smack him upside the head, the ungrateful brat. He's supposed to marry the middle daughter and then gracefully fade into the background

I don't even know what knights errant did after they got married. They had no land, right? So what did they do? Did they continue their life of errantry, leaving their wives behind? Did they settle down and figure out something else to do with themselves? Ah, the tribulations of writers... :P


Wrote two more installments of BTP yesterday at work, in between being driven crazy by the CAM and running around actually getting work done. This means I have a one-installment buffer in case something goes very very wrong and I can't write an installment one week. If all goes well I shall continue building up my buffer. Ideally, as I mentioned in a previous post, I'd like to write the next thirty or so installments ASAP, so that I can then turn my attention more fully to other writing projects. Not that I'm tired of BTP, far from it, but I've found that writing bits and pieces of each project a little willy-nilly is not always the best approach. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. There's something to be said for momentum, anyway.


Just because I'm completely insane, I still haven't given up on the idea of using [livejournal.com profile] rocking_thing for a weekly column. There are a number of subjects I could write about. The question is, which one do I choose? Hmm. Maybe I'll post a poll in my other LJ.
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Just numbers ahead, nothing to see here. :)

Beyond the Pale now stands at 145,545 words, with two more instalments written today. I thought about it in my spare time at work, and if I write one instalment a day in June, that'll take me all the way through to the end of November. It was an interesting thought, anyway.

Similarly, about two weeks' consecutive writing of one instalment a day of Conflation would have that taken care of until the end of November.


The temporarily-named Swan Story (I have a few potential titles rattling around in my head, but none that have really caught my attention in a thrilling way yet) is progressing apace.

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5,730 / 150,000
(3.0%)


So that's 2,073 new words today, plus the 3,325 I wrote for BTP. All in all, 5,398 words is pretty damned good for a day's work.

I also realized, to my shock, that Swan Story has to be told in two parts for it to make sense. The first part is the story described in the ballad, and the second part will deal with the fallout. I've never had a book have two parts in my head before. Usually stories are just nebulous clouds that sit at the back of my mind and fester, unresolved.

I worked out some of the plot over my lunch break. The plot for the first part, that is, which is important if I want the second part of the book to make any sense at all. I think I've got the real reason for the murder mostly worked out, as well as how the murderess is found out and punished. My main concern is showing the scene to the readers. I've been writing it from the POV of the middle sister, Gwen, and I can't have her witness the crime, or else the cat will be out of the bag too early. Either I have to present the scene in some other way, or there has to be a compelling reason for her not to tell. She would tell, even if it is her own sister she's condemning. I'm not fond of using magic as a binding force (say, a spell that would prevent Gwen from talking about what she'd seen), even though I'm using magic as a motivating force in the murder itself. Perhaps something will occur to me later. I'm certainly not there yet. My girls haven't even gone to the ball yet.

The other projects didn't get touched today, although I thought a bit about them on the metro to and from work and jotted down some notes. Maybe I'll poke at them tomorrow, maybe I'll just go with my current momentum. Who knows? My life is a rollercoaster of writing thrills. ;)
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I have come to the conclusion that I am definitely insane. Not that this is news to anyone who knows me. However, this kind of insane actually feels kind of nice. It feels good to be writing again.


Let's make a list of current projects:

Behind a cut tag, to spare the friends pages )

Well, it will be something to aim for. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? I likely won't be able to sustain that rate of production, but giving myself an idea of where I'd like each story to be in six months' time is a good start, I think.

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