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*waves sheepishly*

Okay, I suck.

I have decided that "catching up" is ridiculous at this point. So starting in June I am going to resume posting installments of Beyond the Pale every week, on Tuesdays, the way I used to. If I'm extra-inspired, I'll post more, but there will be a minimum of one per week.

If I can figure out where the hell I want to go with Conflation, I'll post that on Thursdays as well.

If I try to "catch up," I'm just going to sabotage myself and feel guilty and stop writing. So! Back to square 1. There is a story to be told, and I am damned well going to tell it!

I have other plot bunnies clamouring for attention in my head too, but I'm not sure what to do with them yet.

Also, I have a new icon! Yay!
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Took Day 5 off, for reasons of mental health. Decided it was NOT worth losing all my sanity for the sake of wordcount. Seriously: GAH!

Okay, with that articulate notion out of the way, I am pleased to report further progress today. Wordcount currently stands at 35,238 words and nearly 100 pages single-spaced.

I spent a good part of today simply brainstorming in my notebook with the nifty blue Pilot pen I bought expressly for this purpose. A flash of inspiration prompted me to go and dig out my copy of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and Other Poems and give it another read-through. After sitting with the poems and my thoughts for the better part of the afternoon, I was able to re-think the way I'd been planning to structur the novel. Instead of simply switching back and forth between "now" and the recent past, I have decided to divide the novel into three parts, inspired partly by "The Waste Land." I decided in a tongue-in-cheek moment that a fairly strong case might be made for the notion that "The Waste Land" is (at least in part) about zombies.

So I restructured my novel, and managed to churn out slightly over 5,000 words today. I made myself stop at 35,000 even though the plot bunnies are hopping around, because I refuse to burn out over this. I am about 200 words ahead of SarahJanet, so my honour is intact for now. I do not need to keep writing.

The insane part of my brain that wants me to hit 50K by Wednesday evening has been told to shut up in no uncertain terms.

If I divide my novel into three parts, each being roughly 35,000 words (I'm nearly at the end of Part I, as far as I can tell), then in order to finish by the 30th of November I'd have to write 3,000 words (and change) per day. I don't know how I feel about that. This is also not including any and all other writing projects I have going on at the same time.

For the record, I'm not setting myself that goal. Even if I could do it (and maybe I can), I don't think it's a healthy one. So I'm going to plug away at the novel at whatever pace feels comfortable on any given day. I am going to stop writing at least every 2,000 words and re-evaluate how I'm feeling. If I'm tired, then I'll stop. Under no circumstances will I stay up past midnight to work on the novel (writing LJ posts doesn't count for that).

These are my new resolutions for NaNo.

There will be no posting of new material tonight, because there are some things I want to fix (ie, wordcount that I want to add) to some of the scenes before I post them. They will go up tomorrow.

Also, tomorrow I have to find some time for the new instalment of BTP. Conflation also needs some TLC this week. Ack! So much writing to do!

Good night, gentle readers! I will see you in the morning.
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Not entirely surprisingly, more writing has happened in the past few days.

I mentioned over in my main LJ that [ 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 [ 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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