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19 October 2006 @ 11:31 am
like pulling teeth...  
One. Slow. Word. After. Another. Forty. Thousand. Times.

Having a bit of rough going getting it *one* thousand times, much less forty. I've got this sloggy bit here and I'm convinced, CONVINCED I TELL YOU, that if I can just bloody well get through it that the rest of the book will just fall into place and I'll charge through the writing of it. I think I've been thinking that for a hundred and twenty pages... And the aggravating bit right now is that if I'm right and once the sloggy part is past, it'll all come tumbling out, that I could potentially finish the damned book in about 3 days, because I know what happens and I know who it happens to and I'm totally capable of a 3-day, 30K stint. It's just, yargh! Maybe I'll start a countdown. Instead of looking at how many words I have left I'll just assume it's about 40K and every thousand words I'll knock that down another K, and feel like I'm progressing. :)

I've got slightly more than half the colors for Chance. Evidently they're slower-going than the colorist expected, 'cause of the quality of the pencils/inks, and he doesn't want to skimp at all. I gotta admit, that's fairly cool. And ZOMG, the page he sent last night had a frame I've been dying to see in color, and it looks every damned bit as cool as I hoped it would. It's almost impossible to tell what's going on in it in B&W, just because of all the lines everywhere, but I think it really works in color. *falls over* :)

I just put eight pages together to make a big ol' background for my desktop, and ... wow. Looking at all of them at once is ... wow. O.O It looks like a comic book. :) Man. The sub date keeps getting put off a little, but boy howdy do I want to get this submitted. I'm kind of thinking probably right after WFC, at this point. I need to finish my *books* so I can do my playtime comic editing!

Two things I thought were funny: one, at Octocon, slovobooks took the time to pause and tell me about a new Rogue figurine, just in case I didn't know about it (I'd picked it up on Friday), and last night mostlymaylone emailed me to say he'd just been reminded of me because somebody'd paid a bill with X-Men checks that had Rogue on them.

Sometimes I love my idiosyncracies. :)

Ok, back to pulling teeth writing.
Current Mood: soreachy
Current Music: smells like teen spirit
ALRUFFalruff on October 19th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
Act II is always a bitch. Not that I'm in a position to tell these things to a published author, but I can tell you my experience. When I wrote my two scripts and the novel, act II never quite fell into place like it should. I always start to lose my mental picture as I go into it, and often times, I opined that I wasn't quite the writer I thought I was. Jess told me she had the same thing happen.

Do you suppose that, as a culture, we don't really know that part of the story by heart?

Alex Out.
(Anonymous) on October 19th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Like Pulling Teeth

I was just wondering, as I read todays post, if you are the kind of writer, (and it appears so), who must write straight through. I'm asking because you said that you know everything that happens after this slow point. why not leave the slow point right where you are, drop down and write out the rest, going back to the slow point when everything else is done? I've had to do this a time or two, and it amazes me how that **mned slow point suddenly is no longer lsow because it worked itself out while I was busy getting the rest down.

Just a thought.

Enjoy this site and your postings, and did finally get my hands on Thunderbird, wow! You just keep getting better and better.


kitmizkit on October 19th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Like Pulling Teeth
I *prefer* to write in order. Mostly I've discovered that if I skip ahead, I tend to forget that I haven't written the part that I was struggling with, and then when I read what I think is the final manuscript I discover a scene or scenes missing and I get really pissed off, instead of just grumpy about slogging through the whole thing. Furthermore, it's not in the slightest bit easier for me to write the sticky point later than it was when I skipped it, so there's really no point. :) Also, writing the fun bits is then kind of a reward for struggling through the awful bits. :)

Oh, yay, glad you got Thunderbird! And COYOTE will be out (relatively) soon! :)
ever so plucky: grinning Kurtaelfsciene on October 19th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
Ooh, which Rogue figure? I feel like I'm falling down on the job, not providing them to you! o.O I'm so out of the loop on toys, it's just weird.
kit: roguemizkit on October 19th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
You're not falling down on anything. :) It's a, um. Tie-in thing with some figurine magazine; they have a magazine for each of the characters they've made a figurine for and you have to buy the magazine to get the figurine. I haven't looked at the magazine, so I can't remember the name. It's just a little 3 or 4 inch tall Rogue. They didn't have a Gambit. :)
ever so plucky: goofy doctoraelfsciene on October 19th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, ok! Well, I certainly didn't know about that one! o.O But my curiousity prompted an eBay search, and it turns out there's a new X-treme X-men Rogue figure that's really awfully nifty. If I, er, didn't already have your Xmas and birthday gifts, you'd be getting one from me!
kit: canthavemizkit on October 19th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Curse you!

-bids on it- :)
ever so plucky: batgirlaelfsciene on October 19th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Eh heh heh heh. My work here is done.

Seriously, though, if I weren't getting rid of 2/3 of my action figures, I'd be looking for one of her myself, because it's a seriously cool sculpt, and I love those glasses!

I may have to swap your Xmas and birthday gifts around, I'm thinking, because of all this...o.O
Pádraig Ó Méalóidslovobooks on October 19th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
I've always thought it's useful to have our friends conspire with us to help further our little eccentricities...