April 3rd, 2006



I will not post this until I've hit 2K or the end of the chapter, the latter being preferable. I'm at around 1200 words right now, and am taking a small break to think about where the next scene should be set, because it can't be set in the obvious place due to reality not working that way. Ten years ago, maybe, but in today's political climate, nope. Has to be somewhere else. Possibly somewhere civilians can get injured. :)

Trying to convince myself I'm not actually STARVING MEOW MEOW MEOW. The problem with a. getting up early and b. trying not to overeat is that by 11am one is very hungry, even if one had breakfast. And hell, I didn't get up /that/ early. Just early compared to when I've been getting up lately...

Speaking of STARVING MEOW MEOW MEOW, we got a new cat food that Lucy does not like at all. Lucy's lost a noticeable amount of weight in the last two weeks, presumably because she is now only eating as much as she needs, instead of as much as she wants. She's spending a great deal of time being *very* lovey and running around our ankles and meowing pathetically in hopes of getting The Good Food. But since this food doesn't seem to be disturbing Zilli's delicate intestinal track, and Lucy's losing weight on it, we're thinkin' we're going to be MEAN HUMANS and keep them on this food. MEAN HUMANS.

Hm. I bet I can set this scene on the train. They'll just have to time it properly so they don't get arrested... :)

My shoulder's getting fed up with me working at the laptop. Physical discomfort is not enough to stop me from writing yet, and after I'm done with this chapter I have plans to walk into Cobh and do some errands, which will get me away from the keyboard for a while. That'll help. Then I can come home and write some more. It'll all be good. But I'll be happy to get this book done and spend some time finishing unpacking and things so I can get Nook set back up and work on /that/ keyboard instead of the laptop.

I spent a fair amount of time yesterday figuring out my writing schedule. There are two schedules. One is the schedule of when everything is Actually Due. That one is dangerous. The other one is the schedule of when I need to have things done in order to not get caught in this "Augh, book due at the end of next week" thing that I've had with COYOTE DREAMS and now PHOENIX LAW (though with PHOENIX, it was absolutely inevitable). By the time I was done with the This Is How It Must Be schedule, I could barely remember when things were Actually Due, which is good. The further out they're due, too, the less clearly I can remember the drop-dead duedate. With any luck I'll keep myself good and fooled about the whole thing.

Oddly, I find it less overwhelming to look at the working schedule than the Actual Schedule.

Boy. I was looking forward to walking into Cobh, because it was clear and sunny and beautiful out. Now it's grey and dismal and threatening rain. Darn it.

Back on my head.

thinks to do:
1. find envelopes
2. get apples, grapes, mushrooms
3. laundry
4. go to the bank to:
    - change address
    - see about loans
    - get IBAN & routing numbers

(an hourish later): There we go. Chapter 19 done. Time to shower, eat, errand and come back for more writing and laundry. I may hit something along the lines of 58K today. Go team go!

(no subject)

"You're a noob," she said.

"What's a noob?"

"You are!" she replied with the infallible cheer of circular logic.

I've had that circulating in my head for the last twenty minutes. There's no place for it in this book. (Shocking, I know.) Perhaps getting it out into the blog will release my brain from its evil ways.

Back on my head.
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cat exploded!

It turned out to be a cat exploded kind of writing day. I didn't quite write two full chapters (more like 1.75), but I got 4200 words done, hit page 250, and am stopping in the middle of a fight/chase scene that'll be easy to pick up tomorrow.

Page 250 is something of a landmark page. Even on longer books, it's kind of the sign that there might be an end to this damned thing somewhere, but on the Bombshells, which are 360 pages max, it means you'd better have your shit together because you have less than thirty thousand words left.

In fact, I have about 21,000 words left. The Bombshells are being turned in now by exact wordcount instead of 250wpp x number of pages (360 pages=90,000 words, but my last two Bombshells, which were both 355 pages, were 78,500 words in actual count), due to discrepancies in fonts, margins, etc, etc, etc, used by different writers. (There's a hell of a wordcount difference between a 360p ms turned in in Courier 12pt with 1.5" margins and one turned in in Times New Roman with 1" margins, f'rex, and that was causing problems with the ... forget the official words. Line height and typeset and margins, anyway, in the books themselves.) I'm at 57K right now, and see no reason to not expect PHOENIX to come in at just about exactly the same wordcount the other two did. Furthermore, I'm writing at the top end of the exact wordcount; they're supposed to be about 75K, with 5K range on either side of that. So I've got about 21K left. 6 or 7 chapters and the epilogue. Chugga chugga chugga. I love this job. :)

I started season 5 Highlander the other night. It was interesting to see Tracy Scoggins as Cassandra again, since the last time I saw her was as ... whatever her name was, the commander on season 5 Bab5. My image of Cassandra had gotten conflated with the image of the commander, who ... well, I donno how much plastic surgery Scoggins had done, or if her hair was just so tight it made her eyes bug out, but I thought she looked like a Barbie doll whose scalp had melted and stretched the face when they put the hair on. Consequently, I tend to think that the *idea* of Cassandra is more lovely than the *actual* Cassandra...which is still true, but it turned out she wasn't as drawn and tense as the commander character, so I was happy to see that. I wonder what she'll look like halfway through the season with the Horseman episodes.

Interestingly (to me, anyway), though, I'm not all that interested in watching Highlander right now. I think I'm writing the wrong kind of book. *laugh* I started watching La Femme Nikita, the first three episodes of which aren't exactly awe-inspiring with their brilliance, but it's apparently considerably more my speed right now. Go figure: I'm writing action-adventure romance, not fantasy, and it's the action-adventure romance tv that appeals to me. :) Maybe if I watch Gilmore Girls I'll be able to write chicklit!

In, you know. My copious free time. Maybe I'll post my schedule for people to look horrified over, one of these days. :)
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