June 19th, 2006


the morning report

I am, even as I type, printing out the 89 pages of HOUSE OF CARDS manuscript I have written.

*pauses to do this, so what I'm saying is true*

Ok, there, it's printing.

My goal today is to go through the rough, which has to be done on paper, not screen, and...fix things. Rewrite what I've got, add scenes, spend as much time as necessary writing notes in the margins about things I had ideas for while doing HoS revisions. I hope that at the end of the day I will have 100 pages of manuscript instead of 89. (85, with silly A4 paper.) I don't know if I'll manage it, but I do know I won't if I keep sitting here reading news reports, which is what I'm doing now. :)

thinks to do today:
1. house of cards revisions
2. bring the movie to the p.o.
3. call to set up riding lesson
4. eat well

well, that's...better.

That didn't work exactly how I hoped it would. Reading the first 6.5 chapters (which is as much as I had written) determined that the first three were really incredibly bad. Not all of them, but big chunks. So I cut out the big chunks, which proved to be...oh, I don't know. More than a chapter. Probably about a chapter and a half. 20 or more pages out of like 40 or 45. (Oi.) And rearranged and rewrote and ended up about 1300 words short of where I'd been this morning, but with a much, much better opening to the book. I'll deal with the next forty pages tomorrow; hopefully I'll be able to just do a few line edits and then charge forth. Boy. That was pretty bad. I'm glad I printed it out so I could fix it. (See? I *can* be taught!)

I have not, however, accomplished anything else. This is the problem with writing: when I'm writing, it supercedes all else and I don't feel like anything else is important enough to bother with. I need to work on that.

But hey, at least the opening to the book is revised. :)

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