January 29th, 2007


last post on this topic for a while, promise :)

I suspect you, my loyal readers, are no actual help at all, or at least, not in the practicality of finances department. I have decided against the Bergen boots, even though they are very sexy, because I less need very sexy boots than ones I can walk in. Consequently, I somehow ended up buying a pair of the brown leather Cavalios, which are also riding style boots and which cost more than either the Ravennas (which they don't have in my size) or the Bergens. *squints at you all* This is all somehow your fault.

I ordered the other two pair, too. The Ravennas and the Cadizes. Odds of sending them *all* back because they're not wide enough are probably very high, but what the hell. Worth a shot, right?

Ok, having indulged in way too much retail therapy, I need to go work on my book so somebody'll pay me so I can afford all the shoes I just bought... :)

writerly quirks

The best thing about being married to somebody who lives with a writer--well, actually, no, not the best thing, but a useful thing--is that being married to someone who lives with a writer means the someone can tell you your bizarre habits and patterns that you're completely unaware of.

For example, I have a 6-8 week interest period for any given project. Ted pointed this out to me a couple years ago, give or take. I had no idea, although as soon as he said it I went, "Huh, he's right." Pretty much any given project, I want to have more or less completed the rough draft in 6 weeks, 8 at the absolute outside. If I haven't, then I get bored and grumpy and hate it and don't want to work on it anymore. I want something new and fresh and interesting. And then it can take several months for me to get interested in the original project again.

Most books don't take me six weeks to write, unfortunately. They usually seem to take about 3 months, maybe 4, and *often* those months are spread out over a great deal more elapsed time than writing time would indicate.

That's part of why this 20 page a day challenge thing is interesting to me. My thought process right now is to do the challenge for these 2 weeks, then take the next couple weeks more slowly--maybe aim for 100 pages over 2 weeks instead of 200--and then do another two week burst after that. If that *works*, I may be on to something as a rough draft process. My writing, on a day to day basis, tends to be pretty erratic, and always stacked toward the end of the book-is-due period, which isn't ideal. I don't think I've ever *tried* a 5 day a week work work week with deliberate weekends and Making Time For Me around writing the books. So I'm interested to see how this goes over the next month or so.

ted, hero of the revolution

Ted brought me home a little lamp for my office, so my ability to write is no longer dependent on the quality and quantity of light outside (I don't much like overhead lights in rooms when it's dark outside. Does funky things to my eyes.) So, despite getting a late start, I have gotten my chapter written for the day. Ted is a hero of the revolution. Yay Ted! :)

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