April 13th, 2010

writing_surrenderms

at a quarter to ten

At a quarter to ten, to ten, today, at a quarter to ten today, the dragon will come at the beat of the drum at a quarter to ten today.

I had every intention of going back to sleep this morning, but a couple of scene ideas dropped into my head, and I decided I’d better get up and write them before I lost them, since they were of significant use in developing the last third of this book. So by 10 after 8 I had 750 fresh new words written and a page of notes on how to finish the book. By 9 I’d eaten breakfast, gotten bread started, and was busy revising a chapter. Now, at a quarter to ten, the chapter is revised (technically meaning my work is done for the day), I’ve done about 1250 words and the book has, hallelujah, broken 70K. I am having mad visions of most of another chapter written by noon.

I’m also afraid to, like, stop and take a shower, for fear it will break my streak. Possibly this will be one of those rare days which everyone assumes writer lives are always like, wherein I never get out of my pyjamas or into the shower (though really I doubt it. It may take til noon or twelve-thirty to get dressed, but I really don’t like spending the day in my own grime, so).

*scoots back to work*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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go me.

Apparently I ate my Wheaties this morning or something, because I had 3K written by noon and finished the day with 5200 words. Furthermore, thanks to that one chapter mostly requiring revision rather than writing, the book, which was at 67K last night, is now at 76K. I will not finish it by Friday, which was when I hoped to have it done, but there’s some hope I might get it done by next week.

Then I went out into the…well, not sunshine, really, but at least daylight, and finished reading an ARC of Jackie Kessler & Caitlin Kittredge’s SHADES OF GRAY, sequel to last year’s superhero novel BLACK AND WHITE, which book I enjoyed enormously. SHADES OF GRAY, however, blew it out of the water. It’s out in July. Preorder it now. :)

I believe my evening will be made up of bibbling tiredly and watching Stargate: Universe. Oh, and wishing my parents a happy 42nd wedding anniversary! :)

p.s.: Ted made an incredible dinner of bacon-wrapped breast of chicken stuffed with mushrooms, churiso and brie on a carrot-parsnip puree with a side of spinach. *collapses in gastronomic delight* I love my husband. O.O

ytd wordcount: 138,900

(x-posted from the essential kit)