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15 May 2006 @ 05:22 pm
I did a minor redesign on cemurphy.net, and while I've always been happy with the design, I'm considerably happier with it now. There are some (generally minor) issues with it, particularly with IE, and I need to go through the quotes so I'm not spilling over on multi-lined ones, but it's a nice sleek 3 column layout now, and anybody who at one time had trouble with the navigational drop-downs should no longer have problems. I thought the dropdowns were very sexy, but oh well. The fluid 3 column thing is very sexy too. Anyway, there's still work to be done, pages to update and stuff, but overall it's tidier than it was, I think.

Can't afford the second inker I got in contact with, either. *Possibly* if I switched my page rate to euros I would be able to, but argh. Guess I'll keep trying, and go back to the expensive good guys if I can't get satisfaction elsewhere. This is making me pretty grumpy. :P

Actually, I'm feeling pretty crabby all around.

I spent a long time at Nook this morning, getting absofuckinglutely nothing done. I re-read QUEEN'S BASTARD, for two reasons: one, I thought, well, shit, there's no point in having this many books under contract if I can't go try to work on something else if I'm stalling out on one project, and also because I had a kind of half-thought that maybe some of what Matrice is looking for when she says "more sensuality" is lusher language, as she didn't touch on the issue of sexual tension, which is what I dealt with in the last go-around. And TQB is lusher in language, so I thought maybe that was something to look at. As it turned out, I didn't want to work on TQB either, because nothing that's due before it is done, and I want that stuff done before I turn my attention to it. So so much for the multiple projects theory.

When I don't want to work on a book, it means something is wrong. In this case, what I feel is wrong is the...language of the book, I guess. I'm satisfied with the plot and the pacing so far, but I don't feel like I'm writing it correctly, and I *know* I'm going to have to do a huge revision with the writing the way it is, and bleh. That's Wrong. So if I'm not getting any forward motion, there's no point in saying, "I don't want to do revisions until I've got the rough draft done," because until I feel like I'm doing it right I won't get the draft done.

Which means I get to do revisions this week. The more practical thing to do would probably be to do the PHOENIX LAW revisions, because they're due first, and then do HoS and then write HoC. I suspect I'm going to do HoS, PL, and then write HoC. The former two things will, I expect, take up the rest of the month. The PL revisions, like I said, *pssh*. It'll be work, but not overwhelming.

HoS...well. I think I might've hit on something with the lusher language thing. Ted and I were talking about it and we both kind of came around to that.

...just noticed she said "a shade" more sensual. One suspects the writer has been making mountains out of molehills here.


*defensive look* 'm still gonna read my new romances as research.

In non-whinging stuff, I got paid, which is always not only pleasant, but exciting, because one never really knows when one will get paid, as a writer. :) This job is not for the faint-hearted. :) *eyes her whining* It is, however, for the melodramatic, apparently...

debela asked if I knew "To His Coy Mistress", to which I had to reply, indignantly, that I was an English major. *laugh* It hasn't got the raw breathtaking strength of Tennyson's "Ulysses" for me, but it does have one of the finest opening lines in poetry, I think. I need to read more poetry.

Mom & Dad's day of filming went well, and they're curious to see if they end up in the final cut for the scene.

We walked over to the Tivoli Theatre on Francis Street, which was the starting point for the call. I got into my costume fairly quickly - they line you up and you queue until someone can help you get into your corset, see. But then I waited a -very- long time on the hair thing. They decided NOT to put a wig on me. But they went looking for hair switches to match my hair and ended up using three to build ... a bit of a mess. I got on the bus to go to City Hall, where we were shooting, and the woman behind me was apparently the Hair Boss. She had a fit because my hair colors didn't match - wanted to know who'd done that to me, how much of that was my own hair, and wouldn't let me onto the set in that condition. So eventually they redid my hair. And I got to go on set. And we did as we were told for quite some time - getting back to the Tivoli right around 2 for lunch.

We did have some of the stars in our midst at City Hall - Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, someone named Joe Anderson, and someone named Lucy Cohu. Anderson is playing Jane's brother, it would appear, and the Lucy person may be playing his wife. McAvoy's the love interest. Overall, I'd say McAvoy was the only one of them who behaved in a truly professional manner. The other three talked when the director had asked for quiet, didn't stay in their seats when we were asked to, and Anderson must've left 40 times to try to grab a cigarette. Every time he tried, he got called back in within about 30 seconds. Tom says he thought they were demonstrationg that THEY knew more than the rest and that just because the director said something didn't mean it was REALLY time for the cameras to roll.

It was like being at a very long dress rehearsal for a play in which you only have a very small role, but you need to stay there for the whole thing. It was interesting to see how directors and all their cohorts work. Tom now thinks it would be interesting to direct a film, but I think he wouldn't like it much because it's pretty clear that the director doesn't have as much control as a stage director does, and he doesn't like ceding power to even a choreographer or a vocal director. So. :)

Not much else to mention here. We watched a bunch of La Femme Nikita last night, including a couple episodes that made us stab ourselves in the chests with the augh factor, so despite the rough start, we're enjoying the series very much. :) And once we're done with LFN there's more Alias to watch, so we will not be out of babealicious spy chix for a long time to come. Yay! :) (And ooh, hey, season 4 LFN out in June! Yay!)

'k. I'm going to go read a research novel and, er, well, probably watch some more LFN and call it a day.

miles to Isengard: 38.5
Current Mood: better than when i started this entry
Current Music: I would do anything for love
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on May 15th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
Writing is SO. DRAMATIC.
kitmizkit on May 16th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
I'll be over here, digging a pit for me and my pony. *redface*
Shoka RedEarsshoka on May 15th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
At the risk of being smacked, since I tend to critique websites unasked...

The new layout has one bit of wonkiness in the browsers I've tried (SeaMonkey 1.0.1 linux, SeaMoneky1.0 linux, Mozilla 1.7.11 linux). The middle column is very skinny, with only 3-4 words before the line wraps. The right hand column is much wider than it needs to be, with about an inch and a half of margin on the right side.

Otherwise, I like the new look a lot.
kitmizkit on May 16th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
I make it a policy to not worry about browsers I've never heard about. :p :)
dancinghorse: firedancinghorse on May 15th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
I hit the "lush language" block last year with the snakey book for Tor--it kept coming through in what I thought was too basic and unadorned a voice. Made me nuts. Then the structure turned into Celtic knotwork. Finally just said screw it, wrote it the way it was coming, and when I finished and handed it in and winceflinched because I was sure it was teh suckage, Ye Ed luuuuurved it.

So go figure.

Sometimes you just have to soldier on. Knowing l'editrice, I would say all you need is probably about four lines in the right places. Trick is to find the places.

She said, while eyeing blank page labeled "Chapter 1" of book that is Three Bloody Years Late because of the "must be more romantic" block.
kitmizkit on May 16th, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
Sometimes you just have to soldier on. Knowing l'editrice, I would say all you need is probably about four lines in the right places. Trick is to find the places.

You're very likely right. I just wish I could *see* the damned book anymore. My eyes just bleed off the words at this point. *Hard* to find those four places when you can't see what you're doing...

Ye Ed luuuuurved it.

That'd be due to you rocking. :) Good luck beating that nasty blank page into submission. We hates the blank pages, we do, precioussss!
(Anonymous) on May 15th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to let you know that I am about 3/4 of the way through Firebird Deception. I love it and wanted to scream when I had to leave for work this morning. Joyce
kit: catedermodymizkit on May 16th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Yay! :)