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January 22nd, 2013

11:13 am
I'm so close to the end of this project I can taste it.

And I don't know if I'm burnt out, or coming down with something, or if it's the inversion getting to me.

But damn, I'm tired. My head feels heavy, and so do my eyes, and I don't particularly want to move. I have three outlines:

  • My spaceship crew has to install a new AI, mandated by the Feds. Meanwhile, their new job is to transport a meerkat colony (illegally) to a new planet. Wacky fun.

  • A combat vet with PTSD buys a house next to a cemetery with the premise that "at least the neighbors are quiet." Turns out, not so much. This might turn more toward horror.

  • A reverse heist in which an intrepid crew has to leave a talking cat in a dragon cave.


Hubby thinks I should do the cemetery story, because he thinks it will be short. The problem with that is that it's the least detailed of the outlines and I'll have a lot of blank-filling and hair-tearing. I'd just as soon do a longer one that will get me to the end of the project, but looking at how much time is left, I may have to do two more anyway.

And that means I need to decide if I'm going to stop at the word count goal, or keep going to the end of the month. At this point, it's a tossup.

12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Mon, 13:08: Friday's technical goal in the can. Part of the outline that I didn't know how to do came together PERFECTLY in the narrative. Love that.
  • Mon, 13:51: Few luxuries in life compare to that of donning warm jeans and socks right out of the dryer on a cold winter's day.
  • Mon, 15:00: Time for another #WriteOrDie session. 800 words in 48 minutes to the next goal. I can do that. #amwriting
  • Mon, 17:20: Cracked 42K words on the Project and 7100 on the Story. Could coast on 800 words a day to end of Jan & still hit 50K. I won't, but I could.
  • Mon, 22:32: And there's another END...… http://t.co/KDIamcUS
  • Tue, 09:58: Deciding which of three stories to write next. Cat-hoarding dragon, AI & meerkats on a spaceship, or scary cemetery. None are pinging me.
  • Tue, 10:32: Hubby thinks I should write the cemetery story. Because it will be "quick." Cue hysterical laughter; this one is the LEAST detailed outline.
  • Tue, 11:13: I'm so close to the end of this project I can taste it.… http://t.co/QAyBo8Y5
  • Tue, 11:26: Actual Thing I just told the Hubby: If you want a story about prehensile-tailed monkey clowns, YOU write it.

01:00 pm
Noodling this story.

I've just scribbled out nearly 250 words of things I'm considering for the cemetery story. None of it counts for "output," but it's helping me get more of a sense of who my guy is, what he wants out of life, and how he's going to obtain it. It's frontloading my time, but it's going to make the actual writing easier, once I sit down to do that.

And, yes, this totally counts as "writing." I'm actively thinking about the story, bouncing from one idea to the next. I'll need to do some research for this too.

And think more about where it actually takes place. I have the feeling that "small-town Wisconsin" would be a very different animal than "small-town Arkansas."