Words: 726 revising “Adventures in Pithea” with two of my sisters over Skype. Also known as the 29th meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through a little more than 2 full pages of double-spaced text. We felt like we didn’t do much, but we spent a lot of time on the mechanics of a particular element in my fictional world. We’re still working out some issues.
Words: 750 (in the form of 250 words written and another half an hour of other work) total. I spent some time first coming up with a pitch for the contest NaNoWriMo is holding. I don’t know how people can fit much into the 250-word limit, but I did my best. I still have time before it’s due though, so I’m going to get some opinions and fix it up as need be. I’m worried it’s a confusing synopsis, but I’m not sure what I can do about that. The half hour after that was spent working on the shared document for the TCSTB, reading and responding to another member’s notes.
Words: 1000 (in the form of 60 minutes) world building. Some of it was more like world explaining. My sister, one of the members of the TCSTB, has been asking a lot of questions about the main country in my stories, how things work in general, and how the Power works specifically. She’s emailed me maybe 20 questions, and I was answering a lot of it tonight. Some of them are things I already know how to answer and enjoy sharing. Some of them are tough ones to answer, or things I haven’t even thought of myself. It’s so much fun, and I hope she sends me more questions still.
Words: 500 (in the form of 30 minutes) revising “Adventures in Pithea.” I mostly worked on reading and responding to notes made by one of the members of the TCSTB on our shared document. I also spent some time working on world-building, by answering random questions also posed by the same member of the TCSTB, as she’s trying to get a better handle on the fantasy world I’m creating as I go.
I’m hitting that slump that happens every few months where it’s difficult to get into the real revision. I know it won’t last forever, but I’m still disappointed in my laziness.
Words: 811 revising “Adventures in Pithea” with two of my sisters over Skype. Also known as the 28th meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through a little more than 2 full pages of double-spaced text. It was less than we’ve done the last few weeks, but we had some fixes to make that required going back a bit to clarify some things in previous text. We also inserted a new item usable for hand-to-hand combat and had to introduce it right. So the word count isn’t really an accurate reflection of how much work we did.
Words: 545 (a mixture of actual words counted and time equated into words). There was a little revision work done, but most of it was transferring revisions from my hard copy of “Adventures in Pithea” onto the computer. I really need to get back to real revision work soon…
Words: 663 writing. Nothing story-related, just some dream journaling. This is actually yesterday’s post. Today I did nothing. It’s Valentine’s Day, my kids are gone for the weekend, and my husband and I had various plans throughout the day. It remains to be seen if I will do any work tomorrow either. The kids will still be gone, so I may just rebel and do absolutely nothing productive.
I’m going to do something unusual today and post the dream I wrote about. There were some things about it that were different from my normal dreams (and some that were the same). The main thing is that the man referenced in the dream was more vivid to me than people usually are. Most of my dreams involve me just “knowing” who someone in the dream is supposed to be. That is my husband, just because it is. That’s a character from a show I watched recently, though there’s nothing descriptive about her. It just is her. Or if it’s no one I would know, then it’s just a featureless person shape. This dream, though, I specifically remember what the guy looked like. It’s weird.
So read on if you want, or don’t. It’s not exactly deep and meaningful. (Disclaimer: I typed this almost exactly as I’d written it after actually having the dream. There are mistakes and the prose isn’t pretty, but I don’t care. It’s not exactly worth fixing up.)
Words: 500 (in the form of 30 minutes) transferring revisions from my hard copy of “Adventures in Pithea” onto the computer. It’s busy work that I tend to save for when I’m too tired to think (like tonight) or just don’t have a lot of time to focus on the real work. But it does have to be done eventually, so it’s all good.
Words: 1001 revising “Adventures in Pithea” with two of my sisters over Skype. Also known as the 28th meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through a little more than 3 full pages of double-spaced text. We’re moving along.
Words: 333 revising “Adventures in Pithea”. I mostly worked on reading and responding to notes made by one of the members of the TCSTB on our shared document in anticipation of tomorrow night’s Skype meeting.