Words: using my normal format, 2000+ (in the form of 60 minutes tracked and several hours past that untracked). The hour I kept track of was spent listening to an audio recording I made last fall and realized today I hadn’t listened to and taken notes on yet. (Sometimes when I have something to work through, plot issues, or big overhauls to plan, or even a new story idea to plot out, I’ll talk through it while washing dishes or making supper, while recording myself with Audacity.) The storyline was the one that I wrote for a couple days ago. There’s no title or anything, because it’s not really part of any planned books. It’s more of an in-between, off-time storyline that gets some characters from point A to a huge, almost out of nowhere point B five years later. I always just figured it works because I say it works. But more recently I started to consider why and how it works, and had some ideas. So I’ve been writing that out, little bits at a time, and plotting ahead before I forget it all. So for an hour, I listened to myself ramble on and took notes so it’d be more easily accessible later.
That led to hours of listening to older audio recordings, which I’ve already listened to, but some of which contained ideas or points that were kind of important but didn’t make it into my notes, so they’re good to remember again. And then I was looking at my timeline, where I’ve inserted events from four different stories so far, and noticed that there was a glaring mistake that ruins several key events. And the fix took some work, but I think I figured it out. All in all, a good day of work, even if it didn’t contain any revision of the novel I’m actually working on.
Words: 1149 (actual words today, not time equivilant). I’ve been missing the actual writing lately, so decided to do some of that today, instead of revising. The writing was for a somewhat broad storyline that takes place in the years that follow “Pithea.” There’s no real book planned for this storyline yet, because though what happens is important, it’s not enough for a book. But since it’s something of an exercise into some main characters and a relationship that later shows up with no real explanation, I’ve been writing it out over time. Today I wrote a pivotal scene.
Time worked: I don’t know…maybe…45 minutes total?
Work done: I was gone from Thursday morning until Sunday night. During the day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I had sporadic times where I was able to do some work, but in a very limited capacity. I had no way of taking my editing with me and working on that, so I wrote more for the other plot I’ve been working on. I was reminded that I didn’t post on Wednesday night, before I left, but I frankly don’t remember what I did that day, if anything. Probably nothing, as I was packing that evening for my coming trip. Updates should be normal again for a few weeks.
Time worked: :46
Work done: Plot outline for not “Adventures in Pithea.”
Time worked: 2:55
Work done: Some writing for the after-AiP mini-plot line I’ve been working on, some transferring revisions from paper to computer, and plenty of time spent revising “Adventures in Pithea.” Missy has explained her realization to Naolin, and another obstacle has slowed the gang’s progress.
Time worked: :26
Work done: A little more writing for the after-AiP mini-plot line I’ve been working on.
Time worked: :15
Work done: Just a little writing for the after-AiP mini-plot line I’ve been working on.
Time worked: :37
Work done: Worked on revision notes for “Adventures in Pithea,” comparing notes online with one of the members of the TCSTB. Then wrote some more for the after-AiP mini-plot line I’ve been working on.
Time worked: :53
Work done: Some time was spent writing the sort of mini-plot I started a few days ago that isn’t for this novel. However, I also worked some on the revision of “Adventures in Pithea,” because I know that I can’t just stop completely because it’s more fun to write new material than to edit the old. So now our heroes have found their temporary respite, with some new prodding from Naolin.
Time worked: 2:16
Work done: Some time spent transferring revisions from paper to computer. The rest was writing the sort of mini-plot I started a few days ago that isn’t for this novel. But I’m spending time on it anyway because I want to.