Friday, August 31, 2012

In Process: August, 2012

First Draft

“Fairfax”. Around 115K, approaching climax. 

I also have a couple of scraps of planning for this year's NaNoWriMo novel, and a lot of notes for various short stories I'd like to have time to do. More on that next month. 


The editing was going really slowly, so I took an idea from music – leave the instrument out. I’ve probably mentioned before, my oboe teacher told me to practice 10 minutes per day. If you take the instrument out every day, you’re bound to practice more than 10 minutes some of those days (or quit because you really do hate it). Anyway, so I left my editing project open to the page I’m at on my work table, just to see what would happen. 

Lo and behold, I would sit down with 45 spare minutes and mark up 20 pages or so, and stop when I got to a hard bit, and then come back and that hard bit would suddenly have a solution the next day, or a couple of days later. 

Next problem was data-entering those markups. 

My life is overly regimented, I think. Too much structured. But for the markups, I used that structure to my advantage. On Monday and Thursday, I don’t have to do yoga because it’s been done already, so I don’t turn on my computer and then turn it off to do yoga (or forget to do yoga, and then wind up doing it at 12:15 am which sucks) and then turn it on again to read the whole internet. So, Monday and Thursday when I get home from activities, I do the online editing. 

For this draft, it’s worked really well. Things that are too large to data enter properly I add to my task list – rewriting chapters and scenes, etc. 


“Bome” (night garden) fair isle cardigan. I just attached the sleeves.  
 Spatterdash wristwarmers done.
Wine and Roses mitts done.
Biohazard (pullover) designed by me! Four inches of body, maybe?

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