I’m working on a little serial story, well actually I have several in different stages. But this one story is kind of stuck. I didn’t think much of it for a while, as I swap working on different stories depending on what interests my muse that day. And a slightly darker one was more interesting for a week or three.
The problem one was an epistolary coming if age, and its conclusion. I stopped writing midscene where the writing character is commenting in the letter that they should have been warned by the humor in the other character’s eyes.
I cannot remember what the joker was going to say.
Oh, I know roughly what the rest of the story is going to be: adventure embarrassing for the lead and then a happy thing they were not expecting. But the joke was to tie into an issue from earlier chapters. It ties what is about to happen into earlier events and the lead’s flaw. This bit of dialogue is important. It sets up the climax of the story.
But I just cannot remember the punchline for the dialogue.
NaNo whirlwind 2017, original neon whirlwind by Creativity103 without change, used under Creative Common 2.0
Well, NaNoWriMo 2017 is over, and I’ve caught up on a little sleep. Between Thanksgiving and an HMO issue, this year was unusually challenging. Oh, I put out 51k of writing, but focus was an issue. The words flew out at times, but too many of those were were ideas that belonged in side stories or a much darker and bleak story.
Health issues during Nano cannot be ignored and don’t care that I am on a deadline.
I wrote a very nice scene for my lead and a character they never met because they died five years ago. Writing was easy that day. I heard a song on the radio and wanted oh so badly to write a songfic, but that would break plausibility so badly, I might as well have written a chapter from Hogwarts. But once the muse grabbed me, the I could not go back to my sketchy outline or notes. So my 51k was fractured, and today I attempted to see how much of my intended story got written and where it ended up.
Identifiable chunks of the 51k:
- Original story intended +20k. On the good side I got through a section I’d been having problems with for months and have snippets that will be easily expnded later.
- side story +5k. This feeds my fondness for redemption arcs and gradual/non-miracle change.
- coming of age story +4k
- Just plain breaks something A +5k Might be salvageable for main story but is perhaps six months later in story-line.
- Just plain breaks something B +2k Cannot use, as there’s no vampires or staffs of resurrection. I did write a nice insight of a major character so that bit will be recycled.
- Just plain breaks something C 11k. An AU of the original story. This one has some plot conflict that only needs minor revisions to serve as part of the original story’s climax. It also made a nice character dev event that got similar request from an early reader. That bit will be nearly perfect for the original as well.
For the last three I need to link these snippets into the original’s notes so I don’t forget them. Let’s see, that’s about 47k of my Nano efforts. The rest is notes, ideas, babbling that could not be salvageed into actual prose.
Next year I am not letting other stories jump on my muse.
I’m busy pruning back my activity to give me enough time for typing. I’m hoping to finish the story I wrote 50k of last November. I’d written further but kept stalling when I hit combat or other problematic scenes.
Restarting where I’d stopped wasn’t helping on the first, but I decided to start skipping forward. I can write summaries for the parts I’m stuck on and still write thousands of words to continue the story…
Maybe I can get a ghost writer for combat?
il tempo si è fermato by Alessandro Prada, from Flickr under the Creative Commons 2.0 licensed attribution
Long time passes. I’m a champion procrastinator. Now many of the things I put off, like cleaning out my email and starting holiday cards early are not that big a deal, and finishing that needlepoint for the fair can wait. After all, I only started it in ’87 and I’ve picked up and dropped several hobbies since then. and an unfinished textile project just might make by top one hundred things I could be doing. It’s not that important. Other tasks are more stressful, like tracking down info for a new HMO, avoiding them gives me a small joy. I can put off writing for a looooonng time if I don’t have an idea. But finding nonfiction ideas is another task I can put off.
Right now, I was trying to recoup the idea for this blog I had during a bath earlier. It was perfect. The essence of the idea was pithy and had a snap. It had some relationship to the real world and humor without mean.
But it’s gone.
Soppy, soapy wash-cloths do not make for good record keeping. All that remains is just how shiny the idea was.
And an empty textbox…
This year isn’t the health nightmare last year became, but I got thoroughly sidetracked back into fanfic again. This year has its own challenges, a home remodel stalled, sans materials and helpers, plus an employee issue that just won’t settle. I’ve also discovered that your GP retiring can make for a real mess in fining a new doctor if your HMO likes to count the same ten doctors four times when they brag of having five hundred. And neonatal were not marked as such.
Really, this year isn’t a nightmare.
Do you believe that?
I am close to finishing the one fanfic, and I want to shift that time to original fiction again. The other is only halfway through, tho most has been drafted. I haven’t decided if I will resume short fic or restart revising a novel. Also, do I want to do NaNo this year? It’s only a month, but I have too many unrevised NaNos already.
The Forests of Yen-dor
All the arms rising up like trunks to get and record a better view of the concert, made me think of ALL those trees on Endor. I admit I’m a Williams’ junkie streaming music from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Potter while I do other things. Now I wish I could still do cons…
What, then should a collection of gemmed necklaces be? A pirate’s treasure, of course.
Dig among within the treasure chest for the prettiest gems…
I’ve published my first dead tree book of fiction. This is a collection of my short fiction from 2015. I finished five collections, and themed each collection on gems for the cover art: garnet, amber, lapis, citrine, and opal. Don’t we all like something that’s shiny or sparkly? I always wanted to make the entire year available as one collection. A handful of stories at a time was not enough when I was having book binges before I wrote. I had a couple of requests for paperback editions of the earlier collections, but they’re much too short to be worth the physical copy overhead. This
time you have the choice of ebook or paperback.
This paperback and ebook editions include all the stories in the five necklace collections, plus two extras. One was part of an invitational Advent project, and the other was specifically written to be a bonus for the 2015 collection. That makes thirty-seven tales of fantasy and science fiction in the Necklace of Gems collection. All are short, but some are part of a larger story, like the SF Curiosity Station.
And now it’s time to pick a new theme for my fiction collections for 2016, so I’ll try to make a good one…
And if you want to give my fic a try or don’t want to wait for the next omnibus, the smaller collections should do:
Necklace of opals…
Necklace of Citrine
Necklace of Lapis
Necklace of Amber
Necklace of Garnet