I'm going to end up begging the mailman for anything and it's not going to be pretty. (I haven't even gotten bills, for crying out loud. Not that I want any bills, but still.) (EDIT: I got mail! YAY! I got a card saying the other half of my dad's Christmas present is at the post office, and my parents's Christmas card with the pictures of all of the cats, and this
My boss called last night and asked if I wanted another week of layoff before I go back to work. I'm sorely tempted. I can afford it to do it, and it's time off to write, and it's not permanent so I wouldn't feel too guilty.
So, writing! The status of everything and all that.Yuletide:
I'm almost at two thousand words. I think I'm just going to be padding it with a few hundred words here or there until I hit an ending sometime this weekend and then tweak it bit by bit the first couple of days of next week. The good thing is that I know where I'm going and what I'm doing, and that it's a popular enough source that finding a beta shouldn't be that difficult at all. (In fact, quite frankly I think I know exactly who to bug for a beta. :))The Grand Prize Winner
: I didn't write yesterday even though I wanted to because when I did sit down to write I realized that what I really needed was a goddamn break. And I may not be writing today, either, because I have the dentist at noon and after that I may just relax by trying to learn how to knit. Yes, again. Let's see how well it turns out this time. In any event, GPW's fine. Barring any major complications, I should be able to finish the novel by New Year's, no sweat.Nearly Departed
: I pulled this out because I was thinking of signing up for getyourwordsout
but then I remembered just how futile it is for me to sign up for anything. Ever. At all. Heh. Anyway
, I think I can finish two books next year, no problem. (To be honest, I think if I'm motivated enough I can finish two books and the second one in the Books of Boggs series, but I'm trying not to count my chickens here.) The good thing about Nearly Departed
is that it's a no-apologies story where I don't have to censor myself and right now I really don't have a plot, which sounds worse than it is. It's a story that really works well with Write Or Die
, though -- just half-hour bursts of whatever pops into my head -- so I may do The Hollow Girl
as the main novel I want to finish and Nearly Departed
as the side project I throw a few words at every once in a while. I think it works best as the literary version of an angry snarling mongrel who has to beg for scraps. :)The Hollow Girl
: I still only have the first three chapters because I put it aside to finish GPW and ... well, we all know how that's going. It's not like I'm not making progress, though. This is probably going to sound really stupid but when I'm walking around my apartment cleaning or driving anywhere I'm usually talking out loud to myself about the characters, and lately it's been running about even with GPW characters and Hollow Girl
characters. And it might help if I sketched out the plot because just talking about the characters is doing lots more to develop the plot than I'd thought. Dead Men In Dark Suit
: You know, I should include DMIDS in my finish-this-novel-in-2009 list, because really, I have the plot, I have the characters, I just have to rewrite it so it doesn't suck. See? Not a problem. The Books of Boggs
: Oh, they're plotted, I just have to write them. Blah, blah, blah.
So ... let's say I'm swearing to write 200k words next year, except I'm not really. Ahem.
The cat decided he wanted to sit on my arms but I kept shoving him off. So he hopped unto the other end of the couch and wriggled under the afghan so he could sneak over to my side, poke his head up from underneath, and put his head cutely on my elbow. Awww. It's still a no, sweetie, but awwww.