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So after preparing myself for some longhand writing (printing out the outline and what I'd written so far) I wrote three full pages of Can't Find My Way Home while hanging out on the living room couch watching football with [livejournal.com profile] emmalyon. There aren't as many crossouts as I'd expected, and I tried to keep the pace even, considering I was rewriting what I had from scratch. It felt good, doing this again. It's been kind of a busy morning here at work though, catching up with all that came in on the long weekend, so I haven't yet done any writing here, but I plan on doing some of that during lunch.

It's kind of interesting, reading what I'd written just a year and a half ago and comparing it to my style now, and I'm actually a little amazed at the progress. Not to toot my own horn or anything (okay, so I am anyway), but I've definitely gotten better over the last three or so years, and I'm quite happy at that. I'm pretty sure part of it's due to my stubbornness at getting something done every day, but most of it I have to thank [livejournal.com profile] dancinghorse's critiques of two of my stories. Thanks, Judy!

Okay! So it's now lunchtime, which means it's time for me to log off and do some scribbling. :)
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2012 WRITING SCHEDULE

Main Goals
--Finish and prepare front burner projects
      --A Division of Souls (revision, submission)
      --Love Like Blood (revision, submission)
      --Walk in Silence (writing, interviews, research)
--Prepare secondary projects for shift to front burner
      --The Persistence of Memories (revision)
      --Can’t Find My Way Home (revision of outline, writing)
      --Angela Death (revamp of story/outline, writing)
--Utilize time available for new projects
      --Longhand writing when away from PC/laptop
      --Weekends for non-writing projects


By Time

--As time allows, time spent between arriving at work and actual work time (7am-ish to 7:30am) should be utilized by longhand work. This can include poetry, new work, notes, revision, or brainstorming.

--As time allows, time spent after arriving home (minus any errands/dinner/workout, etc.) should follow the "By Week" schedule below. Minimum productive writing time: 1.5 hours, more if time allows.

By Day

SUNDAY:
--Outlining current and future projects
--Post poem on Dreamwidth account (worked on over the week or at that moment)
--Walk in Silence project
      --Research or writing
      --Update WordPress WiS website
--2x a month: Artwork--work on a project or scan and post

MONDAY:
--New Words

TUESDAY:
--Revision

WEDNESDAY:
--New Words

THURSDAY:
--Revision
--Update WordPress WiS website (optional)

FRIDAY:
--Any transcription/revision of longhand into PC
--Catch-up on any work of current week

SATURDAY:
--Outlining current and future projects
--New Words and/or Revision
--Tumblr picture post

--New words or revision as time allows
--Any additional work/posting is of course acceptable, if time allows.



By Project

Current projects/works in progress to be worked on:

EDEN CYCLE BRIDGETOWN TRILOGY
--Update reference files and character sheets
--Revision
--Submission

EDEN CYCLE NEW TRILOGY/PREQUELS/SHORTS/ETC.
--Brainstorming new ideas
--Character sheets
--Outlining and plot-mapping
--Outtakes and notes
--Longhand writing

LOVE LIKE BLOOD
--Revision
--Submission

CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME
--Outline revision
--Character sheets
--Longhand writing

ANGELA DEATH
--Revamp of characters and story
--Outlining
--Character sheets
--Longhand writing

WALK IN SILENCE
--Outlining
--Writing
--Reference
--Interviews
--Submission


Non-Writing Projects (Long-Term)

MUSIC
--Guitar practice
--Record demos on PC software
--Dub/Remix older songs from cassette

ART
--drawing
--Murph strips/storyline
--ink/pastel
--scanning of older work
--posting online

PHOTOGRAPHY
--Learn more about what I can do with new camera
--Utilize Photoshop for editing, etc.
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Vacation and work seems to have bent my schedule out of shape a bit, but I've decided that sticking to it instead of trying to play catch-up makes more sense. Which means that I'm a week behind on a few things, but I'm sure I can make it up elsewhere.

My writing-at-work project--a rough outline/ongoing personal commentary for Walk In Silence--is finally done as of last Friday, so that means that I can pick up on a newer longhand project. I'm torn between working on Can't Find My Way Home or something else, but I have an empty three-subject notebook burning a hole in my backpack, so I'd better decide soon. As for WIS, I've been doing the transcribing on Friday nights, which will then be edited/revised a bit further when I need to grab for them. And since that part's done, this means that the heavier research is about to kick in. I'm really looking forward to this part, since I have a vague idea of how I want it to play out but am not entirely sure what will and won't make it to the final version.

As for the other proejcts--the weekday revision of A Division of Souls (Mon-Tue) and Love Like Blood (Wed-Thu) is slow going, but it's going in the right direction. As time permits, I will most likely push myself a bit more and quicken the pace of my output, once I get more used to being on this schedule. Either way, though, it's still working out well and I find myself being even more excited about working on these things, especially when it's not the day to work on them. I like how that turned out. :)


In non-writing news...I'm thinking today is a good day to start my other resolution--to get in better shape. We were planning on heading up to the library this afternoon, so the walk will definitely do me good. And given that the weather is cooperating lately, I should start getting off at the Park Presidio stop rather than a few blocks away from the apartment, and walking home. And if the weather keeps cooperating, we may restart our weekend thing of doing some walking/hiking around the neighborhood, and perhaps either in the Presidio or at GGP (I do love how they're both within walking distance! :) ). And I should probably fire up the Wii Fit again and do some exercising again, just to get the rest of me in better shape too.


Other than that...we'll be on vacation again in a few weeks--my first week off is in February--and we'll be heading down to San Simeon to Hearst Castle again, with a two-day layover in the Carmel/Monterey area again. It's been a couple of years since we were last there (and it occurred to me that we were last there before Big Sur had the forest fires, so that area may look a bit different now). I'm really looking forward to that, as that area was one of my favorite places we visited on the coast. Pictures will of course be taken and I may bring Emm's IBL (Itty Bitty Laptop) for some nighttime writing sessions back at the hotel. Looking forward to that!


So yeah...2011 is shaping up to be a good year so far. Here's to hoping it stays that way!
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Apologies for the duplication in posting, but felt it necessary to cross-post it here as well. And further proof that I'm determined to follow this schedule: I bought a whiteboard with a month matrix on it that's mere inches from my monitor so I don't ignore it:



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2011 Schedule

(Subject to change over the course of the year as projects allow.)

By Time
--As time allows, time spent between arriving at work and actual work time (7am-ish to 7:30am) should be utilized by longhand work. This can include poetry, new work, notes, revision, or brainstorming.

--As time allows, time spent after arriving home (minus any errands/dinner/etc.) should follow the "By Week" schedule below. Minimum productive writing time: 1 hour, more if time allows.


By Week

MONDAY:
--Longhand @ work
--Revision on current project #1

TUESDAY:
--Longhand @ work
--New words on current project #1

WEDNESDAY:
--Revision on current project #2
--Write poem, post on Dreamwidth account.

THURSDAY:
--New words on current project #2
--Read-through of any other upcoming projects, notes/revision as necessary
--Update post on [livejournal.com profile] jonchaisson

FRIDAY:
--Longhand @ work
--Any transcription/revision of longhand into PC
--Catch-up on any work of current week

SATURDAY:
--Outlining current and future projects
--New words or revision as time allows

SUNDAY:
--Outlining current and future projects
--Write poem, post on Dreamwidth account.
--Writing work on nonfiction Walk In Silence project


Any additional work/posting is of course acceptable, if time allows.



By Project

Current projects/works in progress to be worked on:

EDEN CYCLE BRIDGETOWN TRILOGY
--New opening of A Division of Souls
--Read-through on Nook of entire trilogy
--Update reference files and character sheets
--Revision
--Submission

EDEN CYCLE KEEPERS TRILOGY
--Brainstorming new ideas
--Character sheets
--Outlining and plot-mapping
--Outtakes and notes

LOVE LIKE BLOOD
--Revision
--Submission

CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME
--Outline revision
--Character sheets
--Writing

ANGELA DEATH
--Outlining
--Character sheets
--Writing

WALK IN SILENCE
--Timeline
--Outlining
--Writing
--Reference
--Submission/e-publish/self-publish?
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Over the Weekend:
A few good hours' worth of work on Love Like Blood, enough to get Chapter 2 finished. I think I managed to edit out a goodly amount of craptacular work but managed to add at least six pages' worth of much better stuff.

Tonight:
Buh. A page and a half of editing/revision of A Division of Souls. This needs a LOT of work. Most time spent being distracted by Food Network reworking the opening of Chapter 2 (aka the second half of the original Chapter 1), I'm still not happy with. I may need to just read that entire scene and decide if I really need it...it just feels like it's not that important of a scene, at least not until Caren and Poe head over to visit Matthew. Yeah, this one needs a lot of work.

Coming Up:
Another day of ADoS work tomorrow...two more days of LLB after that, and perhaps some work on Can't Find My Way Home on the weekend.
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PC:
So yeah, moving all my personal files (read: copies my writing, pictures and mp3s) *back* to the externals is taking some time, but hopefully everything will be back to normal by this evening. Contemplating which programs I *really* need on there and ones I can put on at a later date.

ZOO:
Went to the SF Zoo yesterday where I managed to video ten full minutes of GRIZZLY BEAR SMACKDOWN. The two grizzlies they have there were having a bit of fun wrasslin' in their pool and I got some really good footage out of it. I may post it here at some point soon. ALSO! The fishing cats are now up near the rest of the cats there, and one could tell they were still a bit nervous about being there. Emm got a really good picture of one hissing at her. And OMG, there were two monkeys (forgot what kind they were) that would NOT shut up. You could hear them all the way across the entire zoo. I think they even got the lemurs all worked up and howling at one point too.

WRITING:
So I'm reading what I have of Can't Find My Way Home, and OH MAN does it need work. The prose is craptastic and the dialogue is wooden. On the plus side, I have a complete outline to work with, so I can start over if/when need be.

Also, slowly but surely moving along with Love Like Blood. It's still in need of work, and there are a few subplots I may either drop or revise completely, but other than that it's moving in the right direction. Just wish I had more time in a day to work on it!

TODAY:
Did our walking today by taking the #1 bus up to Arguello and walking all the way back via Clement Street. Had brunch at Q Restaurant, stopped at Green Apple Books, and finally stopped at the Quickly up the street from our place for bubble teas.

Further on today: continuation of PC fixing, plus doing laundry (doing that currently), and maybe squeezing in some writing if I have time left over. Plus watching all sorts of fun stuff on TV.
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So I haven't exactly been coming up with new words lately, but I've been keeping myself busy on a nightly basis by working on a few projects:

Love Like Blood edit/revision
It's been bothering me that I now have at least (1..2..) six projects in various states of completion (nine if you count the trilogy books separately), two/four of which are complete and just need revision. I've sat on this one for quite a bit since having [livejournal.com profile] emmalyon and [livejournal.com profile] dancinghorse give some of it a once-over, letting it simmer while working on other things. There's also the fact that I've been reading Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books lately, which I realized has a similar feeling as LLB.

So far I'm in the middle of reworking the first chapter, and I like how it sounds so far. There were a lot of passages that needed padding, and a lot of phrases that needed reworking, and I think it's coming along nicely. Who knows, I may post a revised version over at [livejournal.com profile] jonchaisson later on for your enjoyment! :)

Walk in Silence
I'll admit I haven't been working on this lately, partly due to the above, but it hasn't left my mind. I've been doing a bit of research now and again, as it were, looking through the discographies of some of the bands and albums I'll be mentioning and putting them in some semblance of order. That, and I'm kind of plotting in the back of my head of where I want to go with it.

Can't Find My Way Home
I haven't picked this one up yet, but it's off the back burner and simmering close by. I have a printout of what I have so far, as well as the completed outline, and as soon as I find more time I'll be toying with this one as well. There's a few issues with the outline that I've been contemplating lately and again, when I have time, I may pick them up.

The Bridgetown Trilogy and the sequels
Again, when I have the time. The start of the first chapter of the new book is kind of feeling flat, so I may play around with it a bit. First chapters of new projects are kind of like that for me...I tend to work on something for a few days, see where it goes, and then think about it a bit more before picking it up again. As for the original trilogy, every now and again I've been doing a bit of revision. I'm still contemplating cutting or at least moving a few passages that, in retrospect, feel a bit clunky where they are (specifically Governor Rieflin's first few scenes) and I'm thinking of cutting those and inserting new scenes a little later on, once the scenes with Poe and Caren calm down some.


So yeah...not as if I've been completely goofing off on the internets and/or playing with my music collection. I'll admit there's been that, but it's not completely eating up my time!



More as this evolves...
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[A brief break from the musical decade overview posts...I will be finishing off with 2009 later today.]

Hoo. Weird decade, this. Lots of good, a good wallop of AWESOME, and a lot of GEH! to even it out. And a bit of sheer pissed-offery for seasoning. As I know I've posted most of this before, I'll just dispense with the highlights like [livejournal.com profile] maps_or_guitars did.


2000: Unceremoniously not-fired-but-talked-into-quitting from HMV after four years of working there. Ironically the US chains would close two years later due to bad business sense. Luckily found a job soon after at Yankee Candle, whose products would make my clothes stink for the next few years. Finished The Phoenix Effect around this time, I believe, and its rewrite A Division of Souls started. Met good friend and eventual jamming partner Bruce.

2001: Bruce and I the first people to test the new equipment when we moved to the newer and much larger YC warehouse. Start jamming with Bruce and Eric in jeb!. The continuation of roadtrips to Showcase Comics on a weekly basis, the start of roadtrips to Newbury Comics in Amherst on a weekly basis. Savings don't quite suffer, but much space taken up in the process. Freaked out by 9/11 terrorist attacks...and had the sinking feeling that the state of US politics was going to get uglier from here on in. ADoS finished. The start of going down to the Belfry almost every single night and writing for two hours.

2002: The Year Jon Bought WAY TOO MANY CDs. Great year for music, though. My department at work wins MVP of the Year for kicking ass during a major chain rollout. Probably the last year where working at YC was actually a lot of fun. The start of finally taking politics a little more seriously when I start having conversations with one of my managers about it. More writing done...The Persistence of Memories started and finished in exactly one year and a few hours' change.

2003: Kind of a blur...work frustration, not as many (but still too many) CDs bought. More jamming with jeb!, and started in on The Process of Belief soon after TPoM is done.

2004: Had a very strange dream about having a female vampire as a girlfriend, and Love Like Blood was born, which would go through various versions and finally get finished 3 years later. Cursed very loudly out the window of my car when NPR states that Kerry lost. [livejournal.com profile] head58 and [livejournal.com profile] lynxreign play matchmakers and introduce me to [livejournal.com profile] emmalyon, and the rest is history. :)

2005: The Year Jonc's Life Changes. Quit YC, moved down to NJ to be with Emm, Lynx and [livejournal.com profile] inochinoakari, went to WorldCon in Glasgow, got married, moved to San Francisco. And during all of this, made the insane choice of getting rid of most of my music collection that I'd amassed over the last two-plus decades. Successive temp jobs give me ample time to follow politics even more closely, and realize I'm more frustrated at GWB and his team than I thought I was. Work on TPoB falls by the wayside due to way too many life changes going on as well as frustration with the story. Plusses DEFINITELY outweigh the minuses this year, though.

2006: Start the year workin' for the Man at BofA, first as a temp in one department but switch to full-time by being Your Friendly Customer Service Rep in the CD/IRA area...where I come up with the mantra "'Yes' is NOT an account number." Bought an eMachine to replace the Dell that was slowly crapping out on me, and Belfry 3000 was born. Some writing done, but not nearly as much as I'd hoped. Finished LLB on New Year's Eve, and celebrated with a bottle of Vampire wine.

2007: Transitional year, I suppose. Started rewrite of LLB, and tried writing some other stuff, but didn't get too far. Finally made myself purchase Fluff online after jonesin' for it for a few years. Not a terribly exciting year, but ended on a good note when I got hired to my present position and ran away from the phones for good and avoided another year of working IRAs during tax season.

2008: Very interesting year, much more exciting/weird/frustrating than '07. Another dream, this one of me and one of my sisters visiting our parents' house years after everyone's moved out and meeting the new owner...and Can't Find My Way Home was born, and completed a full outline for it. Was working at home the day McCain named Palin as running mate and immediately felt it was more of a chessboard move than a political plan. Stared in wonder and excitement when Obama won. Got pissed off when Prop 8 lost. Looked forward to seeing what '09 would be like.

2009: Personal? Great year, things went well. Moved to a new apartment across town, competely on a whim. Work? Frustrating, but made peace with it. Music? Not bad, actually. Writing? Picked up The Process of Belief after posting the entire trilogy on an extremely friends-locked LJ, and feel right at home with it again. Political? Well...'09 was the Year of You Can't Make This Shit Up, and the year I really started to wonder just what the hell some of these people are thinking, if at all. Still, I refused to let the year/decade end on a sour note and promised myself that I wouldn't let the bastards keep me down. Ended the year by buying a Gateway when my eMachine started crapping out.


All in all...very strange decade. A lot of great, a lot of YAY!, a lot of anger, a lot of WTF?!??, and a lot of good ol' fashioned creativity. Although there was a lot in it that I wish had turned out differently (and most of that was world events), there were enough plusses in my life that kept it all sane and worth going. I'm looking forward to the next year and decade, no matter what it throws at us. And if I can be a part of it in some significant way, either by writing or other way, so much the better.
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Man, that last chapter kicked my ass. It's hard to deliberately write a chapter where the character is purposely performing in a void--and reacting to said void. What can you do aside from have him react with 'this wasn't here before...'? There's only so many times you can have him have that reaction, and even when he figures it out, you can only have him think 'what should I do to change this' so many times before he finally does something about it.

That said--this chapter was pretty short, probably about five pages, and may or may not stay (bringing up the question "well, why write it in the first place?!??"), but it's done now, so there ya go. If I do use it, it'll most likely be retooled a bit, and a lot of additions in earlier scenes to build it up--specifically, building up the reason why he reacts to the void the way he did. Nothing too involved, just some character actions in earlier scenes that should build up to this.

So if anything...I probably have four more chapters to write, and then I'll be done. I've already done a bit of outlining--that is, the outlining I've done in the past, where I make very vague mapping notes on who ends up doing what, and where they end up. In this case, I made a list of all the primary and secondary characters and a word or two on their setting, to be used as triggering keywords. Most of them have been taken care of, but I now have four columns sigifying the next chapters. These columns basically just have the character names in them, with headers being another trigger keyword: Vigil, Trisanda, Denni, and Denouement.

That's pretty much how I've outlined in the past, and it's worked well for me. Doing an extended one like I did with Can't Find My Way Home probably hindered that story more than helped it...but that's another writing post altogether. For now, I'm working off this piece of paper (originally drawn up at work, natch). Hopefully if all works out, I'll have everything done by next month.

Woohoo, the trilogy's nearly finished!! :D
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On tap...

TODAY:
--trip to Amoeba to sell/buy some CDs & DVDs, perhaps stop at some other stores up in the Haight while we're there
--possible hanging out in park after shopping, if we're up for it
--laundry

TOMORROW:
--Going to see Wicked at the Orpheum on Market Street
--Possible stopping at main library (which is next door to the Orpheum) before the show


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Other than that, it's a pretty slow weekend for me and I can't complain...I do need to get some writing done, as I've been lazy the last few days due to being somewhat busy and shorthanded at work. I didn't get to work on any poetry yesterday, so maybe I can make up for it by working on something today.

I'm caught up with the outline for Angela Death, so I should work on that for a bit. Or actually before that, perhaps I should work a bit more on creating some more background. I have all these great ideas for this one but they're all in a jumbled mess, so perhaps doing some detailed worldbuilding might be in order.

And perhaps continue with starting chapter 4 of CFMWH. You know, I'm almost thinking I'm having the same issue with CFMWH that I had with Book 3 of the trilogy. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it feels the same...it's like I'm not happy with the way it's going, the words sound like crap, and I'm just angry that it's not going the way I want it to. I think with this one, though, it might be the same as AD in that I just need to expand on the worldbuilding as well.

Hmmm...perhaps investing in some more steno notebooks might be in order. I find those are the perfect things to use for worldbuilding--they're reasonably compact, they're easy to work with, and I can snag a few from work they're pretty cheap.

More on these two items later...

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Speaking of trilogy...

Never fear, the online release of said trilogy is still in my mind. There's a good chance I may work on some of it this weekend--that is, the website. I have a few ideas I want to toy with--banners, layout, and other things. More on this real soon! :)

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Other than that...hope everyone's having a good weekend! :D
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Chapter 2 of Can't Find My Way Home is DONE.

Not going to look at that chapter again for awhile, just distance myself from it... ;)
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[livejournal.com profile] queenoftheskies, I blame you! :P

Still frustrated over the VERY slow movement of CFMWH, it's almost making me think I should try it in screenplay form to see where it goes.

More later...
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FINALLY.

Scene 2.5 is DONE. And I know for a fact it's going to need some big-time rewriting. Sounds like crap, it's once again flat, and doesn't really flow well. But it's DONE, and that's good enough for now.

Now to start with Scene 2.6, last one of the chapter! This one should flow better, as it's a Faye scene and I seem to write hers with relative ease (except for that last one, which also sucked until I rewrote it).

Onward and upward!
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Craptastic weather out there again today...windy, rainy, overcast...good thing we went out yesterday, because today looks like it's going to be a day for staying inside. Not to fear, we've got the Daytona 500 to watch (as well as a dvd performance of Tosca that Emm took out of the library), and I don't have anything pressing to work on. As long as I make it a point to get some writing work done, it won't be a bad day. :)

Depending on the weather tomorrow, we may go to Amoeba, as we haven't gone there for quite some time. I'm still surprised at how infrequently I've been stopping at music stores. On the other hand, I've been doing a lot of online downloading (again, thank you eMusic and elsewhere), which of course is cheaper and takes up less physical space. Still, I may go through the cd collection today and see what I can pare down...I'm sure there's some in there I can trade in, even if it's for a buck or so.

Speaking of paring down...we still need to go through more of our books, particularly the hardcovers and nonfic books. Once we're through everything we'll do another Great Book Giveaway. Not sure when it'll happen, but I'll let everyone know as soon as we're good with the list. :)

...and back to writing. I admit I've been lazy the last few days, partly due to being busy with work and other things, but of course the weekend is always a good time to recoup and start over again. I'm probably two or three scenes away from finishing the dreaded Chapter 2 of CFMWH (which is proving to be more frustrating than I expected), but it should smooth out on the next chapter. This book is very unlike anything I've ever written, for many reasons (including never having written a time travel story before), so this one has definitely been an interesting experience. Frustrating at times, but also fun. Learned quite a bit as well! More on this at the oter LJ later on today if I have the time.

OH! And chances are I might be able to get a LOT of writing done this week, as tomorrow I've got the day off (President's Day holiday), but also Wednesday as well. I'm taking that day off because the building management is supposed to FINALLY come in and take a look at the crack in the wall and the broken window. Of course I knew they were going to say "we'll be in sometime between 9am and 4pm," so even though I'd have been working from home that day, I figure taking the whole day off would make more sense so I don't have to stop what I'm doing. So in the meantime, I can power up the PC and get some work done while I'm waiting. That's the plan, anyway!

More possibly later...have a swell day, kids! :)
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
...why must Chapter 2 sound like utter crap??? *sigh*

Looks like I'm going to have to do some serious rewriting and editing later on...
jon_chaisson: (Jeremy Hillary Boob PhD.)
DONE:
grocery shopping
laundry
lunch

DOING:
Words so far: 962 on CFMWH (Faye's scene rewritten and finished)

TO DO:
--start Angela Death outline
--post to my writing LJ
--plan what I should work on writingwise for the rest of the week
--find out when apartment management will have the window people come in for the replacement
jon_chaisson: (Jeremy Hillary Boob PhD.)
Random Jeremy H. Boob quote? Why not? :p

I really gotta get my ass in gear again. This past week has been a killer at work--not busy, but hellish with the things I had been working on--so a lot of things fell by the wayside, my sleep was pretty much insufficient and I just couldn't get any writing done.

I'm contemplating rewriting Faye's current scene in Can't Find My Way Home because it's just not sounding right. It's sounding very bland and inactive. Sure, she just woke up from about 3 hours' sleep and she's being lazy, but the prose just sounds like crap right now. It's not that long of a scene, either, just her getting up, realizing her situation, and a quick passage of how the people at work are treating her now, now that her boyfriend and his sister blew up half the lab when they jumped ahead in time.

I want to get started with the Angela Death outline too. I've been sitting on that one for the last few weeks. I think this one's going to be one of my shorter stories, but not having an outline isn't helping. I haven't even picked up the story itself in awhile.

Also: Need to do a bit of grocery shopping. Don't need much, as Emm picked up some stuff on Wednesday, but we need some greens among other things.

Also: LAUNDRY. I have a boatload of it that needs doing. Luckily I have quarters, but the temptation is great to get one more roll just to be safe.

Also: Haven't heard back from the apartment management yet, but hopefully sometime this coming week they'll be replacing that broken window in our apartment. Last I heard, they might end up replacing it from the outside, but at the same time I wouldn't mind them coming in so they can take a look at a few other windows that may need to be resealed that seem to rattle a bit.

Also: Am I ever going to do the trilogy website? Stay patient, kids...once I have my shit together, it'll come. I just need to work on a few other things first. The plus side is that I think I might be able to create some fun pictures for banners and backgrounds for the site now, now that I have Photoshop. SWEET!

And on the ephemeral side, I want to get some new icons for this here LJ...and one of these days when I have time, I want to scan some of my Murph drawings and create my own mood pix with them. Plus I want to post on my other LJ today, something of substance. I won't cry if I don't get to it, though.

On the plus side, we got a lot of walking done yesterday, I've caught up on sleep, we've pretty much cleaned up the mess that the building workers caused when they reTyvek'd the outer walls and resealed the window frames (we can actually feel the difference in temperature) on the north side of the building. So this weekend isn't a loss at all. :)

I need to get a LOT done. Time to get my butt in gear. Wish me luck!! :)
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PEnnsylvania 6-5000 is in fact still being used by the Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC, and has used it since 1919.

And added to that, The Hotel Pennsylvania is where Maury and The People's Court are filmed.


Why was I looking this up? I was being picky with some details and wanted to know about phone numbers. :p
jon_chaisson: (Frazz adverbs)
So today is my 'finish the errands' day. I just finished doing the laundry about a half hour ago, I've just Febrezed a few things, and once I've made the bed, I'm finally going to go through the stuff that my sister mailed me a month or so ago. (This is the last remaining box o' JoncStuff that was at the old homestead--after this is gone through, everything else of mine barring school-related stuff my Dad may want to keep will be here with me, leaving nothing else at the house.)

The writing is slow, but it's going. I got a few more words for the Angela Death project done last night and will probably do a bit more later today. I'm also going to make a conscious effort to start on the first chapter of Can't Find My Way Home. Given that I know the outline's okay for about three chapters before I need to tidy it up, I think getting a move-on with the writing part of it is a good idea. I also think I can wait on the Eden Cycle revision/preparation for the website, as I'm quite a few chapters in. I think preparing the website itself will be the main objective for the next week or so.

All this done while watching football! And man, there's been a boatload of it lately, between the College Bowls and the playoffs. My Patriots may be out of the running, but I can safely say I'm pleasantly surprised at who ended up getting this far!

Okay, back to work...
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
The first draft of the outline of Can't Find My Way Home is DONE, as of about five minutes ago. I'm not sure if it's a good or a bad thing that the outline itself is just a smidge over 20k, but given that I got pretty detailed with most of the scenes, that's not a bad thing.

Looking back at my little black book that has my writing numbers in it, it looks like the idea came to me sometime at the beginning of this year (I know I have an LJ post somewhere giving the actual day), I started seriously working on it in May, dropped it for a bit while I finished off the Love Like Blood rewrite, and then picked it up again mid-October, and worked on it as the main project from there on in.

Yeah, took a bit longer than I would have liked, but at the same time, this outline has definitely cut down on writing time--I'd still be about a third of the way through if I'd written it cold. My plan is to push through this one as Main Project #2 next year (#1 will be creating LLB2, which I hope to do in half the time as this one).

So yeah--go me! WOOHOO! :)

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