November 5th, 2008

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

The first hurrah

And hopefully not the last, even though election results in my state were not encouraging...at least Obama/Biden won.  

We are still stuck with a  US Senator who supports torture, opposed the GI Bill for this war's veterans, opposes expanded benefits for disabled veterans, opposes any expansion (or even minimally sufficient funding) for CHIP, the health care program for poor children.   He's all about making energy companies richer, lowering taxes for the rich, and claiming that lower taxes mean more jobs, in the face of the evidence.   Oh, yeah, and continuing the land war in Asia without instituting a draft.  

Other states are now stuck with new "initiatives" proposed and funded by religious bigots.  

But at least we got one thing right.
woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Notice of absence

Taking off at o-dark-o'clock in the morning to drive 3-4 hours northeast to a small town where I'm a scheduled speaker, and then home again Friday morning. 

Anybody in Kaufman, Texas who wants to meet me--come on by the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Washington (also known as 34)  tomorrow.    I'll be driving into a cold front with T-storms predicted--hope they're not severe.  Driving on unfamiliar back roads in a downpour is only fun if I haven't gotten up well before dawn and don't have to be somewhere on time.



woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Nose to the Grindstone: revision underway

Yesterday and today were revision mixed with new text--the new text made necessary by rearranging existing chunks.    Two of the main POV strands were written almost continously, front to back, and--especially as I moved into crunch time and was writing in full spate--they're pretty logical, with few holes and no tangles.  

The other main POV strand, begun early in the year and interrupted repeatedly by travel, illness, and the requirement to write other works previously contracted, was written in fits and starts, often bits in airports or hotels, when I didn't have access to the whole thing, just the parts I'd taken with me.  As a result, the chronology was tangled, and there were (are!) plenty of gaps and overlaps.   Yesterday's work was about straightening all that out...deciding where fragments fit (or didn't)  and making sure everything I had was printed out and correctly labeled for content, hole-punched, and put in one of the big binders.  Then a synopsis of that POV strand, in detail, then (going back to the binders) moving things around physically, and then (today) starting to revise that POV strand front to back.   It's slower going than I'd hoped and I hope that this strand will improve as I go on.  The last *five* chapters of it are recent work, written in one long rush, and thus pretty good (pretty good means the events are in correct chronological order with no gaps...not that it's publishable as is.)  

The overall synopsis (now written) and the "braid" synopsis (tentative, but I think it's very close) are also now done, so when I get this mess cleaned up, I can probably (please!!) do the braid, then go in and melt and iron the joints so they are seamless.   Normally I can work very fast at this point, but also normally if I have multiple POV strands written separately, they're  all equally "done" at this point.  Long chat with agent on the phone today, discussing progress and how it's all fitting together or not.