February 21st, 2009

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Nose to the Grindstone

The new book's total is now 91,285 words.  Not sure of yesterday's total because I had lost the 3x5 card with the chapter totals and--having worked in multiple chapters--could not be sure what was done which day.  Definitely time to get formal with the count again.  Today's a half-day work day (I need a nap this afternoon because I must sing two services tomorrow, each including 3 Mozart anthems, a real workout)  so must get at the work and see what comes of it.

On the bright side, adding in Dorrin's new squires is a help.   Their personalities are filling up, except for Dar's.  His older brother Roly is rock-solid now, but Dar (I couldn't get Roly for this mission) is less formed and is just being "nice."   He's shy of Dorrin, but he needs to quit being shy of me.  I'm his writer.  He needs to open up to me and let me make use of his whole self.   He's insisting he has no secrets and is just a plain, ordinary, sensible, good guy.  No teenage boy is that bland!   He thinks the other two are dramatic enough and he should just be the plain unsalted porridge.   It's true that Gwenno and Beclan are inherently more dramatic, but nobody gets to lack salt and savor.  I will have to keep poking Dar until he reacts. 

On the less helpful side,  Kieri's future father-in-law is not as forthcoming as I hoped in revealing information that is plot-critical.  I can't tell if he really  doesn't know, or he's just being a control freak about sharing data.  Or do I have it all wrong and this isn't his future father-in-law after all?   At any rate, he's annoyingly superior with his writer, and he, too, will have to learn that if he wants to stay in the book, he has to serve a plot-critical function.  I don't need him for decoration.

Off to write more....

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Nose to the Grindstone

3282 words today.

Total now standsat 94,567.  It's tempting to go for the round number, but I'm really, really tired this afternoon (book work isn't all that's been done, by a long shot.)   On the other hand, getting the words/day back up over 2000 means the brain is functioning (even with a headache...another dry norther with lots of "stuff" blown in and a big change in barometric pressure has the sinuses complaining.)

So...clearly no longer sick.  This is a good thing, and any way with 3000+ words is a productive one.