May 16, 2004
Two submissions today: "Sic Transit Gloria" went back out the door after a couple of days' rest (and a little nitpicking), and "Don't Look Back" went out for the first time. It's probably the most "experimental" of anything I've written (translation: it's written in present tense and I tweaked grammatical rules a bit), and I'm not 100% certain it works, but I like it--and it's time to get it out the door while I still like it.
I'm debating focusing on short stories for a bit, finish up the half-finished stories I have lying around, cleaning up the couple I've finished but that haven't seen the light of day yet--you know, clean off my desk before the next novel. Not that I'm not poking around the edges of the novel, mind you, but I'd like a clean slate (not to mention more things in circulation!) before I really focus all my attention on it.
(She says, optimistically. I start a new job on Tuesday, so I imagine writing will be back-burnered, at least for a little bit.)
May 13, 2004
I started a new story today--no word count to post yet, because I'm going to try the whole first draft longhand. It's an experiment, of sorts. I'm shooting for a funny bit of fluff--which means it'll probably go all epic and serious on me any minute now. But I don't know. The situation is sufficiently ridiculous; it should be able to resist drama.
I'm mocking the chick lit genre and taking on Pygmalion at the same time--what's with me and the Greco-Roman stuff lately?
May 10, 2004
"Don't Look Back", rewritten
Yes, it's true. I edited today. Mer's latest good news has lit a fire under my ass to get more stories out into circulation.
Clearly, the edit for this story has been influenced by some things I've been reading lately, but I think that's a good thing. I cut a huge portion, and really shifted the focus, I think. In the process, my narrator seems to have gotten a little more psychotic on me. Not that that's a bad thing. Right now, I'm pleased.
May 07, 2004
After several days of rooting around and researching, I have a pantheon for the Novel Formerly Known as Sword in the Mound. They're one big dysfunctional family, complete with rivalries and heartbreak and illicit relationships. They don't have names yet, but they have archetypes. I even have a few myths about them floating around in my head.
And since the government of this country is a pantheocracy, I'm starting to get a good idea how the government works as well.
This is FUN. :)
I know, there's no real word count yet this month, but trust me, I'm working. It's just all longhand. Maybe when I start writing myths and answering worldbuilding questions I'll have an actual count to report.
May 06, 2004
After a bit of self-analysis and a period of beating my head against existing faerie mythology, I decided to try setting Sword in the Mound (god, that so needs a new title--now there is neither sword nor mound involved in the plot anywhere) in (*gasp*) an original fantasy-type setting. I have never tried this level of worldbuilding before, and I have to say, so far I'm having a hell of a lot of fun. I have a notebook and notecards slowly filling up with scribbled ideas for pantheons, customs, religions, political systems. I'm doing research on antipodean geography and climate--and enjoying it! Not to mention poking through obscure civilizations and mythology for ideas.
While I periodically do a mental check to see if my plotline will fit in this world, I'm startled to admit that for the most part, the world is doing its own thing in my head, and if the book I planned to write doesn't fit in it, I may just end up writing a different book.
Not that it isn't turning into a completely different book on its own anyway. But that's another story for another post.
May 04, 2004
Well, the notecard system worked wonders--or at least, I'm pleased with it so far. I got a few subplots out of the deal, and it even helped me with worldbuilding a little bit. The plot is laid out up until the denouement, which I'm leaving a little open to see what happens.
There's just one little problem with Sword in the Mound right now--well, not a problem so much as a dilemma. See, it's not a romance anymore. I mean, there IS romance in it, but it's definitely not going to be in the romance genre. And there's no sword. There might not even be a mound. You see my difficulty.
The other difficulty I'm having is the same one I've had all along: timeframe. This is definitely not modern-day, but I can't seem to nail down what timeframe I want it to be set in. Or place. Part of the problem is pure laziness. I don't feel like researching a historical setting--but laziness aside, I can't figure out what period best fits the feel I'm looking for. I've been seriously tempted to just set it in an alternate world so I don't have to worry about accuracy, but that seems like a coward's way out. (And contrary to what I pondered at Write Club last week, there's probably no time travel, and there's nothing Welsh.)
I think I need to read some historical romance and fantasy to see how other folks have dealt with the issue.