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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-06-14 12:51
Subject: [writing] Endurance progriss riport, day 2
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Tags:books, endurance, green, writing
2 hours, 3,000 new words to 5,700 words. Spent the first few minutes untangled a tyro error on POV in yesterday's work which calendula_witch pointed out as she scanned the dailies. (Yes, she's reading Endurance as a serial...)

This morning whilst the_child and I dropped calendula_witch at the airport, three of us wandered into the airport Powell's. Green Powell's | Amazon ] was faced but only one book deep on the shelf. I took it to the counter to sign. The bookseller was thrilled to see me, told me how much she enjoyed the book, and that they couldn't keep it on the shelf because it kept selling. That was a nice lift before saying goodbye to my love and putting her on a plane.

Onward I go. Binge writing possible on this draft depending on how pressed for time the cancer makes me feel, but I'm aiming for the 2,500 words/2 hours per day mark for the time being. It's a hell of a deadline to have hanging over one's head.

Some freshly-minted WIP for you all, typos and all.
Very few of the graves were marked to tell who lay within. This struck me as odd — most cemeteries I'd seen or read about seemed to feature little biographies of their inmates, as if knowing the year a baby had died would make the child more real to a passerby of a later generation.

But they were decorated in a manner that had clearly once been lavish. Jewels and metal chasings had vanished uncounted generations past. Carvings remained. Details. Images in tile, or painted underneath a sheltering roof. That a person was buried here at all stated, "I am wealthy" in the ways of this city long before the rise of the Dukes. These graves dated from the time of Kingdoms, and some from the Years of Brass prior to that.

Without words, they told stories. This one featured small batwinged children, like demon messengers, with a hint of torment on each tiny, windworn face that called to mind a life spent on the margins of dark magics and wicked philosophies. That one's pilasters were bundles of sheaves, wrapped in vines, as if the dead had been overlords of some great swathe of farms. So each told its silent story, some worn to threadbare memories, others still shouting from beyond death's veil.


Originally published at jlake.com.

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Josh English
User: joshenglish
Date: 2009-06-14 21:33 (UTC)
Subject: My Google-Fu fails me...
"Tyro error"? By this do you mean a mistake that a beginner would make or is there some more esoteric definition I do not know?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-14 21:34 (UTC)
Subject: Re: My Google-Fu fails me...
You got it in one. A beginner's mistake. Flipped from first to third at a scene break without realizing I'd done it. Erm...
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Josh English
User: joshenglish
Date: 2009-06-15 03:38 (UTC)
Subject: Re: My Google-Fu fails me...
ah. I'm sure a deep psychobabble treatment of this would say you aren't close enough to your character, or her actions repulse you in some way, but that's just psychobabble.

Thanks for the clarification.
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Hutson: peace
User: hutson
Date: 2009-06-15 00:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:peace
JAY!

I'm in WA until next Sunday. Let me know if you have time to grab some chow and get silly. I promise not to leave my keys with the valet this time.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-15 00:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hello there. (Heh.) I'm off to Omaha at the crack of dawn tomorrow, but next Friday or Saturday evening is a possibility. What's your schedule?
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Hutson: Ab Fab
User: hutson
Date: 2009-06-15 03:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Ab Fab
Friday at any time would be awesome. :)
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