June 17th, 2009


[links] Link salad takes a walk

SF Signal's "Mind Meld" on real life places that inspire fantastical world building — In which I discuss, among other things, Bulgaria.

Puttin' on daubs.Art writing guru James Gurney on how art happens one tiny bit at a time. You sure gotta know where to put them daubs words.

9 Chickweed Lane name checks the state of Nebraska — I probably shouldn't be laughing at this, but I am.

The French Aérotrain — Scroll down a bit to see it. Also, the prototype pictured at Wikipedia is deeply awesome.

Ice XV discovered — Man, I missed ice-9!

?otD: How green is your valley?

Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk, 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (in hotel)
Currently reading: The Human Disguise by James O'Neil

Originally published at jlake.com.


[writing] Endurance

Woke up this morning around 4 am with Endurance much on my mind. I cut my walk to half an hour, though I kept my stretching and meditation sequence, to spend more time in the book before Day Jobbery. Managed to get 3,500 words down in 90 minutes of writing, broken in the middle for a quick brekkie downstairs. I'll write more tonight, after a work dinner, so I can peg my two-hour mark for the day.

I am very conscious of deadlines and time here. The cancer stuff will quite probably catch up to me before I can finish this draft, but at the moment I'm still running ahead of the incoming tidal wave. I'm not sure I've ever been this motivated to sprint. The book won't be due until next May, but if I can get the first draft pounded out this summer, all I have to do during (or after) chemo is work the rewrites.

As Samuel Johnson said, "Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging."

Originally published at jlake.com.


[writing] Endurance progriss riport, day 5

Thanks to some early morning graphomania, a half hour on my lunch break, and some room time this evening, I've managed three hours of drafting today, laying down 7,500 new words to a total of 22,400. I could probably write more tonight, but I'm beginning to push the quality envelope and I don't want to burn up my current enthusiasm. And as calendula_witch says, dragons start to appear.

I'm eventually aiming for a 135,000 word finished book, but I strongly suspect I'm heading for a 170,000 - 200,000 word first draft. The pace is relaxed. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, and cuts within a single-threaded first person POV aren't as hard to manage as, say, cuts within a six-threaded interlaced plot third person POV.

:: koff :: koff ::

Besides, I know what I'm aiming for.

Tomorrow I have the Omaha Beach Party after work (Zio's, 76th & Dodge, if you're in the area, around 6 pm), and packing to light out for the territories on Friday morning, so catching my two hours may be problematic. I think I'll try going to sleep a little earlier in hopes of rising in time to exercise and log at least 90 minutes before work. A decent night's sleep will clear out the dragons and fuel the god-riddled confrontations which loom in Green's immediate future.

Meanwhile, Collapse )

Originally published at jlake.com.