faustus: (seventies)
( Aug. 27th, 2012 01:04 pm)
I've written at least 11,000 words on this novel already. You'd think 1,100 would be easier.

136600 / 120000 words. 114% done!

New version of Chapter Two - Chapter Three is a maze of black ink.
faustus: (Default)
( Dec. 20th, 2011 10:38 pm)
Six months ish since submission, and the process of rewriting begins. Meanwhile, the next book and the next book proposal lurk in the wings. Deadline March 14. Let's start with Chapter One...

139900 / 120000 words. 117% done!
faustus: (seventies)
( Jun. 29th, 2011 01:41 am)
So close... I reckon I have 200 word to add to end the project and I was going to keep going; but my bulb has gone ping, and I need to read some Ballard stories before I write those 200 words. I could adjurn to a room with a light bulb but I think that's my cue to get the fuck to bed. It being gone 1.40. I am unlikely to have time tomorrow (today) as it is a day off, and the day after tomorrow (tomorrow) I anticipate a hangover. Maybe the 30th will be the day.
faustus: (Default)
( Jan. 12th, 2011 01:30 pm)
The problem with thinking, "I'll have lunch when I've finished this bit", is that you always find another bit that just needs finishing first. So before I investigate Eric Woolfson - or is it Wolfson - I shall break for lunch.
faustus: (seventies)
( Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:47 pm)
Just completed chapter thirteen, so that's four chapters drafted. It's at 7,500 words and more on It's Alive needs to go in (I thought I'd done that, but maybe I'm thinking of taking the notes...). I need some bits about Doctor Who, and to sprinkle the word "metanarrative" through the chapter a little more frequently. What's odd is the way the chapter has veered into supernatural sf, but I can't see how to stop it leaving sf behind.

I'm hoping to get chapter 15 into shape tomorrow, as I've seen the light on this (a while back, but it needed a fortnight of staring at a keyboard and taking the same book too and from work every trip). I need to track down William Gass's Fiction and the Figures of Life, I suspect chapter one, but no joy thus far.

Chapter 11 ought to be easily whipped into shape - but I need to read a porn trilogy, and that can't easily be done in coffee shops. Well, maybe it can. Spook the tourists.

If all goes to plan I should write 30,000 words this month - a sorta NaNonFicWriMon, especially as there will be 20,00 words of bibliography to wrestle into shape.
faustus: (Angry)
( Oct. 26th, 2010 09:38 pm)
I really need to get writing. I know what I need to write. Am I writing?

faustus: (streetname)
( Nov. 9th, 2008 09:18 pm)
I had hoped that this year I could get involved in NaNoWriMo, and for the couple of days I was writing it was great, and reminded me how much I miss that part of being creative.

However, I have written nothing since, although I wish to continue with what I'm producing as it's been an idea I've been interested in for years, and I need to retrofit it back into the one and a half novels I wrote before the Pratchett Book/Routledge Companion intervened. I am less than ten per cent in rather than a quarter of the way in.

I have an index to proofread, 100,000 words to finish copyediting and three articles to finish writing. I have also spent this week fannying around worrying about things I cannot change. I cannot see much writing getting done - I had assumed the other requirements would make me productive as displacement, but it aint displacing.

So I invoke the spirit of Da Rules, which means it will get done, but only if it's enjoyable, and only if it allows, say, redefining November as lasting until December 31st at the earliest. I will not beat myself up.

I am not throwing in the towel, I am merely hanging it over the radiator to make it less damp.

Edit: I have at least fitted in three lousy little edits I was meant to do a month or so back. Which will help on the copyedit.

Edit 2: I just have too many other things I need to get done that the thing I'm doing for myself ends up suffering. There's a pattern there.
faustus: (dreamland)
( Nov. 4th, 2008 02:01 am)
Well, another Monday not spent at the shining library on the green hill (or whatever Chandler's phrase is I'm mangling), as the Java Kernel busting VLE was desperately slow in uploading this week's lectures and the electronic submission page, and I had a pile of essays to virtually glance through and comment. With one thing and another, I only caught the bus up at 5.00, had time to renew by Carbuncle card, buy tickets for tonight and the next few weeks (The Wave and Eraserhead, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, the freebie Married Life and perhaps the bizaarest double bill yet of Blithe Spirit and Gomorrah, to which I might add The Fall if I have the energy on the Sunday.)

I had an hour of typing - and the knowledge that I'd not done Sunday's slot - and I thought I'd gotten up to 4000 words. In the brief gap between films I checked, and in fact it was only 700. Maybe I misread the number of characters as words. I could have sworn though (in fact I did). But fortunately the cinema tickets lied about the length of the film so I caught the penultimate bus, just about giving me time to catch up - or at least only be five hundred behind. Here's hoping I can catch up tomorrow.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
4,462 / 50,000
faustus: (heaven)
( Sep. 9th, 2008 11:53 am)
A rather depressing piece from G2. And it appears some agents don't accept unsolicited Mss these days. H'mmm.
faustus: (auton)
( Sep. 1st, 2008 12:13 pm)
Before you next write an annual report, please ensure that you have constructed a list of synonyms for "appropriate". Here's one to get you started: "apt".

Please write out the word "appropriate" one hundred times long hand, until you have learned you can spell it correctly, so that - even though you've clearly set up Auto Correct as You Type to avoid "appropiate" - you don't have to sit and think about it.

No one but you will care, of course, but that's no excuse no to be elegant in public writing.
faustus: (Future)
( Jun. 23rd, 2008 01:50 am)
Project B has a "tight deadline" of November 2008.

Why am I thinking, "That's ages away?"

Time to do a to do list, mind,


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