Thursday, September 23, 2004
Sunny and pleasant
I’m having trouble sleeping and when I wake up, I’m not well-rested. It’s the various stresses from compounded computer/website/work-related programs and knowing how much income I lose on a daily basis because of it.
Yahoo finally responded to my complaints – but they want my password, and I’m always suspicious of anyone who asks for my password. I’m uncomfortable with that. I’ll send them back all the information they requested EXCEPT the password. I don’t want tech support to have access to my credit card information. If the Site Builder is their system, they ought to be able to run tests without my password.
Too much stress, too much frustration, too much lost time and income.
On top of that, Microsoft gives me “RunTime Errors” every time I have a program open for more than five minutes, which is unacceptable.
I got up extra early to get some writing done before I had to leave for the show – and, yes, that’s right, before eight a.m., they were mowing the asphalt again. Now, if I had waited until 1 PM to sit at my desk, they wouldn’t have started until then. It’s ridiculous.
At least I got some good work done on The Widow’s Chamber. I’ve dropped some important clues and put in a bit of foreshadowing for the next section. The regular readers will get a little thrill (if I’ve done my job correctly) when they see how I tie in a character in New Orleans who is vital to the conclusion with something that happened on the road to Nashville. It also pulls back the story to its main focus, instead of some of the character tangentials I’ve taken over the past episodes.
Originally, I’d spread it out over episodes 97 and 98, but it felt drawn out and the tension slacked, so I made some cuts in #97 and moved the first page of #98 back into #97. It ratchets the tension up better and ending the episode with a confrontation with Luther rather than a demand from Aeneas works better.
I also decided to make Emily and Miranda sisters, which makes the stakes higher than if they were friends and neighbors. Hopefully, readers will receive a shock of recognition as Emily’s name comes up so far into the narrative, when it hasn’t been mentioned since the first score of episodes. And then, when I further reveal her position in the situation, it will add an interesting dynamic to what’s happening in New Orleans.
Daniel’s become too peripheral to the narrative, and I need to bring him into it more deeply soon.
Six more episodes to write in the next few days so that I’m were I need to be. The episodes have come slowly the past few days, but they’re important in setting up the structure of the next section and have to be handled just right. Too flippant and the reader won’t remember important information. Too heavy-handed and the reader won’t care. It’s a tightrope. Hopefully, I won’t slip off.