Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Partly sunny and cool
I fell asleep a little after nine p.m. last night, completely worn out both physically and emotionally. I feel better today, although there’s a knot in the shoulder I injured a few years ago, and yoga isn’t releasing it.
I revised episodes 59, 60 & 61 of Angel Hunt and sent them off. I realized I used some of yesterday’s frustration in the chapters and it worked. A character name Dani walked in the door and had a good bit to say, much to my surprise. I have a feeling she’ll be more important in the overall piece than I planned. My original intent was that she walks in, buys some stuff, and leaves. But she has other ideas.
One thing I love about the serials is that I can juggle a vast cast of characters. I could never get away with such a large group in a regular novel – although the first hockey novel, Clear the Slot, has a lot of characters.
I’m standing firm with Clear the Slot to balance the stories of all the team members, not just focus on two or three. That’s caused problems with agents, but there are a few editors intrigued. I need to do another rewrite – I want to cut about sixty pages and rework a few things and then I’ll do the next round of queries on it. Clear the Slot has been neglected far too long, and it’s the project closest to my heart.
Of course, the minute I sat down to my desk, they started mowing the asphalt again. Now, why do you have to mow asphalt at 8 o’clock in the morning? If I’d waited until 10 or 1 or whenever – the machines would be turned on the second I sat at my desk. It never fails.
Wrote the first draft of Issue #62 of Angel Hunt. Now to eat, do the morning chores, and head in to the theatre.