Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Weather: Who knows? It’s still dark outside

I woke up at 5 AM. Since I had to get up just before six in order to make a 7 AM train, it wasn’t worth going back to sleep. So now it’s nearly 6, did all the morning chores, yoga, fed the cats, checked e-mail, and am gulping down some coffee. I can squeeze in about thirty minutes of writing (maybe 45) before I have to slap on some make-up and dash for the train.

Day work was fine yesterday. The call flew by, mostly because I was working out storylines for various pieces. Between train time and my break, I managed to write 9 pages on The Other Project and 2 pages on Amber Tiger. I wanted to do more than 2 on AT, but that brought me to chapter’s end and break’s end simultaneously, so it seemed like a good stopping point.

My attempt/wish/goal for The Other Project is to write 4 pages per day to see if it works. I wrote 9 yesterday, sort of by accident. That doesn’t mean I can skip today. It still means I have to write at least 4. I don’t get to keep pages on credit. Four pages a day is four pages a day. It’s working itself out in an interesting way – it seems to be unfolding gently and reasonably, and then these little bits of something odd peek out, so it’s obvious that all is not what it seems. We shall see where we go with it.

I’m intrigued by the idea of National Novel Writing Month in November, where one writes a 75,000 word first draft in a month. But can I take on yet something else? KIC is going to do a print magazine, and I’d like to be a regular contributor for that, if my work is appropriate. So I just don’t know.

Right now, it’s all a mystery, puzzle, etc. I just show up every day at the page.

After day work, I did a barter with a friend. I gave her a tarot reading and she got the knots untwisted in my neck and shoulders. Then we went out for drinks and appetizers at a local Mexican restaurant and had a good time. I got home in time to catch a few minutes of the VP debate. It looked fairly evenly matched, and I was pleased by Edwards’s specificity. I’ll take a look at the whole thing when I get home later today, so I can actually have an informed opinion.

Before I turned on the TV, though, I rewrote the Sphinx article and sent it off. I could go to sleep with a clear conscience, even though I woke up at 5 this morning, all perky and ready to go. The cats thought I was crazy. And they’re probably right. But if it means a bit of time at the desk before my day work call, I’m all for it.



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