Friday, February 25, 2005
Sunny and cold
We didn’t have anywhere near the kind of snow they predicted – I think we had only about 5 inches. It looks great, and the roads are already cleaned up. Now, they’re saying we’ll have another major storm Monday into Tuesday.
I’m not going to hold my breath.
I have to thank my friend and colleague Eileen (Musings and Considerations . . .) for her take on Wednesday night’s episode of Lost. I was so focused on the things that didn’t work for me in the episode that I failed to mention all the beautiful, human moments that were scattered throughout. Hop on over to her blog and read her post for the episode, “Why I Love Lost” -- she’s got some excellent observations. And I thank her for reminding me of the need not to get so bogged down in one area of thought about the show that I forget all the other wonderful details.
I wrote one full episode of Charlotte that’s almost ready to go and roughed out three additional episodes. I hope I can get them polished and sent today, so that I can turn my attention back to Widow’s Chamber.
Struggling with the tarot column, mostly due to focus. I’m trying to say too much in too small a space. I need to split it into more than one column and restructure. I want to get that out today.
Working on the hockey article. I’ve heard a bunch of different rumours and I have to fact check. Usually, the fact-checking takes longer than anything else.
I did twelve pages on Ransagh yesterday. They’re done with the North and headed East. They encountered a group of pilgrims I wasn’t expecting and that allowed for some interesting theosophical conversation. That section makes a point, but hopefully I’ve wrapped it in lively enough dialogue so it doesn’t come across as heavy-handed. We’ll see. They’ve met the angel with the broken wing, and he’s causing much more friction within the group than I expected.
Even though I have an overall idea of the ground I want to cover in each section – both in a literal and a metaphorical sense, where to pay homage to mythology and archetype and where to play against it – the characters are rich enough to keep surprising me. My work on the piece every day is a joy.
Even if it was the only piece to which I gave my attention right now, I don’t think it could progress faster than it is. It has set its own pace. And the discovery is exciting.
I looked at my “To Do” list from this month’s GDR, and I’m reasonably satisfied. If I can get out some query letters this weekend, I’ll be content. I need to streamline my query process. For some reason, I think I’m making it much more complicated than it needs to be, but I’m not sure how to fix it.
I’m not feeling particularly talented today, but hopefully, as I get into the work, I’ll also get out of my own way and get down to it.
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