Sunday, March 27, 2005

Sunday, March 27, 2005
Waning Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it.

Yesterday ended up being a pretty good writing day. I felt as though I was losing the Vince/Annie piece, so I decided to do some work on that first. I ended up writing twelve pages of Chapter One – about half of it. The rest of Chapter One and all of Chapter Two involves fact checking sites in Edinburgh, so I’m putting that aside for awhile – the dialogue is so wrapped in their roaming – basically, if this was a film it would be a walk-and-talk – that I can’t do any of it without the info. But I started Chapter Three. And someday, it will actually have a name.

Once I’d written myself out on that one, I pulled out Periwinkle. I got it back on track. There’s a lot of good stuff in it, and I just have to stay focused on the main storyline. Again, the place is as much of a character in this one (Montauk, in this instance) as Edinburgh is in the first section of the Vince/Annie piece. I fixed what wasn’t working in the first six chapters of Periwinkle and finished the first draft of Chapter Seven. I don’t think I’ll get as much done on it as I had hoped this month, but it’s back on track, and I think I’ll be able to start querying it in the summer. There’s already an agent who’s asked for the first look, so that person will get the first shot; if it doesn’t work out, I’ve got my list (and I even know where it is) to send further queries.

And Charlie Zablowski seems to be coping with the fact that he can’t be the main character in this book, but I will give him his own story.

I did some work on Ransagh. It was tough. The South is just going to be a problem. But I can’t jump ahead and write the west first and come back, because of the way the characters evolve through each direction. It has to be written in chronological order.

A friend came over for dinner, and while driving home after dropping my friend back off at home, listening to the radio, I came up with more Vince/Annie material.

Watched some bad television last night. I saw some really bad sci-fi – I think it was meant to be clever and funny, but it didn’t quite get there. But it gave me a good idea for yet another section of the Vince/Annie piece.

Worked on the handouts for next weekend’s class. Picked up a week of work on Wicked for the second week of April – it’s far enough in advance so if I push hard on the writing this week, I can focus on simply doing the show and sleeping the following week. Because a full eight shows will leave me with next to nothing for the writing.

I’m about to leave for the Botanical Garden – I’m meeting two friends from a writers’ group and I can hardly wait! The Bronx may never be the same, once we’re done there!

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