Sunday, March 27, 2005
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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