July 29 Part II
I’m resisting work on the serials. I have to get back to it, because I’m never caught up for more than a moment. But the frustrations have grown so much that the joy’s gone out of it.
What I did, however, was sit down with the calendar and figure out how and when to wind them up. Tapestry is outlined all the way to the end – quite a few more episodes of that one – about 60-80 more, I think, to get through the current arc, the arc in Chicago, the arc in Edinburgh, and then the novel-length Finding Jake arc.
Angel Hunt needs more thought.
I outlined the rest of The Widow’s Chamber. I plan to end it on Nora’s wedding day. I’ve written 175 episodes so far – and the outline to the end of this tale is 5 pages long. That’s the outline. I’m figuring another 50-60 episodes. I’d like to get it down to 30 or 40, but not sure I can.
I’d like to sit down and write them all out and know and be done with it, but I can’t. I’ve been scrambling, doing two episodes at a time to keep up with everything, when I want to work in big chunks. I need to get back to doing a week dedicated to each serial, but, with all the problems, I haven’t been able to do it. I lose so much time re-doing work that mysteriously vanishes or dealing with rotating PR people or whatever new scheme is concocted that week that I lose valuable writing time, and I struggled to stay current, much less get ahead. The only serial on which I’m both caught up and ahead is Angel Hunt.
Did some tidying up and did a few pages on the Tracy piece. That’s got a nice rhythm that I don’t want to lose.
Also wrote a travel article for a new-to-me site. If I can sell them a few short travel pieces per month, that will be good both in terms of my credits and my wallet. So, we’ll see.
I’m going to try to get some more work done on Widow’s Chamber today, and I have to do some work on Tapestry. All I WANT to do is take a nap, but maybe that’ll be my reward if I have a couple of productive hours.