Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

When it comes to issues with clients at work, it is not always my fault, so I need to stop feeling guilty, even when I'm the one getting yelled at.

On to writing stuff ...

Journal of the Dead: 3/4ths of the way through and making slow headway. There are some odd pacing things in this manuscript that disturb me - the story pacing is fine, but occasionally, there are several really short scenes in a row, usually because of travel / preparation time during which most of the entries would logically be brief updates. I think it's a weakness of the format, and I think the overall impact is minor enough that it's not a concern.

Almost finished with the free-write I've been expanding into a full story. This one, I'm concerned that I made it unnecessarily complicated. Did I need to make the main character sunsick? It adds to the stakes and gets the MC into a better position for the finale, but it also adds another character (a healer) and just generally makes the thing longer. Hopefully, if I can finish it and put it away for a while, I'll be to give it an honest eye and decide.

Scylla and Charybdis - about the same point as last week. Had a brainstorm about what to do with secondary character Upala, whose long intro chapter I had been thinking was unnecessary fluff. Now I've found how I'm going to tie it together. Really, I need to stop questioning my brain and let it do its own thing. Nine times out of ten, the problem solves itself. It's really weird having this sensation of an interior collaborator who rarely communicates with me, but always knows what she wants.


Aubrie said...

Let me know if you need a beta reader for anything you write! I'd love to read something.

Here's my email
aubriedionne at

Lindsey Duncan said...

Are you talking short stuff or bits of long? Though I will keep that in mind!

Aubrie said...

Either one!