Thursday, November 30, 2006
Total Tally 50,216 words and 135 pages
I think the Keep is gone. Not sure. There was a tremendous burst of phosphorescent fire (maybe the golden fleas?) and then I stopped writing, just before the epilogue. There will be an epilogue for sure. I started to write it and said:
"No. I want to go home now." So I did. I think my muse understood.
My first NaNo and I think I did okay. I didn't obssess, I took breaks, but I didn't slack off either.
New Nick Cave album in March: the Grinderman :) Don't know about that moustache Nicks got though***CV
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Everyone is gathering inside the Keep as the maze is playing Mother May I and not following the rules! It's taking all the giant steps forward, and upward, it feels like. And there is a strange green flickering fire that has appeared in the West Ballroom.
At this point I'm giving up on knowing how it will end. I have approximately 2,200 more words left: I'll let the story tell me how it ends. I have such very clear images of two very differnt possibilities.
It's been a lot of fun to do this challenge. I started just for the fun of it and I don't think I would have been disappointed if I ended in the 20Ks now. But being this close. it seems silly to not reach the full out goal.****CV
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I was so depressed this morning and I couldn't figure out why. I finally realized it's beause the story is almost finished. I really like finding out each day what the characters are up to and after Thursday *sniff*
"But wait", I hear you say (after picking yourself off the floor from laughing about my becoming distraught at saying goodbye to fictional characters) "you can just write another story with the same characters." To which I reply: I think not.
See I'm pretty sure how it will end, I'm just working on getting to that point. And, well, it doesn't look too good. In fact, as Four would say:
Oh, that's just depressing. I want a cheerful story next time.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Current Tally 42, 271 words and 114 pages
Something is in the maze. What it is we do not know. Really. Even I have no idea what it is. I don't think it's a good thing though. It's all kinds of nasty fungus colors. Spider and He are still stuck in the maze. Everyone else got out. Oh dear.
The Chess Queen, a feminist speculation on the origin of the queen piece in chess. Fun stories about famous historical queens. Not so sure I accept the author's conclusions though
Separtions by Massimo Bontempelli. Two magical realist tales about mothers and their childen who may or may not be their children. Oddly enough I feel like I'm watching a Japanese supernatural film as I read this book.
Next: House of the Seven Gables, ah Nathaniel :)***CV
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Are you bored yet? Have a limerick.
From the Stacks: Book I
So *the Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (704pp) There are lots of bits about travelling into different countries which were interesting and I enjoyed some of the secondary characters she created: Turgut, Stoichev (so cute I wanted him to be my granpa). The vampires were sad. I know in real life I would be terrified of the librarian but ... it's a book and I wasn't scared. Worse I had little to no sympathy for the main characters. I did like the bits of history that made up the investigation and I liked Stephen's tale: especially all the side notes about what part was from version A and what from version B. And I liked the parts that actually had Dracula in it, which was oh that last 50 pages or so.
If you want to read this book it's not bad: just long and slow. I would recommend borrowing it from the library. ***CV
Friday, November 24, 2006
Yes it takes me over 250 words to hopefully create a rope and save myself from the giant hole I was about to fall into. I still don't know if it will work. Critic I and Critic 2 are rather miffed with me and are demanding their money back. Then they remembered they were in the book for free and now want their time back. *sigh*
The Historian. Yeah. Around the 600's it picks up. A little. Not much. But there are only 100+ pps left so it should be done before I go to sleep.
Huh. Is it just me or is there something wrong with thinking that finishing a vampire story right before bed is okay?
I am currently being grateful for a challenging person in my life. It has taken me over two hours to see a positive aspect to a phone all I received this afternoon. One is better than none I suppose.****CV
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Yup. No writing today and it feels just fine :) I do not work well under consistent and unrelenting pressure, self imposed or other. I need my breaks.
Went to a two hour class today (Oh how I miss these long classes). It's the kind of class where you feel like you're cooling down but you're not. Very nice.
Then I was headed towards a write-in at Powell's, but after browsing the aisles (Birth of the Chess Queen by Marilyn Yalom and Separations by Massimo Bontempelli) I decided to see if any cafes in my neighborhood were open at all. Found one: five minutes before it closed. Came on home and continued reading the Historian. I'm over halfway through.
I think one of the bits of the book that bothers me is that the vampires are cardboard. They are scary, they have long teeth, they do not like crucifixes. And? So I am enjoying the tour of eastern europe. Perhaps Josef will up the excitement, or not.
Interesting that as I was browsing the aisle looking for the End of Mr. Y I saw a new edition of Dracula with a very Nosferatu inspired cover.
'Course what better way to spend a national holiday then reading a vampire book and sipping tea? ;)***CV
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Current tally 35, 050 words and 96 pages
Let's talk about something else shall we?
The Historian. Right. I remember reading Dracula. Not the stellar experience. It was all right but not great. Perhaps my expecations were too high. I had seen all the Hammer films, I had seen both Nosferatus; so I had this sense that Dracula must be a GREAT GOTHIC work.
What I read was a ... ummmm ... work. It was a travelogue and it was quiet and the monster was not what he appeared in the films. I suppose one could argue that this is exactly why one should read the book then see the movie. Hard to do when the Dracula myth is so huge culturally.
So the Historian. Deja vu? Considering it is attributing much of its premise to the existence of Drakulya: I'm still waiting to develop some sympathy for the characters. I am enjoying the "book" and "research" descriptions. *shrug* I couldn't get into the Name of the Rose either.
I will finish the story. It's not offensive it's just not riviting. And this may be one reason why I never got into vampire stories. (Sunshine and Twilight excepted :) They seldom realise their potential***CV
I am only up to page 250. It may pick up***CV
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Current Tally: 33, 528 words and 92 pages (1 day behind schedule)
A little over 2K words today which is not too bad considering that I only worked on it for an hour and a half. I can feel the edges of the wall though. I think I need to describe the setting more as there has been a lot of action and conversation.
It may be that the scene I wanted to work on a few days ago is ready to appear.
All I know is that I've asked Msr. Balzac to take over the next few thousand words with one, possibly two, of his expositions. He has plenty of coffee, a desk littered with hand inked notes, and is suitably attired in his dressing gown and slippers:
Monsieur, appres vous***CV
Monday, November 20, 2006
Current Tally: 31, 511 words and 88 pages
At least I'm getting Nick Cave lyrics down. Oddly enough I write more when I listen to his CDs than when I don't. Opposites breed creativity?
The plot she is a draggin'. Perhaps it's because I've reahed past the middle of the word count and that means it's time to start balancing the story, as in figure out how to have a proper ending? Of course proper doesn't neccessarily mean happy. One of my characters commented that not all stories have a proper-typical or expected, ending.
I look at my count and notice that I wrote nearly 3,200 words today (in 3hours); but oh getting those words out.
I need to do the same tomorrow to be caught up.
Nine more days.***CV
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Current tally 28,338 words and 78 pages
There is some movement but not what I expected. Spider and Crystobell have entered the Maze which means Two and Three are terrified that Crystobell is going to tell on them ('cause he can see them pretending to be doorways).
'Course Crystobell may be too busy wondering what is up with those curly slippers?
No knitting. Some reading. The Historian is good so far. ****CV
Saturday, November 18, 2006
I went to the cafe and refused to leave until I had 25K words. In the course of which I was asked by some college students to particpate in a project and read a quote while being filmed. It was a Thoreau quote BTW.
I changed fox to Cat. It makes so much more sense that way.
Oh it just occurred to me. I have been so busy making sure that all the characters get something to do that I've left poor rabbit out. Hmmmm.
Meanwhile everyone else is busy staring at nothing: heh. I made them all feel my writers block. They're all either watching each other, facing a literal blank wall, staring into a bottomless pool, or choosing between two identical doors in a maze Never fear. Two and Three are the doors keeping Mr. stuck in the rose Maze company. He's turning out to be quite smart after all.***CV
Friday, November 17, 2006
Is it possible to have too many potential plot points and so reach the state known as brain freeze? I'm trying not to become deeply mystical, but then , golly with Two and Three how could one possibly become even remotely serious?
One of the (many) NaNo dares is to pick a CD and incorporate all of its song titles into a chapter. With the way this story is coming along I'd have no trouble using all the Cocteau Twins titles and it would make perfect sense.
Maybe a new character called peppermint pig ;)***CV
Thursday, November 16, 2006
And where did this Fox character come from? But maybe it's not a fox? Maybe its Coyote instead? I hope it's not Cat trying to upstage everyone else again. We shall see.
I think the minions may be feathered. Still working on verbal visuals.
I was browsing a shop today and found a set of cards that has all my characters on them, so far. Seriously, almost exactly as I've pictured them. So I bought the set.***CV
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
So Mr Rose Maze nearly got trapped into an Escher picture (the one with the staircases that go up and down and oblique and never ever stop). So he's having a bit of a lie down where he started from and is deciding which of the other three openings he's going to try next.
Meanwhile my MC has realized that the Rose Maze may actually be in the Keep proper and not some fancy garden outside of it.
I think my next goal is to actually describe what my characters look like. I did for some of them in the prewrite stage (Crystobell and Solitude) which I can't include in my word count. But I haven't made verbal portraits of Mistress, Cat, She, He, Critics 1 and 2, Minions One through Four, Charlie the dumb/waiter, the Librarian, or Spider. I've alluded to Fish and the Latin speaking white rabbit.
If I could do a page each that would bring me to about 57 pages, I have 48 so far.
I also think I have enough characters now. So accept for maybe the odd author tribute (Poe has come and gone) I'm going to see how this gang gets along***CV
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Latest character is a librarian who was caught shredding some of the Keep's books by Mistress and is now busy gluing them back together. (Hey I'm just writing it and I do believe I mentioned surreal). Mr Stuck in the Rose Maze has just figured out what heavily embroidered robes are good for, unfortunately an invisible Cat has decided to visit him and be helpful. Fish is watching , and there is a latin speaking white tailed rabbit.
I don't think there are any more characters coming but since I haven't reached the half way point yet, there may still be more on the way***CV
Monday, November 13, 2006
There was a Parent Event tonight, so I snuck in a half hour of NaNoing before hand and added 700+ words.
You know what's scary? Realizing through ones own writing exactly how influential that first big chapter book from childhood can be. Mine was Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I look at what I'm writng and I am afeared :)
And my MC seems to be in serious trouble. Either that or Cat thinks he should be the MC***CV
Sunday, November 12, 2006
One of the characters was rather miffed that he hadn't had a turn on the pages for a while. (Why yes my characters have no notion of a fourth wall, why do you ask?) So I put him in very tall, very thick, very thorny rose maze. He is wearing very curly toed velvet slippers and dressed in heavily embroidered silk robes.
He seems worried.
I can't imagine why***CV
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Current tally; 10,065
Latest news is that to be on schedule one should have 25K by the 15ht which means oh about 3,750 a day from tomorrow on.
One: Where’ve you been?
Two: What do you mean?
One: Where’ve you been?
Three: I don’t know what you mean
One: Where. Have. You. Been.
Two and Three: Oh
Two: Well if you would insist on contracting your words you must understand that one has trouble….
One: Oh come off it
Three: (sulkily) Oh very well. Just having a bit of fun.
Two and Three looked at each other before bursting out as one: We’ve been down the Dumbwaiter!
Amazed One said: You mean its back?
Two and Three: Yes! Isn’t that fab?
One: Do you all remember the last time the dumb waiter appeared?
Two and Three considered the question, which was rather a challenge for them as they were such present living individuals. To have to think about something either in the past or future context rather placed a damper upon their fun loving natures. They thought it a bit unfriendly of One to ask it of them. But than that was One for you, always a stick in the mud. They might as well humor him.
Two: Well as I recall….
Three: The last time the dumbwaiter appeared….(surprised) We couldn’t go down him at all!
Two: Not without….
Together: (Hilariously) Flattening him like a pancake!
Two and Three rolled around the floor in a cascade of hilarity while One looked on stone faced and Four began perusing her feet for fleas. After a few moments Two and Three lay gasping for breath and wiping the tears from each others eyes.
Three: So what’s your point?
One: (through clenched teeth) My point is, if the Dumb Waiter has reappeared as a dumbwaiter someone new must have entered the Keep.
Two and Three: Oh
And after deep and serious contemplation of the serious consequences of such information, Two and Three looked at each other again, shrugged their shoulders and turning to One said simultaneously,
Two and Three: And?
Sighing quietly to himself, One turned to Four and asked her if she remembered her friend the dumb waiter who had not been around for a while. At this question Four brightened and said,
“Oh Charlie? Yes of course I remember Charlie. S/he was such fun. Is s/he back? Can we go visit Charlie before seeing Mistress?” ****CV
Friday, November 10, 2006
I joined the From the Stacks challenge 'cause I have two, count 'em 2, months to read five books. So doable. Not like that crazy 60+ in three months. My selection consists of:
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Two passing Wits
Three: Ho there! Bobby Watson innnit?
Two: What? Bobby what, Son?
Three: Not what son. Watson. Which Watson are you?
Two: Witch son?
Three: No. Which Watson, not witch son.
Three: Yes. So which Watson?
Two: Sew a witch, what, son?
Two: Right What should I sew the witch, son. I must say. I am surprised that you can tell that I’m a tailor.
Three: A Taylor?
Two: No a tailor.
Three: Oh a tal-er.
Two: No a tailor!
Three: A tail-er?
Three: Oh now that’s a good one
Two: You think so?
Two: Think Cat would like it?
Three: He might. Mistress wouldn’t that’s for sure
Two: You’re right there, but she doesn’t like much does she? It’s hard to tell with Cat though.
Three: Say, where is Cat?
Two: Dunno. Haven’t seen him in ages.
Three: Well that’s not good….
Two: Well it’s not bad….
Three: And if it’s not bad….
Two and Three: It’s a bit of alright!!
Laughing giddily Two and Three first cha-cha-ed then fandango-ed their way along the corridor and then, with a whirl and a toss that would make any top to toe double wide shouldered jitterbug daddio turn green with envy and fear, they disappeared, plummeting into the depths of the Keep’s dumbwaiter.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Spider knits by the way.
Three and Two are a couple of comedians from the Ionesco/Python school. Be afraid ;)
I just found all this really interesting information about Vincennes and the D'Coucy estate. Who knew such fascinating places existed? I want to go to France now.
I also picked up two books today: one of Remedios Varo's work and that other is A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman.
Inspiration don't you know :)***CV
Saturday, November 04, 2006
So, if someone you knew, liked, and trusted offered to pay your entrance fee for a meditation seminar would you accept? What if you had 8,ooo words to write and the seminar occurred during your writing time?
So 1,202 words in 1.5 hours and the Cat has appeared. Poor Crystobell >:) ***CV
Friday, November 03, 2006
I've recieved some feedback about the writing (voice, characters, style) and I want to put out a question to whoever is interested in responding. What is the difference between orthodox and unorthodox writing?
I've really never heard these terms before. I love learning new things :)***CV