Don’t Break Out The Nerf Bats

All right, it’s totally official now.  I work too much.  I think too much.  I’m never going to be able to keep up, even at the pace I work to.  That’s almost sad, except when it’s amazing, which it is right now.

That outline I started on Friday for All Stitched up?  Done.  Finished. In the can.  9,070 words of outline completed (my longest ever by a significant amount). Okay, I’m not totally sure that it’s all there.  I think I may, again, be missing a thread in this planned tapestry, but I’ll figure it out.  For now, it goes in the drawer (oh look, that thing’s filling up again…) and I shall continue doing what I’m doing.

And what am I doing? Um, well… Nobody hit me over the head, even with a nerf bat, please.  I blame NaNo.  I totally blame Camp for this one.  You see, yesterday was the first day you could validate your novel for Camp and win.  So I did.  I knew I was playing with fire, given how very desperately I wanted to go back and reread Where The Ether Flows, but I did it because I wanted my shiny badge and the certificate that I’ll keep and never get around to filling out.  Trust me, it’s what’s happened so far with the certificate from last November too.

See? Shiny badge.  The problem with opening the Word document I have the novel in so that I could copy and paste it all into the validator is that, well, I didn’t stop.  Or maybe it’s better to say I started.  I started reading it.  And I didn’t stop.  So I guess both were true.  Either way, I went through the first two chapters last night of Ether Flows.  I’m doing the pdf mark up (don’t ask how it’s still the word document’s fault then, just accept that it is) and being my usual demanding, vicious self.  That isn’t to say that it’s bad, just that I can see places where I can and will make it better.  Right now, mostly I’m just flagging those sections for work when I’ve finished rereading the whole thing.  I’m trying to console the part of me that’s wailing about only making it 5 days by pointing out to myself that it means the story will be fresh in my mind when I go to write Stitched in August.  I think people will only be surprised if I DON’T write Stitched for August Camp.  And to think I wasn’t sure if I’d have anything ready when they first announced both Camps many months ago.

Worse, I had another idea eat my brain last night.  I swear, they’re worse than zombies.  I was cruising around a writing forum and something random caught my brain, which turned it into something completely different and unrelated.  But it’s got serious potential.  Add another one to my list of Notes documents.  I’m not sure what I’m going to code name this one.  The one I’m using in my notes isn’t going to work because it gives something major away, which I refuse to do publicly.  Oh well, it’s going to the back of my brain for now anyway.  See what I meant about never being able to keep up?

I keep having these post ideas that I intend to work on and post, and then other things more immediate get in the way.  One of these days, really, I will get to them.  Maybe during my 4-day weekend coming up.


About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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4 Responses to Don’t Break Out The Nerf Bats

  1. jmmcdowell says:

    I am so not surprised! 😀 And you’ll probably finish this one’s first draft no later than 18 days into Nano in August! And another idea ready for November….

    Now please excuse me as a try to wrap up a new scene for my Death Out of Time revisions. I finally figured out what it needs to do for the story! 🙂

    • Julie says:

      Excellent! Glad to hear things are going well with your revisions. 🙂 Isn’t it wonderful when something finally falls into place for a story?

      As for another idea ready for November, well, that’s what book 3 is for…

  2. Celtic Forest Dweller says:

    To quote a friend of mine: “I’m very blatantly NOT SURPRISED at this revelation.” 😀

    As for you reading it already, well, I’m sure it’s just Ether Flows’ way of keeping the drawer from overflowing. *nods*

    Also, LOVELY ROSE! ❤

    • Julie says:

      It’s a magical drawer. It can’t overflow, not that Devan would care either way. He just wants his story told.

      Thanks about the pic. I didn’t think it turned out that well when I took it, but when I got home, I was suitably impressed. 🙂

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