Thursday, February 28, 2013

Novel Enduro: Day IV

Today's word count: 3832.  Can I just say how awesome I feel about this?
Total word count: 73,987 of 90,000.
Percent completion: 82%.

Beautiful things: Martin, who is still hot; um, that's all, the rest was pretty ugly

Horrible things: zombie raccoon!  Which explodes!  I was so pleased with this I immediately put it on Twitter.  So if there's a rash of exploding zombie raccoons in your slush, you'll know who to blame.

Favourite sentence:  "Gavin's spirit mantled like a hawk, ready to rend."

Reason for stopping: eggplant.

Fetishes: wooden ring on index finger: Bellwoods bottlecap necklace.

Sustenance: soy maple lattes, a god-awesome sandwich with tempeh, kimchee and Baconnaise, a pint of Bellwoods' Roman Candle IPA.

Playlist highlights: Matt Mays, "Take It On Faith"; Cat Power, "Ruin"; Esthero, "Walking On Eggshells".

Warnings That Must Go On the Tin: Mum, you can't read this book.  Even if I forget and try to give it to you.  It has too many zombie things which you would not like, plus bad driving, and 'fuck' at least once in every chapter.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Novel Enduro: Day III

Today's word count: 3001. I really know how to nail that, apparently.
Total word count: 70,126 of 90,000.
Percent completion: 78%.

Beautiful things: heartbeats; the Bentley Continental GT

Horrible things: zombie sedan!

Favourite sentence:  "Painkillers didn't kill the pain so much as put it on a nearby shelf, where it sat glowering over him until it could come close again."

Reason for stopping: Lapdogs pub night.

Fetishes: South African bead bracelets, and pink shirt, because it's Pink Shirt Day.

Sustenance: white peach tea, olive bread, olive oil.

Playlist highlights: Airmech.  Again.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Novel Enduro: Day II

Today's word count: 4295!
Total word count: 67,175 of 90,000.
Percent completion: 74.6%.

Beautiful things: stair-spindles, winter grass, bright scraps, wallpaper flowers.

Horrible things: Terrence's people in hospitals, Terrence's poor lungs.



Favourite sentence:  "His spirit saw it too: Chicago in all of itself, under the sun."

Reason for stopping: to write this blog post, because that's what I felt like doing.

Fetishes: South African bead bracelets.

Sustenance: the rest of the corn chips, more grilled cheese, more Picholine olives, little tomatoes, soy maple latte.

Playlist highlights: Airmech by Front Line Assembly.  (Why does my novel about urban magicians require its soundtrack to be a concept album about mecha?  I don't know!  The mysteries of creativity!)

Bonus: although Tybalt mostly prefers the cat tree, he also napped on my copy of The Waste Land.  Cute and literary!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Novel Enduro: Day I

Today's word count: 3065! Right on target.
Total word count: 62,880 of 90,000.
Percent completion: 70%.

Beautiful things: A crisp checked shirt. Corn pudding (maybe it is not beautiful, but I am hungry).

Horrible things: Home truths. Coughing.  Someone is watching "Cheers".

Reason for stopping: I need to wash the dishes.

Fetishes: new yoga pants, Badger lip balm.

Sustenance: corn chips, grilled cheese, Picholine olives, hibiscus-jasmine tea.

Playlist highlights: Richard Thompson, "Pharaoh"; Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Pretty Little Ditty"; Wilco, "Reservations".

Bonus: the cats really like the new cat tree, and they stayed on it all day instead of messing with my desk!  The laptop was only bitten once.

Public Accountability: The Novel Enduro Begins

Today begins a two-week writing marathon.  My (rather ambitious) goal is to finish my novel-in-progress.  Here's a screen shot of my current stats (from Scrivener):
30,000 words to go; 10 business days to do it in.  That means 3000 words a day.  Folks, I've never written that much, that fast.  But I have another novel lined up behind this one, which I really want to get started on; I'm thirty-seven and not famous yet; I've carved out this space from a demanding day job; and the only way out is through.

Materials: Scrivener; my trusty Lenovo which I got at the end of last year's novel enduro; a new pair of yoga pants; typing fingers; playlists.  Plus a new cat tree, meant to keep the cats off my desk (wish me luck).

Cuing up my playlists... pouring the coffee... wrapping a scarf around my neck... and GO.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Story Day!

Item the first: "Bleaker Collegiate Presents an All-Female Production of Waiting for Godot" is live at Podcastle today, read by Tatiana Gomberg, who does a wonderful job as the voice of the young, jaded and vulnerable Deirdre.  I am so delighted by this.

Item the second: Congratulations to all of the Nebula nominees.  Many of the works on this list I've read and loved, and I'm looking forward to catching up on the others.  I see this as a very strong year all round and I'm full of joy at the strength, beauty and relevance of our genre, and awe at the, well, awesomeness of the people I know.

Item the third: speaking of beautiful and relevant work, Kelly Rose Pflug-Back has a wonderful story at Strange Horizons right now which you should go and read.

Item the third-B: the first comment on that story was a hilarious troll complaining about SH publishing too many lesbian stories.  (If you are wondering: yes, all of my SH stories feature lesbian or bisexual protagonists.  Viva la revolucion!  Although SH has plenty of stories without lesbians, also.)  (PS: The fun that was had on Twitter today... well, I found a whole bunch of awesome lesbian-story-writers to follow, and I said some things in all-caps.)

Now you know all of the most fun things in my day this day, and you can go forth and propagate them as you will.  (Especially if you like lesbian stories.  Just saying.)