Archive for May, 2008


7 is done

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

Well, chapter 7 is banked. Got the revision done for the new lines, and added an extra scene that was pretty charged. I am pleased with the results. Now I just need to rework chapter 8 and Act I is done.

Finishing chapter 7 was fairly draining. I wrote a brutal murder scene which left me feeling simultaneously pleased with the drama, and yet sad for the character who died. Part of getting it right is to feel the scene enough to get across just how horrible it is. I think I can wring a bit more out of it, emotionally, when I do a final pass on the whole manuscript, but for now, it’s just fine.

I did have a look at chapter 8, but it is very complex, and it needs a lot of changes and, in places, wholesale rewriting to fit properly now. It’s not as much work as starting from scratch, but it’s still quite a task. After finishing chapter 7, I just didn’t feel much like doing the heavy lifting, so I will save it for tomorrow.

The good thing is that this is a holiday weekend, so I have extra time. I think it’s a good goal to try to finish before Tuesday. It’s doable, if I just buckle down and get it done. On the other hand, I hate to spend all of my holiday slaving away. (shrug) We’ll see how I feel.


Chapter 6 Done

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

Well, I finished it up late last night, and I am fairly pleased with it. Now it’s time to move on to the cleanup of chapter 7 and 8, which I think I can indeed finish this week, which means a wrap on Act I. Well, until I do a final edit anyway.

I expect chapter 7 to be very light on reworking, as I mentioned, but it occurred to me last night that I could add another scene that will really add some dimension to several characters and help me bridge the gap between new and old line behavior.

And, yes, I realize that this is all very vague, but this is really to motivate me to finish, rather than to communicate anything, and besides, it won’t make sense unless you actually read what I am working on. There is no point in that occurring until I finish Act I, at which point I will be glad to let folks see if they ask.
Right now, I think that will happen this week. Chapter 7 looks easy, but chapter 8 is going to  be tricky, and may require a fair amount of stuff be discarded and rewritten. We’ll see.


Still working on 6

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

Chapter six, not the cylon model. It’s coming along, but it’s taking some time. I think tonight it will be done, though I may not get the chance. I have a lot to do with the new house, and I may have to sign paperwork tonight. This is not a bad thing by any means, so I will simply adjust rather than complain bitterly as I am wont to do.


Still not done with 6

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

In the pursuit of being honest with myself, I need to note I have failed at reaching my goal of completing the new chapter I wanted to insert. Admittedly, I have quite a bit going on, so I won’t beat myself up about it, but it’s only about 2/3’s done. I expect to finish it tonight, and get chapter 7 revised with the new storyline in a day or so. Chapter 8 needs a fair amount of rework, at least a day or two. However, chapter 8 marks the end of Act I, which is my goal for the week, so I might be able to catch up. It’s doubtful, though, considering I will probably be moving into the new house this weekend. I’ll try to reassess my goals once I know where I’ll be living for the next week.

At any rate, once I get done with revising chapter 8, I will essentially have 1/3 of the novel in draft form, with about ten more chapters that need to be written, and another ten already written but needing to get reworked with the new plot lines. With due diligence, this could all be in 1st draft format by the end of summer, provided I stay focused.

I find that having a dedicated fan does wonders for one’s motivation.


House Soon

   Posted by: amrath    in Meta-Issues, Real Life, Out of Character, Etc.

Well, if all continues to go well (and there’s no reason why it won’t), we should be in the new house on Friday. As you might expect, I’ve gone to great pains to see that cable and internet are installed the very instant I have the keys in my hand. In the meantime, I’ll be thawing out the rest of the meat in the freezer and doing a big bbq so I have less frozen crap to move. Ideally, there will be nothing frozen to move at all.  What this means in simpler terms is steak and salmon like it’s going out of style.

I like the sound of that.


Oh, dear, I may be too fat

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

Well, I have decided to indeed add in a chapter to bridge the gap between the old story lines and the new. I have roughed out the remainder, and am changing my plan for the week. I’ll finish chapter 6, and then next week rework the old versions of chapter 7 and 8.

The current outline is about thirty pages long, and I have something like 42 chapters specced out, about twenty of which are written. I would say that there are five key momentous events, and three of these are already written. In addition, save for some few remaining details, the remaining chapters, while unwritten, are scripted out. All in all, I am much more than halfway done. I am more like 2/3’sof the way there.

My biggest concern at this point is that this thing is huge, something like 250k words. This is very likely to make the novel difficult to sell as an unknown. I’m not sure if I can do much about the size, though. I don’t put in much frivolous stuff. Still, it may be that I am going to have to cut a lot of stuff to get this down to size. It’s something I need to think about as I take my final pass at reweaving the new plot lines into the old ending.


Chapter 6 Progress

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

Got about 7 pages done last night. It took some time, but turned out to be very decent. I have about 10 more to go to connect up with what I have already written, assuming I don’t decide to add an extra chapter here. I am currently debating whether or not I want to do that, but right now, I am leaning toward it. It will allow me to deepen some characters and sharpen some points of conflict between others. I am well on schedule, even losing Monday night due to being sick.

Tonight, I think I will only write for a bit. I didn’t quite finish the scene last night, so there are 3 or four more pages left. Then I think I’ll play some WoW and whack some fools. But first, the writing….


The Situation Thus Far….

   Posted by: amrath    in Current Projects

Ive just been picking at Scion for quite some time, dragging my feet resolving a lot of difficulties created by the new plot lines. That being said, I still have half a novel or more written, and am approaching a fairly coherent first ten chapters. After that, things are shaky. Chapters need to be reworked to account for new characterizations and events, foreshadowing needs to be altered, etc, and then a lot of chapters aren’t even begun. There is still a lot of work to do, but it’s certainly a manageable task. I just need to stay motivated.

So, rough plan for this week: I will finish adding in new material to chapter 6, and I will rework both chapter 6 and 7 with the new plot lines. This is a fair amount of work, but it’s doable if I spend an hour or two in the evenings every day. Once I finish these, I will essentially have a coherent “Act I” in place. It’s a good stopping point, and I think I will make these available to some folks to read for critiques.

I am still uncertain how I plan to do this, but I think I will end up putting them on the site with some kind of password. It’s not a security thing. Hell, I have no problem if the whole world reads my stuff. In fact, I’d prefer it. All artists are, to some degree, exhibitionists. No, it’s that the publishing industry still hasn’t sorted out what ‘published’ means, so I run the risk of getting my work into the ‘previously published’ category if I make it freely available to anyone.

When I am ruler of the world, we’ll sort that out. In the meantime, we must find ways to circumvent small minded fools and their foolish technicalities. We are, after all, smarter than them, right?

If you are interested in getting involved, by all means, let me know. I could really use a lot of different eyes on this stuff.


New Beginnings

   Posted by: amrath    in Meta-Issues, Real Life, Out of Character, Etc.

As has been pointed out to me both by others and by life itself, It is time to do less contemplation, and more work. This is part of that. Once, I used a journal to keep myself honest about weight loss. I think I shall do the same with writing.