Okay, life is once again under control. It’s not perfect, but it’s livable. All of the appliances are now in working order, and we are settled enough to feel like we actually have a home now. There is still chaos in the garage, but I am slowly getting a handle on that as well, and I am making steady progress. I managed to nearly sever a finger this weekend in that pursuit, but that’s the price of progress, eh?

All of this means there is no longer any excuse for not writing (Save for my sore finger! Hopefully, it will be less painful in a few days, because it’s quite an impediment to typing at the moment!) Chapter 8 is the climax of Act I, and took quite a bit of rethinking to make work with the new plotlines. I managed to get the synopsis of this act hammered out while we were on vacation, so actually writing the draft chapter will be considerably less difficult. My goal is to finish chapter 8 this week.

As I said, we made the news with our ceremony, and here is the piece. Thanks go out to all involved, with special thanks to Joe Martinez, who nearly died of a heat stroke in the Vader costume; my brother Dan, for helping pull it all together; Eric Decker, who threw out his back taking pics (which I hope to see soon!); Leonard Zahare and my nephew Devan Harrison for their spirited Jedi interloper roles; and reporter Sam Griswold at CBS 42 who filmed this and send us the edited piece.

And to Jess, of course, for being there.

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July 19th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Well, I have returned from my vacation/wedding/honeymoon/scifi convention, and I am doing my best to pick up all of the threads I left on the ground before I left. The house still needs much work to be settled, and I feel it all the more because I’ve been living out of a suitcase for weeks. We still have boxes of ‘stuff’ everywhere. It’s hard to find the simplest of things because so much still needs to be unpacked and put in its place. It’s basically on top of my agenda to get things sorted out by the weekend so I can actually relax a bit. It’s just too hard when I am surrounded by work I know must be done.

At least I can now check off ‘buy house’ and ‘get married’ from my to-do list. However, it has come to my attention of late that a new item, ‘have kid’, has been scheduled for about nine months in the future. It would seem our ceremony aligned well with the vibrations of The Force.

So, this penny dreadful novel I call life will have a new character, hopefully a great hero, or at least a great villain, and not some drab, mediocre, unnamed stable hand or bar maid who never ventures more than a few miles from home. Names are important and symbolic, so let this new character be well named. For that, we must think long and long.

Fortunately, we have some months, due to simple mechanics.

Hmm. I think this could be a telling moment. Vader must be working some sorcery here with his gestures. (I had no idea he would be a Coke fan.)

Vader working some kind of sorcery.

I’m on vacation, so I am disinclined to write overmuch, but this needs to be posted. Looks like we made the news.

Apparently, there is also video that was broadcast on the news, but it’s not up on the site yet. If I can lay hands on it, I’ll be sure to link it.

Well, I can’t say I have gotten much writing done of late, but I have been quite busy. I closed on the new house last week, and Jess and I have been busting our asses moving and organizing, as well as finding workarounds for several problems with appliances. The microwave, dishwasher, water heater, and garage door opener are all broken to one degree or another. I filed claims with the home warranty, so hopefully, these will be fixed and/or replaced shortly. There was another minor fright when we discovered the washer and dryer did not fit in the space provided. On one side, there was the water heater stand, fairly overlarge, and on the other, a saggy, kinda makeshift workbench made of particle board. I solved this problem by knocking the hell out of the workbench and removing the pieces. Now we can do laundry.

There are, as I have always said, few problems which cannot be solved by the suitable application of high explosives.

Currently, the 2 car garage is filled with stuff, much of which needs to be put up on craigslist and sold, or perhaps yard-saled. That doesn’t even count the storage facility we have rented, which is also filled.  Both Jess and I have just craploads of stuff from past lives, doubles and triples of everything: kitchen appliances, dishes, furniture. I even have a huge riding lawnmower that is completely unsuitable. Why do I still have it? Why have I carted it around? I guess, in the end, it was just hard to let go of things, easier to let it molder away in darkness in the garage. But the time has come. You haven’t really moved on until you clean up the mess, have you? In a pinch, I am not above taking a lot of it to the dump, though I suppose goodwill would be better, in that I could get some tax advantages.

So, with luck, in a few days I will at least know where my shoes are, even if I am not quite certain how the fucking courtroom scene should play out given the new plotlines.

And all of that just in time to plan a wedding, a two-car cross country trip, get myself a dark jedi costume, write vows, write a script for the wedding, buy plane tickets for various people, help organize gaming for my brother’s convention, and about a hundred other things. I have so many freaking balls in the air that you can’t even see my arms moving.

And I suppose, in truth, that’s how I like it.

I’ll be back at the writing by August. Until then, I’ll just focus on not  having a stroke. That seems a worthwhile goal.


7 is done

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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

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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.

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.

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