I know how Nick gets the sword. It’s freaking brilliant. The Girls are geniuses. I’m a genius. No, I won’t tell you, it’s a major plot point, but I love it so that one’s solved. And may even have solved the “Why does’t he talk like a Rennaissance Italian?” problem.
You know, when I’m good, I’m GOOD.
Remember Sense8, the Netflix show about eight people born on the same day at the same hour who are psychically linked so that share everything including fist fights, sex, and karaoke? I bitched about it because it was such a chaotic mess last year and raved about it because the characterization was so phenomenal, the romances so well crafted, and the emotional payoff so overwhelmingly satisfying. I’ve only watched the first two episodes of season two, and once again it moves like molasses on ice, but I’m in. Which is odd because I’m such a structure wonk. Where are the turning points? Where’s the escalation? Who cares? These characters are back. Turns out character really is everything.
Today is No Diet Day.
Or as I call it, any day of the week that ends in Y. Continue reading
It really is great to have so much feedback on the content of a Discovery Draft. (And nobody rewrote, so you are now expert beta readers.) So here are some of the questions I’m working on now as I continue making up stuff that will have to be fixed later, along with some character notes that you can tear apart.
Hey, it’s this Is a Really Good Book Thursday. Tell us the title and author of something delightful to read, fiction or non-fiction. The weekend is coming and we need good books!
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So I’m back in Discovery Draft for the rest of the book, and it’s terrible. I look at it and think, “Explanation, chat, more chat, something happens!, explanation, more chat . . .” And here’s the really bad part: no antagonist action. It’s just Nita and Nick trying to sort out the aftermath.
But then, it’s Discovery Draft.
The good thing about having worked through the first act is that I know it’ll be fine. That’ll be four thousand drafts from now, but it will be fine. There’s some comfort in that. Nora said once (paraphrasing here) that she could fix a bad page but she couldn’t fix a blank page. The discovery draft is just the first part of the journey, putting the colors on the page, so I’m settling in to admire all the bright, fun scenery as I wander through my story (there’s a dog!). My mind is actually a fun place to be.
So I’ll get serious later and remember I have antagonists after I’ve written my next twenty pages of Rab explaining to Nita how Hell works.
Today is Save the Frogs Day.
That includes the frogs that get you out from under yarn projects that you have decided you no longer want to pursue. Continue reading
Three times a day, we go out to the yard. (There’s a dog door out to the back that they can take any time they want, but we also do the formal bolt-for-the-side-yard. I shut them in and go do things like wake up or start lunch and then go back to see Mona and Veronica looking at me through the pickets, tragedy in canine form.
Welcome back to This Is a Really Good Book Thursday. Tell us the title and author of something delightful to read, fiction or non-fiction. The weekend is coming and we need good books!