This week I read about wizards (Rivers of London) and a non-magical romance, which is why I’m not mentioning the title. There was nothing wrong with it except the Big Misunderstanding which I almost always find annoying, but there wasn’t anything right with it, either, anything that made me sit up in surprise or laugh or, well, anything. My goal is to find a new book that halfway through doesn’t make me skip to the end just to get out of it. I’ll keep trying, but Rivers of London is saving me this week.
I spent most of yesterday researching assemblage and steampunk for the new books.Then I went on eBay and bought doll body parts (do not search for doll body parts, it’s disturbing) for the book. Today, I researched bird incense burners for the book. I think I’m driving Bob crazy with it, but he’s the big picture guy and I’m the detail person, so he’ll just have to deal. It’s all helping me find my character which is good because I started her on the wrong foot. It’s the beginning of the book, it’s always this chaotic. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
So what was the story with work and you this week?
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You know how when you start writing a book, you panic because you don’t know what’s going to happen in it, and you can’t remember how to write a book, and you probably suck at this, and you might just as well eat eat worms and die? Yeah, that’s where I was this week. Except fortunately I’m not in this story alone, so Bob took the book back and did some work, and then I got it back and was not happy. So I wrote this long explanation of why I wasn’t happy and braced myself for the fight to come. Except he said I was right and then laid out ideas that made the book much better, and suddenly my synapses were firing again, and I told him he was a genius, and now I have a better grasp on the book. Not a good grasp, it’s too early in the process, but much much better.
So that’s how work went for me this week. How did it go for you?
During one of our conversations last week, Bob said, “Oh, yeah, I almost died.” He bikes for miles, doesn’t smoke, and his only stress is me, but he still almost had a heart attack. . I was stern with him. “DO NOT DIE.” We have books to write. Still very happy he’s alive and unblocked now.
Thanksgiving is over, and it’s Christmas time, so here’s your Argh tradition:
[YouTube URL] (Full disclosure: it’s Dec. 26, 2015, as I type this, but I forgot to post this in time this year. It’s not going to happen in 2016, you betcha.)
And it didn’t happen again in 2016. It happened again in 2022. Look, it’s been a rough week here, but we made it through Thanksgiving–those of us who are Americans and also not turkeys–so now it’s time for us to withstand the Christmas season, about which I am ambivalent. What am I not ambivalent about? the Drifters. Here’s your yearly intro to the season, Argh People. Happy Holiday, whatever you celebrate.
If you’re not in America, rejoice that you are not making a huge meal with a huge bird in the middle of it. If you are in America, uh, good luck, unless you’re like me and said, “Bah humbug,” and decided to stay home and make spaghetti for one. (I get cranky in the winter.) Which iw just as well since I thought all day today it was Sunday. I can see me now, meeting people at the door on Thanksgiving and saying, “What the hell? It’s Wednesday, go home.” That would be bad.