The two productive weeks I had planned didn’t really pan out how I expected them. Rather than two weeks of creative productivity I had two weeks of day job shenanigans, a return to marathon training and a time consuming reorganisation of the apartment.
Still, 4,016 words isn’t disastrous given that a most of that work was revising and it’s almost 300 words more than last week.
The Ghost Smuggler is moving forward although I’m still only around 40% of the way through this draft – I’ve been adding a fair amount of words. That’s well short of my goal of 100% but better than nothing and the book is getting longer and more layered which I think is a good thing.
I did make another breakthrough regarding the plot on Sunday. I’ve been searching for a way to reveal a key plot point regarding the main character and I finally settled on an approach while soaking in the bath after my Sunday run. I started writing that scene and it seems to be working. I think that’s the last major sticking point but I’ve revised a lot of the story during this draft so there may be new issues to fix.
I also did a bit more outlining of the Diary project on Tuesday. The second block of outlining in the graph above was for yet another project – a planned novella based on a short Zombie story I wrote while we were in Mexico. I was never quite convinced the story worked so I never revised it but I think it could make a nice novella. More on that another day.
I’ve now lost count of how many planned/in progress projects I have. I think I need to take a step back and take stock.
[Metrics Monday - 3rd March 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 3rd March 2014]
I’m doing revision wrong. One of my favourite sessions at last weekend’s WANACon virtual writing conference was Gabriela Periera and Julie Duffy’s Simple System to Rock Your Revisions. It made me realise I’ve been mixing up character, structural and line edits. That’s not a smart thing to do because the the broad edits will change so much that the lines you’re editing may well change. Do character and structural edits first.
Where to get images for this blog.WANACommons is a collection of photos that can be safely used on blogs as long as you give credit. There are some really nice photos, like this Squirrel from tdthread.
When we arrived at the Melia Hotel in Nassau we met several cats. They were a little bit skittish but looked very healthy. The next morning we realised why. One of the Melia restaurants is a buffet, breakfast and dinner, which means there are a constant stream of visitors sitting outside who are more than happy to grab a bit of extra sushi or stake or bacon for the cats (not to mention the remnants of meals dropped by any babies that happen to be staying in the hotel). Every morning we’d see them wandering around outside and every morning they’d find a few cat-friendly people to feed them.
This is Bob (that may not be his actual name) and I’m pretty sure his job was to break down people’s defences by staring longingly at their food.
[Gratuitous Kitten Picture by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 26th February 2014]
Having said that the climate in Vancouver is pretty mild and we don’t get much snow, we’re now well into our third day of snowfall. I live downtown and it still hasn’t really settled on the roads – there’s some slush but not much else – but there is snow on higher ground and outside the city (maybe six inches in Burnaby where I work). The snow was supposed to turn to rain this afternoon but it didn’t so we’ll have to see what happens tomorrow. I’ve got a physio session in the morning but then I’ll probably take transit to work, it’s generally quicker and safer when there’s snow around.
Anyway, word metrics.
A disappointing 3,737 on The Ghost Smuggler last week. The slow progress is really down to the fact that I’m revising which means there’s not a lot of new words but still, I’d hoped to get further.
I lost a few hours on Saturday because I was attending the WANACon online writing conference. I took part in five sessions including Mercedes M Yardley’s session on Writing in Stolen Moments and a very timely session on revision by Gabriela Periera and Julie Duffy.
I missed the first day but all of the sessions were recorded and there’s several more that look interesting. Either way, I got a lot out of the sessions I attended on the Saturday – very inspirational.
Sunday was particularly unproductive from a writing point of view. I’ve been sorting out some of my junk and I made the mistake of waiting until the evening and I was very tired after getting up early to watch the Olympic Hockey.
Day 239 of my current #amwriting streak. I'm about 40% through my first revision pass. It's like wading through treacle.
Canada can be a very cold country but Vancouver has a pretty mild climate, it’s very similar to England really. But this February we hit some of the lowest temperatures we’ve seen since we got here (< -10C). Not too cold to go out or anything crazy like that, and we’ve only had a few cm of snow but it was cold enough that even locals were commenting on it.
The photograph above is of the cliffs along the seawall at Burrard Inlet. It rains a lot in Vancouver and water drains into the sea from the forest above. The cold temperatures went on long enough that the water froze, creating these walls of ice and some fantastic icicles. It only lasted a couple of days and we’re back to rain now but it was very impressive while it lasted.
[Canada - February 2014 - Ice by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 20th February 2014]
By day, Philip Harris develops video games. By night, he writes speculative fiction and runs. This is his blog on writing, running and anything else that pops into his head when he’s trying to avoid writing fiction. His muse is called Ethel.