What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Rewriting Sunday

Starting to rewrite way too late, but fortunately I have a slight reprieve until Tuesday to get the first 50 pages done. This past week the voices had been bugging me that I was sloughing off. I should be looking at this layoff as an opportunity to write.

For anybody who has been laid-off, we know that finding a job is in and of itself a full-time pursuit. And I've been over obsessing that search as well. I've been having a hard time dealing with not having a day thing.

But yesterday morning my brain clicked over and I've been pouring through all my notes from Viable Paradise. And really wishing I had three more hours with Teresa. Most of the other critiques I'm going through and will be recycling their notes. I'm keeping what she did. It's like watching magic. And I think I need to study her notes a few more times to glean all the info I can.

So, a little bit of a stuttering start, but Chapter One is down. Now, the first fifty is also the segment I've already rewritten a few times, so I don't expect the counters to move that much, but we've still added to he word count. We're up to 73311. Now it's back to the coal mines.

Raas Xaafuun is a full story. I'll let it molder a bit before going back for another turn through it. Probably after I've gone through most of this rewrite.

2 comments:

Matt Hughes said...

One of my regrets from VP was that I didn't get private time with either Teresa or Patrick. I think that would have been incredible.

Had Patrick for a group session but my recorder died and notes just aren't the same :(

Steve Buchheit said...

Matt, it's one of my regrets that I didn't schedule one on one time with Patrick. But, and I'll admit it here, he intimidates me. I had drinks with him at Confusion one year. Teresa I was happy to find was one of my scheduled critiques, and I was a bit overawed at the time. However, I would have happily spent several more hours with her. The hour I had with her I learned so much.