Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

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.