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Went out this afternoon with wishweaver for lunch and then writing. We hit Mad City Coffee and while Wish worked on her take-home final for college, I got some serious writing time in.

It's strange but somehow getting out of the house seems to help free up the ol' writing process and words appear. Now, it could be because our house is still topsy-turvy from the remodeling, (I am so looking forward to getting the office done down stairs so we can get the desks moved in and the writing books and reference books moved down into the basement), or it could be simply because there are too many distractions at the house. But whatever it is, I seem to be able to concentrate and really crank out the words when I'm outside the house.

While Wish was out taking another final that had to be proctored, I got a little gaming time in, but I've managed to get myself stuck in one section of Xenosaga II. For some reason, I just can't figure out how to beat this one boss, so I guess I'm going to have to go back to some earlier sections and do some grinding until I can just outlast him rather than finesse it. *Sigh*

It's weird, but I almost prefer the combat system of the first game over the second. You'd think each version would look slicker and they'd streamline stuff based on feedback from the first game, but this combat system is actually klugier than the original games. Luckily, even with the aggravation that comes with the combat system, I still love the storyline to the game.

Came back to Chronicles of the Sea Dragon after everyone headed to bed and finished up Chapter 20. Between the two writing sessions, I finished with 2439 words. I probably could have gone further, but I was at the end of the chapter, so it was time to quit.

I can see though, I'm going to have to up my estimated total. I was shooting for 100K, but it's beginning to feel like a 120K story. I'm sure the first draft is going to go well beyond that, but I think I can combine a few chapters at the first to get it down to a manageable level.

Not quite ready for the weekend to be over, but like Garfield, I have to face Mondays whether I want to or not. *grin*

Words for Today

2439 / 1000 words. 244%

Progress on CSD: Dragon Couchant

90333 / 120000 words. 75%

Words for 2008

116733 / 366000 words. 32%


( 5 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Apr. 14th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Wow, you're really cranking out words! Awesome!

I agree that getting out seems to make words flow more easily.
Apr. 14th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
I am pretty pleased with the number of words this year. I know when I go back through and start editing, all the stuff I'm doing is likely to shrink by at least 20%, but I find it's easier to write things out than to realize the story is lacking something and try to pad it out.

I'd like to get back onto the college proposal sooner rather than later. I want as much time to polish that as I can finagle.

(I also find it helps by going places that don't have internet access. One less thing to distract myself with *grin*)
Apr. 14th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
New Friend
I saw that you added me to your Friends list -- thank you! -- so I've added you to mine and dropped by here to browse.

Getting out of the house and doing different things sometimes helps if I get stuck writing. More often what I need is a nap.
Apr. 14th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Re: New Friend
Thanks for the re-friending. You've got some really good resources listed on your blog from what I saw, and if there's one thing I learned as a history major is take advantage of resources when and wherever possible.

I think napping is a very underrated resource. I know after lunch, that period between 12:30 and 2 is usually the least productive part of my day.
Apr. 14th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Re: New Friend
I'm glad you're enjoying my blog! I try to make it resource-rich, and it helps that I have a really intelligent audience. I have some interest in history myself, which shows up in my writing sometime.

As for napping, I figure if I'm so tired that my vision is blurring and I can't do any productive work, I might as well just lie down and sleep it off. Sometimes it gets to me in afternoon or early evening. I'm really more of a night person -- working at home I keep something like second-shift hours.
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