2 Oct 2014 04:45 pm
feuervogel: photo of the statue of Victory and her chariot on the Brandenburg Gate (Default)
Apparently the HS student who I was supposed to be teaching canceled, possibly permanently, while his mother shops around for a teacher. Never mind that they said they were looking for someone who would be able to teach him the next two years and wanted consistency. If I named the town they live in, any local would say, "Oh, of course." Well, private lesson 1 was interested in meeting twice a week, so we could do that instead.

I've finished reading the material for the second to last module in my certificate course. Since I'm traveling next weekend, I won't be starting the exam until after I get back, which gives me more time to make lesson plans for my classes that are actually meeting as well. I also am missing a DVD for the other module I need to do, and I hope it arrives soon.

I submitted a story to an anthology. I'm still waiting to hear back on a piece I sent to an editor last November. The slush reader said he's looking into it. (It's in the editor's inbox, somewhere. You have to ask him about it.) So I have three stories out right now.

If all works out, and I can get this nonfiction book read in time, I might try to get a reasonable first draft of ACARP together. (It still needs a title; I do not like naming things, I am bad at it; I don't understand how people name their cars and houses and stuffed animals and things.) I was planning to do that after I finish the certificate, so we'll see.

Also, convention planning continues apace.
feuervogel: (writing)
I forgot to post this earlier. While I was flying to STL for Xmas, I wrote to the end of the novel. Note that I didn't say finished it.

51,160 words. I think I'll aim for 75k in revisions.
feuervogel: (writing)
+710, 50410

I've figured out how the novel really ends. Or the climax, anyway. Not sure how to get the denouement in. That's going to be the exciting part :P
feuervogel: (writing)
+485, 49700.

Close to 50k! I think I'm targeting 75k for the complete first draft (ie not this one). We'll see.
feuervogel: (writing)
+665, 49215

If the word counts don't seem to add up day to day, there seems to be a bug in Scrivener that randomly loses words from the tally and returns them if I scroll through the scene list. It originally said 45-something, and I thought, hey, that's not right.
feuervogel: (writing)
+420, 47675.

Not much, but I finished the scene I started yesterday.
feuervogel: (writing)
Wednesday: +570
Today: +740, 47255

I keep finding scenes that need to exist, which means the completion date keeps moving further. :/

Word count

9 Dec 2013 11:17 am
feuervogel: (writing)
Friday: +570

Today: +985; 46820

Word count

4 Dec 2013 02:07 pm
feuervogel: (writing)
+875, 44420.

With any luck, I'll have a zeroth draft by the end of the year. It isn't a first draft until it's something I wouldn't mind giving to a person to read.
feuervogel: (writing)
I'm in the process of writing scene by scene synopses of the current novel, as well as saying what purpose it serves (characterization, tension, worldbuilding, etc) and where it fits in the 5-act structure. It's slow going, because I can only focus on it for about an hour or so at a time.

After I finish that, I'm going to have to figure out how it ends. I had a couple ideas when I started, a kind of forked path, and I really need to decide which branch it takes. It may even be one I hadn't thought of when I started, but I doubt that.

Have three pieces out on submission still. One of them I might hear back about while I'm in Germany, which will be interesting if they accept it and want revisions. "Yeah, I'm currently in Germany doing a teaching internship, uh, can you wait another couple weeks on that?" Because I don't know how much time I'll have outside the teaching part, and I know I won't be much able to refocus into making good English words after having spent all day thinking in German.

But that assumes they accept the piece at all, so.


20 Nov 2013 01:31 pm
feuervogel: (writing)
1. I have a room in Mannheim for February, and I have plane tickets.

2. I've now had a mobile carrier called Fonic thrown into the mix; apparently they use O2's network. The rate is similar to Telekom's, so I guess it'll depend which store I find first.

3. I have three short stories out on submission right now. This is highly unusual and is a result of Viable Paradise. One story is my application piece; another is the dreaded Thursday Story.

4. I am re-reading up to where I left off in writing the novel, and I had a terrible (in the good way) idea, so I think I have to use it. But that idea kind of sets up a sequel, and *flail*.

5. I may have to reread the whole thing to make sure I didn't put any hints in that I never followed up on, but that's the thing that will happen when I get to the end of this draft (which I tend to call draft 0, because it's a glorified outline).

6. I joined SparkPeople; let me know if you want to be friends there. It's part of Operation: Fit Into The Jeans That Fit Last Winter Goddammit. Paying attention to what I eat is a pain. Also, I may be making lentil stew to freeze and have for lunches, because I need more protein, and lentils are full of protein. Added bonus: Ben won't eat them, so I don't have to worry about sharing.
feuervogel: (writing)
+310, 43545

I think this scene is finally done, and I can move on to the next.
feuervogel: (writing)
+275, 42865

It's been pulling teeth to get words out the last few days. I don't know why.
feuervogel: (writing)
+380, 42590

Finally hit the end of the scene I've been writing for three days.

Word count

9 Sep 2013 05:06 pm
feuervogel: (writing)
+755, 41055.

Getting back into the swing of writing after a long pause is HARD. Half the effort is figuring out what I was doing...
feuervogel: (writing)
+670, 39675.

I was aiming for 1000 so I could hit the magic 40k novel point, but I reached the end of this scene.
feuervogel: (writing)
+895, 39005

Today, yarn shopping. Because.
feuervogel: (writing)
+610, 38110

1900 words from an official novel, according to the Nebula and Hugo definitions.

Also, the Pacific Rim soundtrack makes writing more fun. And more epic.

Word count

8 Aug 2013 04:22 pm
feuervogel: (writing)
+265, 37575

More editing for continuity, but far fewer words cut out today. Maybe tomorrow I will get back to making new words happen.

Word count

7 Aug 2013 04:53 pm
feuervogel: (writing)
+125, 37310

This doesn't actually reflect how many words I wrote. I sat down and made a spreadsheet with a timeline, and it turned out I got a lot of the timing wrong on this particular day, so I have to go back and fix half a dozen scenes. THIS IS THE WORST. What I actually wrote is probably closer to 500 words, but you only see the net count here.

I don't *think* the next 4 scenes will require such extensive reworking, so I'll be able to keep moving forward soon. I don't like editing as I write. I lose all forward momentum.
feuervogel: (writing)
+505, 36060

Things I need to look up: the liberation of concentration camps, what happened to the lab notebooks, and the Nuremberg trials. (No, I didn't want to write about N•zis, but it's apparently relevant backstory.)
feuervogel: (writing)
+700, 35555.

I'm still about 2/3 of the way through my outline. I keep finding things that need to be added.
feuervogel: (writing)
+1180, 34855

Research rabbit hole of the day: 1960 medical technology and DNA research techniques


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