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Um, hi.

Where was I before I got sucked into email migration hell?
Oh, yeah. Wiscon. Why is the con over again?
My reading went really well. In fact, my favorite author read right before me–she read an excerpt from an upcoming book that I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT!!!–and then she gave me a thumbs up after my reading. Surely there has never been a more squee-worthy event in the history of squee!
Then I came home and started working late every night. One night I came home at 11:30pm. Which is better than the 1:30am I did right before the con, but still.
Don’t ask how my writing is going. Ugh. *facepalm* I need to get cracking before I run out of things for my crit group to critique.

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I just lopped 4555 words off Lizardfic, which dropped me back down below 60,000 words. (59,746.) To quote Spock in “Devil in the Dark,” “PAAAAAAAAAAAAAIN!!!!” I have short stories in circulation that are shorter than 4555 words. I may be able to recycle some of them, though. It makes me sad, because there was some stuff I liked there, but it’s for the structural good of the story.
I should go write at least 254 words so it doesn’t hurt as much.

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Bad Outline, No Biscuit

My novel has changed during the course of writing, which is okay. And I’ve updated the outline to reflect the changes. Sounds okay, right?
Only there’s a bit of a problem. My main POV character is away from all the action for several scenes. Ack! There’s a list of five to eight scenes in a row where the POV character isn’t her.
No, no, no. I can’t do that. I need to restructure things so she’s involved in the big bang finale. She is at A. She needs to be at B. In the original outline a bunch of stuff happened at B and she headed out to B to [spoiler redacted], but no, she needs to be involved in the stuff at B.
I may be junking a chapter or two. Sigh. Oh well, it’s more important to have it be good, right? Of course it is! Pay no attention to my wibbly lip at the thought of my decreased wordcount.


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So, where’ve you been, Katherine?

Pretty much working, exercising, and writing my novel. And nagging my sister to put dog pictures on Flickr. I think the world needs more pet pictures, don’t you? Isn’t that an Avenue Q song? “The Internet is for Pet Pictures”?
Current novel wordcount: 48,828. We’ve made it to the city, where lots of important things happen. Ooh, I need to tweak my outline spreadsheet to match some of the changes in the text outline. A whole bunch of unplanned characters showed up in Chapter Ten and have become important, and need to be reflected in the outline.


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Congratulations! it’s a novel.

My novel-in-progress is over 40,000 words. Yay, it’s a novel!
It’s not a complete novel, mind you. In fact, it’s a half-complete novel. But it’s 40,000 words, and a girl needs milestones.


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I’ve been quiet…

I’ve been writing a lot. Well. Last weekend I was sick. Let us not speak of it.
My action chapter is still kicking my butt, because, well, it’s action. It’ll be okay, and the next chapter should have fun stuff in it. Well, there was something fun tonight–I wrote a kiss. It’s more than just a kiss, though, it’s a sexual awakening. Yay!
And, you know, just to make up for my not posting in so long, have a LOLcat. Aw, Pandora is so cute!

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Action scenes are hard. Let’s do math instead!

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Uh oh…

I’m currently working on chapter seven. My writer’s group just critiqued chapters five and six.
I think I need to write faster.

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Bad subconscious, no biscuit.

I’ve been procrastinating about writing. I thought it was because I was stressed about car repairs and the like, but no. I think I just didn’t want to write Chapter Four.
Well, I went ahead and started it, and it wasn’t so bad while I was writing it, but now I’m all moody again. I don’t know why I decided to write something that’s so personally button-pushing, but I did.
Things will be better after Chapter Four. Then I can get into more of the things that I liked about this idea, like the love story. But until I finish Chapter Four, I’m probably going to be cranky.

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I hate to jinx things, but…

Lizardfic is a lot easier to write the second time around. Okay, chapter one had its hard parts, but that was because it was chapter one, and because I need violence enablers. (I really, really need violence enablers.) Chapter two is my friend so far.
Maybe it’s that wacky outline thingy. Who knew?

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