Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dusting the Shelf

It's hard to imagine that the middle of September is already here. What a fast moving end of summer this is turning out to be. Rain and a lightning storm has made for some neat weather to look at. How ironic that my current chapter has such a storm in it's setting?

This has been a slow week as far as accomplishing new material is concerned. I'm a little sluggish, or, running on creative emptiness here. The creative genius behind my latest novel was in a car accident earlier this week. No worries. He's not hurt, but you can imagine that the stress is enough, after a major accident like that. As a result, I have not seen him much in the last two days, so this current chapter is at a standstill. However, we felt that a song or a lullaby needed to be incorporated into this current chapter, so I wrote a draft of lyrics and handed them over to him, since music and songwriting is more up his cup of Willy Wonka. That would be tasty.

Updates: Still working on chapter 10, but 12 pages in. I think this is going to be the biggest chapter yet, but I have not edited anything extensively either. Also, because of some new ideas that have surfaced, I pulled out some of my shelved projects to see if I can incorporate them into my old writings. Turns out, I can. I revised my short story Forerunner (which, surprisingly, my critique group hardly had any suggestions for improvement) and I started a new Prologue for my 11 year old junk of a novel. It was my first completed novel writing attempt, and Sci-Fi epic. I think I know what I'm doing with it now. Your complaints have been heard at long last. The opening dream sequence is gone. No more eagles in space. This new beginning is huge and gripping. Once the second half of Forerunner is finished, I'll pack it up and finally send it in to The Writers of the Future Contest, as originally intended three years ago. Wish me luck.

Until next time, keep the paperclips in the pantry. You never know when or where you'll need one.

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