Thursday, August 5, 2010

Plans

My trio of awesome nephews have gone back to their hotel to swim before bedtime, and I'm taking a break from frantically typing up everything I wrote today. Currently the wordcount stands at 51,000, but I have a lot left to type.

This afternoon I attended a meeting in the downstairs conference room (at work, of course). When I walked in, there were bottles of water on the table along with a few boxes of cheap cookies, a binder and pen at every place, and graph paper. Yes. Graph paper. I still don't know why; probably no one could find any lined paper in time. But I still had this wonderful moment as I took my place, because I was certain, in my heart of hearts, that we were about to start a D&D campaign. Alas, it was not so.

I'm rethinking the 3-day novel thing this year. For one thing, it costs $50; for another, I don't know if I'll be done with The Trickster Society in time. I refuse to set this book aside to work on anything else until it's not just done, it's done to my utter satisfaction. I learned my lesson with Bell-Men last year. I'm convinced that half the problem with the difficult rewrites and revisions was due to rushing the ending so I could do NaNo.

I do expect to finish Trickster Society in another month or six weeks (hopefully). I'm shooting for ninety to 95,000 words and I know what the very last scene will be. I'm a little fuzzier on the big ending, but ideas and pathways are unfolding beautifully as I write. Once I'm done, I'll start preparing for NaNo 2010: The Finishing. I'll be picking up the abandoned romance novel I started this spring and finishing it, after which I'll work on Adventures in Zoology. Once that one's done (and we're talking well past NaNo and into December or even January), I expect I'll be rabid to do some editing, and then I'll circle back to finish Little Sparrow. Until all these projects are done, I'm not starting a single new one. Really!

13 comments:

BT said...

Ah, D&D - those were the days.

Sounds like you have some very good plans indeed. You will be one very busy little sparrow, won't you?

Good luck

K.C. Shaw said...

Well, I make plans and wreck them, but in the meantime I feel very organized.

I miss D&D! I haven't played in years.

Jameson T. Caine said...

No D&D session? What a rip off! Lately I've been on an ebay binge, buying up old OOP D&D books like my life depended on them.

Cate Gardner said...

No new projects. I believe you.

K.C. Shaw said...

Jameson--I don't have my old D&D books. Maybe I should their acquisition a goal. I still have my dice.

Cate--I'm glad you believe me, because I sure don't. :p

Aaron Polson said...

Solid plans. We're here to support you with virtual hand-slapping should stray away from the plan.

Kidding, of course, but still sounds like a good plan.

K.C. Shaw said...

I'm hoping it'll work. At least I know I'll be able to finish Trickster Society and the romance book this year. Maybe not Adventures in Zoology too--but maybe I will.

Natalie L. Sin said...

The fact that you can write with children around amazes me! They seem infinitely distracting.

K.C. Shaw said...

They are indeed infinitely distracting. At the moment, I've managed to tire them out with a trip to the nearby park (at least the youngest two; the oldest is on a shopping trip with my mom) and they're watching cartoons. The house is unsettlingly quiet!

Jamie Eyberg said...

Good luck, but I will be the first to admit that I wouldn't be able to stick to this myself.

K.C. Shaw said...

I can see it not working. But it might!

Danielle Ferries said...

Those are some serious goals. Well done on the word count.

K.C. Shaw said...

I didn't get very much written over the weekend, but I'm going to make up for that this week. So far so good!