Friday, August 20, 2010

It's the trivia that makes us real

Until I lost an online friend, I never realized how important you all are to me. The last several months I've been lazy about posting here and commenting on my friends' blogs. That's going to change. I don't have to wait to post until I have something to talk about; the most important details are the tiny, seemingly mundane ones that define our lives. I've been writing like crazy the last couple of days. I'm at 70,000 words on The Trickster Society and coming up on the end. That's good, since it means I'm on track to finish at less than 90,000 words. It's taken me longer than usual to write this one--I started in May--but that may be good too. It has a more measured pace with a lot more carefully crafted character development that I sometimes skimp on in favor of action. There's plenty of action too, of course.

I've rearranged my bookshelves again so that the books are in strict alpha order by author. It's not as fun as the color-coded shelves, but I can find what I'm looking for again. Now I'm casting a frowning eye on my brick-and-board shelves, which is where I keep my to-read books. I need those shelves, so I'm going to try and read as many of the to-read books as I can in the next few months. And I'm already at 42 books read for the year!


Alan W. Davidson said...

I envy your productivity. Both is words written and in books read (when I try to read a book in bed I fall asleep).

Cate Gardner said...

Congrats on nearing the end, Kate.

Aaron Polson said...

Ah, character development and action. Now you're talking!

I managed seven (or eight...can't remember) books read over the summer, now that school's started again...ugh. Back to short stories, I guess. ;)

K.C. Shaw said...

Alan--starting a book review blog has really kept me on top of my reading. The writing, well, it took me a while to get there this year.


Aaron--Seven or eight books isn't bad for one summer. Your job is a lot more intensive than mine (one of the reasons I'm not a teacher).

Fox Lee said...

70k kicks ass : ) I'm close, but have hit a brick wall of sorts. Not enough action to write about!

Word verification: laceskit

K.C. Shaw said...

I always hit a wall right before the end, when I have to stop and figure out exactly how I want the ending to go. I never have it worked out in advance.