Virus in, virus out

Well, I am feeling better, but my computer is feeling worse. I've been messing around trying to fix a virus (I think) all day, so I haven't gotten any writing done.

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I guess I picked up whatever Mike had, because I've developed a sore throat and a cough. I didn't get anything at all done yesterday. On the other hand, last night, as I lay in bed unable to sleep, I had an idea for a story. It's a bit of a silly idea, but it kept me entertained for a couple of hours, so it is perhaps worth committing to paper. It borrows a bit from an earlier idea, so I'm not sure they are both viable. Anyway, I have decided to give this story the code name "Copenhagen." I got a good start on it today.


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I changed the ending of a scene halfway through it today. I think it's a better ending, but the scene is now getting long, and I think I may have gotten a little lost.


Toward the ideal

They say that the way to have good ideas is to have lots of ideas, and then throw out all the bad ones. I trust that this works on the small scale as well as on the large, so that when I want to do something like introduce a character or give a line of dialog the right tone, I can just try it forty different ways until I find the right one.


Imagine a transition to an appropriate title here

I got off to a very late start today. I keep getting to points where I can't figure out how to transition to the next interesting thing. Generally, my rule is that if not knowing how to handle a transition is keeping me from writing, I just ignore the transition and go straight into what else needs to happen. Sometimes I wrestle with that for a while before I realize that's what I need to do, and that was the case today.

So although I started late, I got a good start on a conversation that I know needs to happen, although I don't know exactly where or when. Since I've done this damn-the-transition maneuver a number of times now, I have a very choppy and disconnected text. I hope I'll be able figure out how to stitch it together later.


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I'm back from Norwescon. I had a good time and did a lot that I thought was worthwhile. At a lot of cons, I often find myself with a lot of dead time between events I want to go to, but this time there was less of that and I managed to find things to do between events. That included some writing, but what with all the distractions and the lack of a computer, I didn't meet my goal either day. (Sunday, of course, is a day of rest.)

Highlights: the art show tour with Alan Clark, dinner at the new Thai restaurant across the street from the hotel, learning William Gibson's secret of writing via Eileen Gunn.

I went to several writing panels and that left me with a lot to think about, primarily in the areas of editing and figuring out what to do with the novel after I get it done. I also came away with two half-ideas for stories, which I will refer to with the code-names "Play" and "Running." More on them later if I can move them past the half-baked stage.