It’s just the coffee talking… :)

My problem could be too much caffeine…

Just past midnight as I begin this blog post… I now have slightly more than 1000 words (1019, not including quick notes from yesterday) written for that scene I sat down to work on a couple of hours ago.

I stopped typing at the point where it became obvious that the scene was fragmenting around the edges; I had run out of stuff to write for the moment.  By then, however, I’d gotten well past my first ideas for the scene, managed to work in plenty of dialogue as well as thoughts (direct and indirect) from the viewpoint character… Almost got sidetracked looking up the publication date for a book (that wasn’t particularly important — I just wanted to be sure a reference made in narration wasn’t anachronistic), but then realized that my clone could tell me the correct date without having to look it up.  He also reminded me of certain details of the PoV character’s current situation that I had forgotten.  (Honestly, my storytelling attention lately has been more on the stuff concerning Liam — or whatever his name was — and I’m surprised I even have this other bit to write.  Whatever.  Could be good anyway.  If nothing else, I could use it to bribe LR:  “I have new writing here, but I wouldn’t want to distract you when you still have a novel to finish reading and then review…”  I should be nice to LR, though — he’s had a hell of a time, being our beta and all.)

My problem could be too much caffeine, and considering conversations from earlier today (we always say it’s not tomorrow until we sleep, so I’m operating as if I’m still in Thursday), that may not change anytime soon.  I deal with certain kinds of stress by drinking coffee, okay?  And all I have on hand is regular instead of decaf, so…

(I tried chickory-based pseudo-coffee once, as research for “that novel,” because it’s so hard to get real coffee in a post-apocalyptic setting.  🙂  Unlike the character who mentioned it, I could probably get used to the fake stuff, given enough time.  But I don’t see the point.)

I ended up discussing a lot more of Jon’s backstory than I’d intended while writing this scene.  Narrowly avoided giving too much away.  Guess the characters present wanted to catch up on what their friend had been doing.  I’m sure a lot of it will go away during revisions.  Also typed things that caused me to follow with an aside note-to-self:  “Clearly, there are no depths of irony to which I will not stoop.”  And yes, I’m well aware that you, O reader of my blog, don’t know these characters.  Yet.  Except LR — he knows them pretty well, with the exception of Jon Livingston, ’cause Jon hasn’t gotten as much ‘screen time’ as the others.  Yet.

 

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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