Saturday, November 14, 2009


Current Project:The Baby's Bodyguard
Status: cutting, revising, trying to find a resolution I like...

Another week has flown by. The book should have left the house yesterday, but alas, it did not. My editor graciously said I could send it Monday which means it's crunch time. I spent most of yesterday working on a final read through and cutting extravaganza. About half done with that, so second half today, then it's time to wrap her up.

And then will come the plot another book phase, but hopefully, also some goof off time and some of that better include a little house cleaning because it's hard lately to find the house under all the clutter and dirt. The dh does an admirable job covering for me, but he's more an "event" cleaner (aren't most men?) Please tell me why our houses are not made out of cement with giant drains in the middle of every slightly sloping floor and a fire hose in every room.

So, how are you doing on your goals?


Genene Valleau said...

I like the idea of an easy-clean house! Better yet, one that cleans itself. Couldn't the fire hoses turn on at a specified time each day and wash away all the dirt?

Congratulations on being in sight of "The End"! Woo-hoo! A rest at this holiday time of the year would be nice, wouldn't it? Or a contract with a longer deadline that would allow for some breathing room.

I did ten scene sheets this past week and hand wrote about a dozen pages of notes on the characters. Love the way all the characters are coming to life and how they interact with each other.

I also realized that it's too early in the process to do the level of detail on the scene sheets that I originally envisioned. I need to stick with my usual process of layering. Getting the basic story down, then go deeper into the story, then deeper and deeper still. However, with this series, I need to treat all nine books as one giant story. Then go into the fine level of detail when I'm doing the intense writing of the nine individual stories.

Hope that makes some kind of sense.

In the meantime, I'm loving this creative experience and want to spend all my time with these characters. Is it a bad sign that they are becoming more real than "real" people? LOL!

Hope everyone has a productive week!

Alice Sharpe said...

Genene -- I love the stage where the "pretend" people are more real that "real" people. I think it's because all us, no matter how close we are to someone, have secrets, and I don't mean big ones like a past history of mass murder! There are just things about us we don't tell other people either because they don't seem important enough or because we're shielding ourselves. You know what I mean. But our characters are open books. We know everything about them. What we don't know, we can find out by thinking about it.

Meanwhile, get this. I have been mercilessly trimming words and sentences and pages in a relentless attempt to get ten pages for the end. I did it. Then I noticed the font looked strange and discovered I'd switched into Pica 13 somewhere along the way, probably by importing a foreign word and forgetting to watch the font and from that point forward, everything was 13. I corrected that mistake and now I suddenly have ten fewer pages meaning I have twenty pages to write now instead of ten! How stupid can someone be?

Continued luck with the layering.

Genene Valleau said...

Not stupid--human. Stress will do that, won't it?

Just think of a wonderful pampering reward when those twenty pages are finished!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Oh, geez, Alice! Talk about trimming down to the quick!

I started the week at 75K words, wrote 11K words, and ended the week at 82K word. Someone tell me how that math adds up! Somehow in my editing of early chapters to send to my cp, I managed to cut 5K words. I feel like I'm spinning tires over here. And the end is in sight. Ack!

No writing today. I took the day off to go to the OSU/UW game. tonight I'm vegging. Tomorrow it's back to the grindstone.

Alice, I hope you finished those 20 pgs. And Genene...way to go on the scene sheets. I, too, love when the characters are more real than real life people. That's when I know it's time to stop thinking and write.

Paty Jager said...

WOW Alice! Congrats on the book just about out the door!

Genene, that's what you want to know- the characters so well they are real to you. Congrats on the forward progress!

Eli, I've wondered that, too. I add up each days words for the week, yet my actual count at the end for the week is less than the day to day words. I think the bad muse fairy comes in and steals them just to drive us crazy!

I managed 11,250 this week. I need 12,000 more to finish. Hope to have it done by next weekend. Before company descends on me. But I also received second round edits for the spirit book. Little things she wants me to consider.~sigh~

Had fun at the Portland meeting today.

Alice Sharpe said...

Eli, LOL, it sounds as though we had the same kind of week, I can't call up Pica 13 so I redid the whole document in 14 and that changed (which I changed back) added a whopping 55 pages. Just with that change.

In the end, it worked out very well. I finished last night -- my daughter is reading it and I am adding an epilogue (to tie it in with the Feb. release as they're connected through characters, and presto, ta dad!

Congrats on end being in sight!

Alice Sharpe said...

Paty, a light bulb just went off in my head! The bad muse fairy, of course, I get it! Bad fairy.

Good luck getting the book out the door although I have no doubt you will. I'm so glad your Portland talk went well and that there were familiasr faces in the crowd.

Lisa Leoni said...

Wow, everyone is doing so great!!! *shakes pom poms* Glad you're at the end, Alice :D I'm way behind on NaN, but Superstar Eli helped me figure out some plotting stuff, so hopefully I'll move forward quickly :)

Deborah Wright said...

I'm with Lisa -- sounds like everyone's doing great! Alice, congrats on finishing!!

I took yesterday off to do yard work while there was a break in the weather and to do some other chores that needed doing. As of right now, I'm at 10,000 words and I plan to write more today. Yay me!

Everyone gave me a lot to think about in their posts and comments this week -- in particular, Eli's comment about recognizing story potential. It simmered in my brain for a few days and I finally had a breakthrough yesterday while doing all those chores. Keeping what's working and tossing what isn't -- sounds so obvious now. I have a feeling that what I finally end up with won't be recognizable as what I started out to write. But that's okay. :-)

Anonymous said...

Ha! Alice, you have no idea how many times I've discussed the whole cement floor house with a drain thing with my DH. Too funny that you mention it!! I want the bathrooms to be this way soooo badly. That would be awesome.

Glad to hear you're wrapping 'er up and sending 'er off tomorrow. That will feel great. Too bad you have to do housework as a reward. LOL

Sounds like everyone's progressing well, if not for a few blips. Yay everyone!

I've done great, for me. I'm excited about how my story is coming along. My suckopsis is coming slowly, but at least the story is flowing, finally. ;)

Big happy!!

Alice Sharpe said...

Lisa -- Watch out, you've done some figuring. That Eli!

I know you can do it. I mean, I KNOW you can do it.

wavybrains said...

Congrats on productive, if frustrating weeks, everyone!

I got a grand total of 3 pages written. I had a major plot block that required spending some serious cogitating on, but I think I'm close to breaking through on it, and I had some key realizations this week.

I also didn't get my GH stuff in the mail. It's done but not mailed. Changing that tomorrow.

My goal for this week: 10 pages (it's a tough grading week) + mailing the Golden Heart.

Alice Sharpe said...

Yeah, Piper, it's great to be reaching the end of this project. My wonderful daughter offered suggestions, I'm writing the prologue, it's just about there and don't tell anyone but ----- I LOVE it. I am very pleased.

Meanwhile, you are loving your project! So excited for you... don't stress over the suckopsis -- I thing, esp at the beginning, you have the luxury of writing the book, writing the synopsis, then fixing the book with what you learned writing the synopsis (and trust me -- motivations, etc. will become more clear at this point) and so forth. Eekee!