Agently response on TRUTHSEEKER was, in almost its entirety, “Hey, that was fun to read!” Given that said agent also gave me a thumbs-up on the proposal for the fifth Walker Papers book (which never, ever, ever happens: she always says, “Not bad, but there’s kind of too much information dump, don’t you think?”), I begin to fear that she has been replaced by Folger’s Crystals. But I HAVE NOTICED! HAH! Take that! So I am very confused, but also quite pleased. :)
I went back to the massage place yesterday and can now turn my head further to the left than I’ve been able to in years. If I can figure out how to afford it I’m going to keep going back for a while. He seems to think he can fix my right shoulder entirely. That would be nice. Somewhat inconceivable, but nice.
And I’ve knitted almost 24 inches on this scarf. It’s very pretty, all sparkly and silver.
That’s my exciting life.
miles to Minas Tirith: 137
TRUTHSEEKER is done, at 345 pages and some 81,500 words.
That’s the 18th novel I’ve written.
Somehow the book has nearly caught up to my YTD wordcount again. That’s kind of weird. Anyway, I realized today I may have as few as 4 chapters left, which would be sort of awesome. No, actually, who am I kidding, it would be totally made of awesome. I could have as many as six or seven, but four or five is seeming pretty likely. *fingers crossed*
We had a lovely evening here at the Murphy-Lee household. My uncle and cousin are over visiting, so Ted made an apple & onion stuffed pork roast for dinner and pineapple upside-down cake for dessert, and we sat around and chatted for a few hours. Very nice.
Arright, I’m just going to bed now. (I told you: boring post week.)
ytd wordcount: 72,200
not really so much with the working
I haven’t started working today and I can’t figure out if it’s a bad sign (ie, the book is still screwed up and what I wrote yesterday is not right, and thus I don’t want to work on it) or if it’s just that I got up a little late and did a rather extensive Pilates set which pushed my work-start-time later than I like it to be and if that has set me off wrong. I *think* it’s the latter, compounded by the impulse, when I sat down at Nook, to write up a script for what I would say on a Pilates For Normal People video if I were to make one. And now I’m wondering if Silkie would actually use such a video if I made one, since she’s the one who thought I should do it in the first place. :)
So after that, rather than sit at the computer and beat myself up for not working I thought I’d come have lunch and pretend I was going back to work after eating instead of only just now getting started. 1600 words will finish the chapter; that’ll just be the goal for today. And I think I’ll go ahead and start on the WALKING DEAD proofs this afternoon/evening and just do them a little at a time, which shouldn’t take too much brain away from forward motion on TRUTHSEEKER.
I donno, an hour of exercise this morning was good for me or something. I’m feeling pretty chipper. So I shall take that chip and go write with it. Or, er, something like that. :)
hiding from the internet
Today I am hiding from the internet, because I want to watch the Oscars tonight without already knowing who won what. Gmail already helpfully let me know who won the best film, but I have managed to not see anything else while checking email, so that’s pretty good. (Oh crap. Ted says the download won’t be done tonight. I’m going to have to stay offline tomorrow, too! Multiple Media Avoidance Days! Agh!)
The result of staying offline today is I got quite a lot of work done. (Go figure. I suppose this means I’ll get a lot done tomorrow, too…) I’ve been revising TRUTHSEEKER, fixing things that were weak or needed more detail, smoothing out transition scenes, that kind of thing. I’m halfway through the manuscript, which isn’t, y’know, *done* yet, but this is helping to solidify it so I can finish it all in one go. Given that I spent 90 minutes today cleaning and rearranging my office, it’s probably a safe bet that I will get revisions done tomorrow when I don’t have that distraction, so perhaps if I work really hard I’ll finish the book over the weekend. I have to get it done by the 6th, because…
…I got the WALKING DEAD AAs to do, too, and they’re due the 9th. I really don’t want to stop working on TRUTHSEEKER to do the AAs, so, well, I have to finish it. And then immediately after that I need to do revisions on “Cairn Dancer”. And then maybe I can take a week off before I start the fifth Walker Papers novel. Except then’ll be P-Con, and there’s no point in working for three days and then going to the con and losing any momentum, so either I take two weeks off or none. Guess which would be wiser. Frak. :p
Well, crap. I guess I’m going to spend the evening watching Doctor Who and reading, since I can’t turn on the TV or the radio.
miles to Minas Tirith: 59.2