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Would I have more time...

If all things went according to plan? I somehow doubt it, but I can at least pretend to blame things like two Mondays in a row with flat tires. (Seriously, it happened again -- only this time, since I was already on the spare, I had to have the truck towed. And take money out of my Christmas club fund to buy tires. But now there's new tires.)

On Sunday night I was out in the yard moving the sprinkler and stepped on a branch or something else sharp enough to pierce through my clog into my foot. It hurts still, although the callus on my foot appears to have closed around it all right.

Monday morning I got up, puttered around the house, saw a raven, went to the gym, got to work without incident, then got the call from security about the tire. Ravens are usually GOOD omens for me. (And why, if these tires were ready to go, they couldn't go at home? No, they carry me all the way to work and then go flat on the second floor of the parking garage. Apparently, the fact that I bought them back in 2001 is really impressive; everyone freaked when they found out my tires were seven years old. I guess I got some good use out of 'em.)

Today I came home and made bacon-cheese-apple pie. This is not a dish for anyone counting calories (which I claim to be doing again), being as it has a lot of bacon, cheese, eggs, and cream in it. But it's good.

I haven't written a word in ages. Ring of Fire is in the hands of another publisher (knock wood). I'm trying to read all my writers' groups stories and get critiquing done. I'm watching the week's worth of Craig Ferguson (The Boxmasters RULE!!!), waiting for a few discs from Amazon to review (no contacts on these guys, so I had to buy 'em - but the Boxmasters impressed me so much I ordered it as soon as I saw them). Otherwise, I seem to just be sitting around goofing on LJ and reading the massive number of posts on the Doctor Who list. Am re-reading Craig's book Between the Bridge and the River, which is getting pretty high up on my "all-time favorite" books list, and what else? Not a whole heck of a lot.

For some reason I got to reading the paper again, which is just depressing these days. Will the horrible reign of Bush never end? (Actually, not even come January - I have a feeling his, um, "legacy" will be with us for a long, long time...) Between that, the money sitch (stupid tires), when I'm not writing, hole in my foot, blah blah blah, I'm just not my usual chipper self. (Ha ha ha) I feel flat.

And George Carlin died. Hopefully where'ere he's gone, he's got a place for his stuff. Rest well, George!


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Jun. 25th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
geez another tire. guess it's better in the garage than on the road but still...

and I know what you mean. I've having a lot of trouble writing recently
Jun. 25th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't so much as opened a word processing program in weeks now. I guess it's because I finished a draft of "Uncommon Magic" (or "Everyday Magic," still haven't decided) and haven't gotten back into Book Three yet. I'm trying to think of a short story plot but they ALWAYS end up getting away from me and going too long. How does one plot a short story, anyway???


Jun. 25th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
re: short stories? I swear I have no idea. And then you go and look at the word counts of most magazines and it's like really? 2500 words tops? I mean we just bumped up the word count at the group because we couldn't be coherent in that
Jun. 26th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
This particular place allows up to 7,000 - but I just have SUCH trouble plotting them!!! Everyone else seems to be able to turn out short stories in a larger 'verse, but everything I try to write in my own 'verse just rambles on and on and on....

I never know how to come up with a plot - especially one to go along with pr0n.

Jun. 26th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
7000 i could probably do

my problem is all the new ideas that distract me then fizzle
Jun. 26th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
What I have are clumps of things - I know small events that happen in my characters' lives, but many of them seem to me to lack that essential something that makes them an actual STORY... you know, like conflict or a simple beginning, middle, and end...?

Jun. 26th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
yes i know of so well
Jun. 25th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Try writing drabbles. Seriously, it's incredibly good exercise for writing short, and for learning what needs to be cut and what's vitally important. Because to really work, they have to be complete vignettes, emotionally and structurally - you can't just hit 100 words and stop. If you can master drabbles, you can write short stories.
Jun. 26th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
I bow before your ability to write drabbles...

Jun. 25th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Most of my stories are (relatively) short; I don't set out to plot a short story or novella or novel. What I do is try to scribble down all the fragments of conversation and plots as they hit me, and then when I'm in the mood to work on something of a particular length, pull one of those ideas that I think can work at that length.

I suspect Barb's right on the drabbles... but so far I've never quite managed to keep a drabble from spilling over to about two hundred words.
Jun. 26th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
And I've never managed to write a short story (staying at a prescribed word count, from 5500 to 7000) without people saying it needed more information, and thus when I add more information -- no more short story. *g* After all, I had to cut DOWN my novel to a manageable 120,000 words (leaving enough to make a SECOND novel of 100,000 words).

I need to grasp the "less is more" theory.
Jun. 25th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
I immediately ordered The Boxmasters' CD, too! I was seriously impressed.

Are you sure you didn't get a nail in your foot? Because it's hard for me to believe a branch could puncture a clog. Just make sure you're up to date on your tetanus shot, OK?

Sorry about the tires (and the money).
Jun. 25th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to get the CD. I've always liked Billy Bob's music (I didn't realize he had a new recent solo disc, too; he's released more than I thought!).

It was a stick, and it was a plastic clog (not a Crocs, but cheap knockoff thereof). I'm pretty sure I found it when I went out looking in the daylight--with sneakers on. It feels better this morning!

Well, it just shows you can't put off such things indefinitely... *g*

Jun. 25th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Most likely it was a pyracantha or bouganvilla thorn. They're seriously nasty.
Jun. 26th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I think I found it out there - it looks like a bit of dry wood from the orange tree (judging by the size of the hole in my clog AND the fact it didn't break off and stay in my shoe...).

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