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Seeing stars

First off, congrats to all my flisters who either won NaNo or did NaNo this month. Hard work is what counts, not 50,000 words.

Second: spent a day down in Tuscon over the Thanksgiving weekend visiting a couple telescope stores (and avoiding all the other kind of stores, blech). The Sculptor and I bought our one and only Christmas gift to each other, a brand new telescope. This is one for seeing planets and nebulae and star clusters, not your neighbor's naughty habits. It has a computer attachment to help you find specific objects, but you have to move it, aim it, and focus it yourself.

Third: Wee! December. Star Wars and The Expanse.


Accountability check in 11/30/15:

When I got to chapter 15 this week, I felt a bit adrift in the story (middles. pffft), so I decided to revisit my outline in order to get an idea where the next few chapters would take me, and ended up revisiting the entire outline.

That seems to be a thing you need to do to from time to time in writing a novel: step away from the trees to look at the forest and make sure the forest blue print still makes sense, given how much the details of the story have evolved since you first outlined the thing.

I often get hung up on planning out the over-all plot too way too much for a pantser, and it ends up being overthinking, because the best-laid plans that cost me hours and days end up getting derailed by the nitty-gritty word by word. So I didn't let myself linger on that before diving back into chapter 15.

Okay, so December goals are in order.

Working title: The Girl From Venus
Planned # of chapters: 27
Planned date of first draft completion: Jan 31st, 2016
Current chapter: 16
Finish last week's goal? Yes
This week's goal: Get at least part way into chapter 17
This month's goal: Get at least party way into Chapter 21

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cactuswatcher
Nov. 30th, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a great time together with the new telescope!
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
It's on order right now. Will have to skip on back down there to pick it up in a week or so....
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masqthephlsphr
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
Last time I checked,the Expanse was supposed to premiere this month. They've only been promising ALL YEAR it would debut in 2015.

I fell out of Cloud Atlas about the time we were so far in the future the language became incomprehensible. Might catch up on it in audio books.
cornerofmadness
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
thanks.

Ugh, middles. Always the hardest. That's where I am now in my nano.

Huzzah to a new telescope
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:59 pm (UTC)
I am reading some books that give some good advice on continually upping the ante so the middle doesn't sag. Not big on writing how-to books since they are usually Avoidance Mechanisms, but Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron is actually one of the more useful ones I've read.
cornerofmadness
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oooo that sounds interesting. I'll have to find that. Thanks
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