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Accountability check in plus, 11/16/15

I have almost finished chapter 12. I'm starting chapter 13 this week, which, because of the reshuffling, is actually the chapter I've been referring to as "14" in all my weekly goal references. So technically, today I'm starting the chapter I wanted to finish by the end of this month. I don't want to use that as an excuse to get overly ambitious. In fact, it would be good to cut myself a break this week. I have at least one day when I will be go, go, going from before dawn to after dusk on non-writing things.

Besides, chapter 13 promises to be just as involved as chapter 12.

Working title: The Girl From Venus
Planned # of chapters: 27
Planned date of first draft completion: Jan 31st, 2016
Current chapter: 12
Finish last week's goal? Yes
This week's goal: Get at least part way into chapter 13
This month's goal: Chapter 13

In other news:

(1) A bit of a shake-up at work-work as my supervisor of eight years and another team lead were "let go" a few weeks back. In my sup's case, I think it was a mutual decision. He seemed pretty miserable there the past few months. But he was basically fired for incompetence--"not having the skill set his job as it is now under the new CEO regime requires." Did I mention our old CEO sold his business back in July, and we've had a new Jefe for a while? A lot of the changes I've been trying to convince my ex-bosses of for years are part of the new bosses' business-as-usual. One can only hope that after putting up with eight years of chasing my tail the craziness will level off.

(2) I have been discretely noting my writing friends' Nano progress, and what is interesting is I've noticed my feelings on NaNoWriMo have come full circle. A decade (!) ago, I wrote a skeptical entry about the utility of writing 50,000 words in a month. Then a year later, I did Nano. I did it a few more times, and one year, I did Camp Nanowrimo in July. I always felt free to change the rules to fit the moment (a different word goal, writing fan fiction, writing more than one piece, writing a story I already started).

But now I'm right back to the opinion that me and word counts are unmixy things. Mostly because I'm a born over-writer, and my forward momentum on a story is usually in an inverse relationship to the number of words I write on it. I cringe at what the novel I am working on now would be like if my goal wasn't the concrete "finish chapter 13 by the end of the week" and instead was the nebulous, "write 500 words a day."

Anyway, your mileage may vary, yada, yada.

(3) I have recently started listening to audio books. On the plus side, lying quietly in the dark in the position of your choice having the story read to you? So much more comfortable than the contortions I normally have to do to read eBooks, or God forbid, paper books. On the minus side, audio book readers consider themselves performers and you get the story through their oral interpretation of it, rather than just a straight prose reading. That can be distracting. I am encouraged, though, as I whizzed through The Girl in the Spider's Web, the latest tome in the Millennium series in about three days.

That book, I'm happy to say, ended up reading like vintage Steig Larssen despite the fact that he's been dead for years and it was written by a successor. The only quibble I have is the idea that Lisbeth Salander self-identifies as a superhero warring against the perpetrators of violence and corruption conceived of as supervillains. I don't think she'd see herself that way, really. She'd see that interpretation as simplistic and irrelevant.


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Nov. 17th, 2015 06:03 am (UTC)
good luck with your plans for this story

I've been listening to audiobooks for the last two months. I've learned they are so not for me.
Nov. 17th, 2015 01:48 pm (UTC)
There are some things about audio books that bug me, and the biggest one is the narrator doing the frustrated actor thing and acting out all the parts (including accents), or narrating straight description or back story with an animated interpretation.

I wish they'd just read the thing and not insert themselves into it. It throws me out of the story.

However, it has not bothered me so much yet that I am put off getting my reading done this way.
Nov. 17th, 2015 04:20 pm (UTC)
yeah that is one of the things that bug me. My problem is it doesn't seem to engage my brain the same way as reading and it very quickly becomes background noise and I don't even register it's there until the dvd comes to an end. It's even worse if I'm streaming it.
Nov. 17th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
My brain works the opposite. Any time I hear language, it tunes in. This is why it is hard for me to get any work done in a room where people are talking, and why I don't work to music.
Nov. 17th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
That definitely would explain it. And I'm almost entirely visual (which comes across too much in my own writing). I can write anywhere because I turn the sound off. I write better with noise.
Nov. 17th, 2015 09:53 am (UTC)
Best of luck with the writing.

I'm a big fan of audio books but I do have to check the reader first. If someone overdramatises the reading it's annoying but a monotone reading sends me to sleep. I need a happy medium.

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a good day.
Nov. 17th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
Is there a place to get reviews on readers? I don't know enough about their reputations yet to judge without committing myself to the book.
Nov. 17th, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
I get mine from Audible and always check the reviews and the short extract on their site. As long as the reviews are for the audiobook and not the Amazon review for the actual book I get a pretty good idea of whether I'm going to like the voice at least. Goodreads has an audiobook discussion list too. I used to work in radio so a dramatised reading doesn't bother me as much as a reader with the wrong voice for the story.

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