Daily Archives: September 5, 2007

Il Maestro Update

Total word count, Il Maestro e le Figlie di Coro: 45,794
New words today: 1,372
Carrots: a couple (emotionally, if not directly applicable to the work itself)

I didn’t remember the last time I’d actively worked on this book, but the date stamp on the file told me it was last December.

Let’s hear it for rummaging through notes to find suggestions for scenes, and going back to insert them between chapters! There is now part of a Chapter 6 1/2 covering what happens in December, which is a good thing because the existing narrative jumped from November to late January. This is also a good thing in that I get to warm up: it eases me back into the feel of this novel without forcing me to write the Big Thing That Comes Next.

When I opened the file this morning I panicked because it was so much smaller than I remembered it being. I’d forgotten that I cut about five thousand words out of this novel because they sent it in a direction I chose not to take after all. Now, of course, it’s four pages longer.

Some more research has been done, too. I’d like to see a couple of documentaries filmed in the past four years but I can’t find a listing for them anywhere. I don’t think they’re anywhere near crucial enough to write to the production companies to ask where I might obtain copies, though.

Back From The Dead

… or from the bed, anyway. I am better, thank you all.

On the other hand, it looks like the dryer is sicker than I was. It should not take three sessions to dry a small load of socks and underthings. We’re looking into getting the vent cleaned professionally; that ought to help. In the meantime, the clothesline is seeing lots of time and I’ll be buying a wooden drying rack this week, something I’ve been putting off for two years now. If the line can’t be used, I’m going to put my foot down and limit everyone to one session in the dryer per load, then it’s being relegated to the drying rack. The waste of electricity is shameful.

Also, one of the funniest LJ icons I have seen in a while: a crop of a Mary Wollstonecraft portrait, with the words “I can has rights?” along the bottom.