Wednesday, January 18, 2012

#Row80 1/18 Check-In

In all honesty, I wanted to skip this check-in.  It's been a busy week so far.  It doesn't look to be letting up any time soon.  The Word Count for all WIPs has been 0.  I'm wrestling with the muse and loosing.  It wants to work at 2am.  I don't.  But seeing that I've stalled as of late, I'm beginning to think I need to surrender and let 2am happen.

Plotting has happened.  There's been lots of changes to A&F.  I've decided to cut the first six chapters and start over.  I like what's there, but I don't think it progresses the story enough.  I'm also working to make A&F stand on it's own.  I'd like readers to be able to pick it up and go without having to go back to WtB.  And, yes, I'm still tinkering with the Skyler POV scene.  It's happening on the side.  I'll get it into the file sooner or later.  Just to keep it interesting, SR has thrown me off track.  I was trucking along just fine, then realized it was still missing something.  Can you say, "Start over"?  I think I'll have to pull it off the blog until I nail this down.  Is there such a thing as too many rewrites?

To go along with that, I sort of employed the dresser mirror as a story board.  I kept changing up my notes and plot line.  The computer screen and notebooks seemed a bit crowded.  I don't have a dry erase board.  I've never seen the need for one.  The mirror is an OLD one that is all wavy and messed up like it should be in a fun house.  Now, it holds most of A&F's plot line.  Lots of X's and arrows going on.  I wanted to start the rewrite yesterday, but felt icky and uninspired.  Maybe today will be better.

I had my follow up this morning.  My doc is referring me to a specialist.  I figured that would eventually happen, but it's still discouraging.  I'll give them a try.  The doc has been very helpful so far, and I trust her.

My friend's surgery went well.  I don't know if I ever mentioned what was up.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer.  They removed the lump and a portion of the surrounding tissue Monday.  Now she is on bed rest with a few rounds of chemo coming her way.  She's a trooper.  I admire her courage.  She isn't one to complain. 


  1. *Announcer voice* And in this corner.. weighing in at.. it's Muse! Sorry to hear about your friend. That's got to be rough. At least you got some plot work in. Don't let 0 words define how well you did. Keep trying. :)

  2. Wishing you and your friend all the best.
    We are all subject to health issues sooner or later.

  3. It sounds like even if you're not expanding your word count, you're getting a lot of important mental work done on your projects! Wishing you and your friend the best - I've been there with loved ones having cancer. It's a tough ride.