April 24th, 2006

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I'm done with the entire niamhstar thing. Apparently it "all makes sense now" because "things happen." Maybe there are "explanations" to be had and she'll "crack her code" for us, but I, personally, have better things to do.

In happier news, Sister Girl is now out of bed and back at work. Apparently they had to actually cut into her jawbone and take one of the teeth out in pieces, which is why recovery was so hard for her (I don't think she spent an entire day out of bed until yesterday). My mother and my aunt are out on their bikes, because my aunt's off from teaching for Good Monday (yes, I know it's not Good Monday. Birmingham City Schools: We Maek Yer Kids Smrt!). Me, I've been doing a lot of writing lately and feeling pretty good. I've mostly been working on the Fantasy Opus, whose details I am guarding so closely that I would rather give it a lame-ass nickname like "the Fantasy Opus" rather than actually tell you the title. Good times. I'm mostly still in the drafting phase, where I sit down and freewrite and sort of describe to myself, in present tense, what I see happening. This way I get down dialogue and plot details--and, occasionally, actual turns of phrase--without having the pressure of Writing with a capital W. Half the time I slip into my narrative voice (dead giveaway: past tense) anyway, and usually by the time I get to a revision phase, I discover that there's not all that much I have to change, other than verb tense and a bit of cleanup, anyway. The freewriting/describing is more about tricking myself into thinking that no one's looking, if that makes any sense.

Meanwhile, my mother (who is still off work) and I were having lunch a couple of hours ago, and we got to talking about The Second Book. The second book is not coming along so well. I think what's stressing me out is that I set myself a premise--big movies of 2005--that's pretty much already outdated. I mean, by the time it would hit shelves, it would probably be 2007, and this kind of year-in-review thing can't be more than a year old at the most. And then, if you've done one year, you've basically committed yourself to doing several unless you want to have one lame year-in-review all by its lonesome, and this does not, after some consideration, seem like a good idea to me.

But I hated giving up on the book entirely--one of the things I liked about that selection of movies was that it was chock full of franchise movies: Narnia, another Star Wars, another Potter, etc. So we're sitting there eating takeout from Panera, and it finally occurs to me: Why not just do a book of recent franchise movies? Collapse )

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