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I've been really productive the last few days, but today I sat down with a ton of Black Ribbon notes and outlines--

@cleolinda: I am wading through a bewildering mass of "don't forget to put this in" notes right now.

@cleolinda: I am starting to understand why so many writers drink.

@cleolinda: Definitely with Alcohol In It. RT @bexone: @cleolinda i think this calls for a bag of something.

@cleolinda: Holy crap, I think I just solved the *other* massive plot hole in the novel.

@cleolinda: Found in my notes: "'This means nothing to me.' (Hey, we have something in common! Because I have no idea what I meant by this!)"

@cleolinda: Well, I just keep solving all kinds of plot issues today.

@cleolinda: ANOTHER PLOT HOLE SOLVED--dear God, what was wrong with me on this first set of drafts?

@cleolinda: I just realized that I have written in a literal Chekhov's gun. http://tinyurl.com/2d3e8lp

--and solved ALL THE PROBLEMS. Well, all the existing problems. I may have created new ones, I don't know. All I know is, chapter five now happens somewhere between chapters two and three, and a completely different person gets killed (Secondary Character's Daughter, you can thank me later), we're actually going to get a lot more of the Mysterious Veiled Lady character, and chapters nine and ten may be combined, because much of chapter nine has been moved to chapter five which has been moved up there between chapters two and three. And all the notes I had about putting in more blackmail, magicians, catalepsy and opium? It's all in. POW! YOU CAN ONLY HOPE TO CONTAIN ME.

And then I was like, wait... is this a... a manic episode? Because I kind of don't want to eat much, and I'm really sensitive to noise (like, "WHY ARE YOU STILL TALKING?" noise), and my scalp tingles, and I feel anxious--not creeping dread, but jitters, like I'm about to take an exam. And those are key symptoms for me. But I'm focusing really well, as opposed to being so focused that I can't stay focused. (That doesn't make any sense, but I can't put it any other way. It's like your mental focus is so intense that you can't hold it very long. You could bore a hole through a wall if you could keep your eyes on one spot for more than thirty seconds.) So I'm hoping this is a gentler hypomanic episode like the ones I used to have, rather than mania, which I had a couple of times earlier this year, and which was neither helpful nor pleasant. This feels manageable, which mania (a newer experience for me) doesn't, and that's how I differentiate between the two, personally. So. Basically, what I'm getting around to is that I finally went, "Wait... so if this is an episode of some kind... does this mean it's going to end?" So I'm trying to make as much hay as I can while the sun shines.

As such, there is no linkspam tonight, except one thing I am compelled to post anyway, because OMG JANE EYRE TRAILER. 

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I really enjoy reading these kinds of entries, even though I'm not a writer of any kind. It's fun to read about ~The Process~

YAY! change your name to butter, cause you are on a roll!

you can call me Jelly, with my 3400 words done today!! Whee!!


Why on Earth would you link to TV Tropes???? D: D: D: D: HELP.

I was just about to go to bed and now I'm dangerously close to falling back into TV Tropes. WHY IS IT SO POWERFUL?

Oh god, do I dare dream of a film version of Jane Eyre that isn't dull as dishwater? One that doesn't just skim over her childhood? Maybe even one that remembers that important stuff happens AFTER Rochester?

You know, it wasn't until my most recent reread of the book that I even realized why any of the non-Rochester stuff is there. Because I'm an idiot. It was suddenly such a different book for me at that point, when I realized it wasn't just, "Stuff in the life of Jane Eyre that happens, some of which I find more interesting than the rest."

One of the cardinal rules of mental illness is that it's not pathological unless it's wrecking your life or bugging the snot out of you. If you're happy and productive, and don't suddenly find yourself out in the garage disassembling the car with your teeth in the next couple of days, you're probably fine.

Well, I don't know anything about cars, so I should be okay.

Great trailer, but what's with the tacky sans-serif font? It looks like they hired a sixth-grader to do the lettering.

I'm trying to wrap my mind around the idea of Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers, and not quite succeeding.

I genuinely had to put in five minutes of hard thought to think of who he could be playing. I don't think I've quite grasped that he's grown up.

I found this recently, and I just have to share:

William Faulkner, speaking of Ernest Hemingway: "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."

Hemingway’s response: "Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"

Maybe this is common knowledge (but, much like Chekhov's gun, a technique which I now yell at every badly-edited book), I just discovered it, and it's hilarious. What sort of language are you using? I can't imagine what your writing voice is like, actually, now that I think about it - because it's probably different than your blogging voice, which is - your voice, most likely.

Well, it's also set in the Victorian era, so my bloggerisms aren't there. I was really concerned that I'm not coming up with enough pretty poetic stylistic imagery, until I reminded myself that it's a fairly long, heavily plotted series, and that you don't want to wear people out with the pretty language. A little goes a long way in a longer work, I suspect.

You know the lines in The Secret Life of Dolls that seem to have wandered in out of a "real" story? Kind of like that.

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Oh, wow, and I thought that I had a good writing day! You're on a roll and I love getting the second-hand excitement!

Go you and your plot-hole-solving self! Also, pls. remind me to tell you about the interesting people I met at the NPC Book Fair tonight.

Sounds more like a natural high to me. Brace for impact, though, there may be a crash afterward. Still, take advantage of it while you can.

As for the trailer, I am a little out of touch with actors and such, but do I spy a few faces from Cranford in there?

I congratulate you on the plot solving! :D And happy, useful mania can actually be quite exhilarating, so I hope that it stems nothing but positive creativity for you.


My favorite thing about that TVTropes page is that they also have a page for Chekov's Gun. As in Ensign Chekov.

I'm glad you're making so much progress on Black Ribbon! It gives me hope that someday my writing messes will become a Real Book! (One day I'll be a real boy, etc)

"But I'm focusing really well, as opposed to being so focused that I can't stay focused. "
Okay I know exactly what you're talking about here. I think. For me it's like my brain is going so fast and so efficiently that I can't keep up with it. Like "Ho shit I gotta clean the cat boxes! Wow I need to read 40 pages by tomorrow! I am checking my email! Wait... why the hell am I holding my text book and the pooper scooper?"

I loved the Jane Eyre trailer, although Fassbender is so ridiculously attractive that Jane telling Rochester he isn't handsome is a real LOLWUT moment.

Okay, I admit to laughing out loud at that.