A short trip…and some writing

While I should have been polishing off the last 15 percent of the second draft of The Queen of Langoria, I went AWOL. Yes…I enjoyed a squiz at the Versailles Exhibition at the National Gallery and then the Popular Pet Show at the National Portait Gallery. It was very relaxing and the weather was great as was the Hyatt Hotel.

I between I’m sure that I violated some sort of code by reading John Birmingham’s Alien Side Boob column while sitting in the rarified atmosphere of the National Library. It was at the very least, an act of sedition.

Anyhow, I also knocked out over 1000 words on a new story idea…let’s just call it One Cyborg at a Time for now. Made me laugh.

And here is a picture of Lake Burley Griffin and the bell tower obscured by lush trees and with my foot providing foreground…sensational!

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My 2 weeks to write is over…

Yes indeed it is over. And, rather surprisingly, I have achieved most of what I wanted to achieve. I have reached the halfway point in the 2nd draft of Langoria, which was always going to be the big challenge. I still have work to do, but most of the problems in structure and motivation, backstory consistency etc were in the first half. While there is still a lot of work to do from here, the second half flows much more smoothly and shows that I was really into the story and was writing with more confidence and ease. So from here on in I would hope to get some final draft out in the middle of the year, time and work permitting. Now…there is also the issue of cover art.

As an aside, I took time out from writing yesterday to go to the Perth Writers Festival to listen to Garth Nix, Jay Kristoff, and Ken Liu speak about writing. That was an awesome session, very enjoyable and I recommend that if you get the chance you should listen to these guys speak in person. It’s very illuminating. I have been going to writers festivals for a number of years and that was the best session I’ve been to.

So now it’s back to work next week and a lot less time for writing…but I am reinvigorated. Good luck with all your writing…

George

 

 

Cyndi Lauper – when she sings

I hit a brick wall with my writing yesterday…a couple of decision points in the story just didn’t ring true enough, so I am pondering how this is fixed. I think I know what I can do, but this morning I have let my subconscious work away on the problem while I tried to get vocals somewhere near right on a song or two that I’m working on. So here is the link to When She Sings…a musical version of a poem I wrote after a 2011 gig she did here in Perth…yeah, it’s taken almost 6 years…hope the novel is quicker. I am going to see here again in a couple of months. It will be awesome. The link to my Soundcloud site is below.

When She Sings

2 weeks to write – starting week two

So, I am happy to say, week one ended up going well. Kicked ass on Friday…worked out some missing bits of the story and worked out how to mash the story together more efficiently. Changing chunks around, adding new chunks, wondering why the fuck I had written some the drivel that I came across. I think the main reason was so that I had something to cut to make me feel better. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

So it’s almost lunchtime on Monday and I have got into Chapter 10…still lots of text to ponder about. Is it in the right position, is it well written, is it necessary?

See you later

 

George

2 weeks to write – Day 4

I have had a pretty good day today. Ploughed into Langoria and worked out that I could, no, that I needed to, remove two characters from the book completely. Shit happens, but it’s for the best. So now I am writing notes to remind myself what has to change from here on in. Some of the their dialogue is important so I will need to work that into the other characters. This is proving to be less torture and more like fun.

Of course my natural inclination to waste time is always bubbling away, so the guitar came out this morning for a while. It scared the cat away! Add to this, watching The Way (gut-wrenchingly sad first 20 mins) and I have still managed to waste a couple of hours or so, but I’m not too worried. It’s my time to waste!

This evening I might go and see Great Wall…should be fun.

George

 

2 Weeks of writing – Day 3

Yesterday, after lunch, I did enventually get into Langoria. And hey, I skimmed it and realised that it started in the wrong place. So I spent the afternoon reorganising chapter 1, ditching whole sections and toying with the idea of writing from the perspective of a different character. So, chapter one is substantially rewritten, and from here on in the first half of the story is in for a real shake up.

Today, I recorded a new song…I think it is sufficiently mediocre and so satisfies my standards, and then watched the movie Battleship. Now, some people say this is not a first class movie. I, however, think it’s great.Lots of aliens, explosions, a battleship, the underdogs winning. Yeehah!

More writing this afternoon, after a trip to the beach for lunch and a swim, and lots of large bits of paper with arrows and flow charts to work out the plot. Even with new technology, I like an A3 sheet of paper and pencil, together with loud music, to replot. Call me old fashioned, lots of people do,  it it keeps me focused.

Tomorrow, I shall progress with shredding and recomposing chapters 2 and maybe 3. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

George

new song can be found here…I did warn you it was mediocre (at best)

https://soundcloud.com/freelancer-322054251/august-1983

 

 

2 weeks of writing – Day 2

It’s lunch time on day 2 and I can report that yesterday afternoon I did indeed do some writing. Shit yeah!

After playing my guitar for about an hour while trying to write songs (I have 3 lyric-lacking tunes) I sat down and turned on the computer. This is my old computer that is not connected to the mother of all distractions (internet).

I sat and stared at the screen for a while, opened up Langoria, and set about commencing the tortuous 2nd Draft. It took me about 20 minutes to stop that cruel and unusual self-imposed punishment and look at the plot for my next story…the plot of which is sooo friggin awesome (and funny) that it completely took over. Langoria had to wait.

This morning, after paying bills, having some loud song-writing efforts with my geetarrgghh, and posting a revised Poltician’s Prayer that is now a President’s Prayer (see my previous post), I sat down to some serous writing of the new story and knocked out 2000 pretty good words (I think they are all proper ones and to be found in the dictionary), at least good enough for the literary spew that is a first draft.

This afternoon, it is time to bite the bullet and get into the real torture of Langoria, but first I’ll just check out John Birmingham’s twitter feed. Might be funny.

See ya

George

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