Lexifabricographer For when the right word just won’t do…

January 16, 2008

So, what’s on the writing To Do list, Dave?

Filed under: Uncategorized,wordsmithery — lexifab @ 11:08 pm

Glad you asked. It helps to keep me honest. Although while I am being honest, I have to say that I’m finding that doing any writing at all – including blog entries – is unsurprising hard at the moment, between wrangling the baby, washing things and trying to catch up on sleep. (Even as I typed that last sentence, Fi asked me to take over with the baby-minding for a few minutes…I’m back now). I’m working pretty hard to convince myself that I need a laptop so that I can write somewhere other than the study (no, I don’t do longhand any more – well, not if I can help it, anyway). At the moment I don’t get to spend a lot of my time in the study, so if I’m going to so any writing at all, my tools are going to have to be portable. Yes, yes, I understand that a pen and writing pad are more portable than a laptop computer. Stop interrupting my stream of commercial-consciousness.

Anyway, the list:

  • Short story. Status: commenced, but untouched since early December. Will get back to that soon.
  • Emails: Many thank you emails still to write to various folks who wished us well at Connor’s birth and in the weeks since. Neglected to date, but no more so than anything else.
  • Sawl email game. It’s my turn in the little back and forth email story I started with Herr Fellows. I haven’t forgotten!
  • Spit songs. Evan’s visit has sparked that dreaded inspiration to churn out a few more semi-comic ditties that we’ll probably never get around to recording. I estimate we have at least another album’s worth of stuff we could record, so I figure a few more homeless lyrics won’t make any difference.
  • Novels. I have at least two that I’m thinking about doing. I suspect I can work on one of them during the year (the one with the least research required) and start the other – ha! – during all the free time I will have in my year off mindingConnor, which starts about mid-November. Ev’s also agreed to be my novel-buddy – we’ll gee each other up with regular “how much did you get written this week?” hassles until one or the other of us snaps and goes postal.
  • Gaming stuff. There is a ridiculously oversized project occupying my mind at the moment which I can only conceivably justify spending heaps of time on if I actually go to the effort of publishing it. I’m not sure I want to do that (it’s hardly the most reputable literary option available to me) but it really is bugging me a lot right now.
  • Webcomic. There’s a lot of what seem like good ideas for a regular comic strip popping into my head. Fortunately this seems like the idea I can afford most easily to dispense with as the extra effort of drawing and electronically publishing it will take more time than I’m going to have.

Urgh. Too many half-baked impulses, not enough time or commitment!


  1. Hey, did Ev say happen to mention if he had read my 2003 NaNoWriMo novel yet, which he promised to do “Cross my heart and hope to be infected with a virulent new strain of genetically modified cryptosporidium” many long years ago? The lab says they are ready to go with the infecting.

    Tell us more about your short story, novel, and webcomic ideas!

    Comment by Dr Clam — January 17, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

  2. Um, he didn’t mention it. Where’s it posted up again?

    Let’s see: the short story is a tale from the Sawl, Novel A is a hopefully funny supernatural comedy about the public service, Novel B (the one that requires planning and research) will be about Renaissance Florence, and the webcomic is too underdeveloped to discuss in depth, but is basically about Spit, albeit with entirely new characters, situations and songs.

    Comment by lexifab — January 18, 2008 @ 9:46 am

  3. I’ve been successfully avoiding any further work at all on the 2002/2003/2004 novel that totally failed to win me the vogel prize in my very last year of eligibility.
    I remain grateful for that prize. That prize kept me going for so very long. I didn’t need to win it. Just the possibility was enough. So what do you say?
    Two thousand and eight, Two thousand and great?
    Perhaps this is the year for you?
    Write, me lovely, write!

    Comment by polly — January 18, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

  4. http://www.forgottenplanet.com/fiction/The_Ghost_Years.pdf … plugged Dr Clam.

    I reckon your instinct to finish that tale from the Sawl first is a good one. I am really getting fond of the place! 🙂 And I think you must have mentioned the Renaissance Florence one before, I remember now. As for the Neo-Spit Webcomic, I sure hope my character is now a tap-dancing purple dinosaur! Detective. Avante-garde poet. And zen master.

    Comment by Dr Clam — January 19, 2008 @ 11:30 am

  5. 2008 – The Year of Getting Shit Done. Well, maybe.

    Clam – I’m pretty sure I’ve read at least a couple of chapters of TGY, but I don’t recall finishing it. Will make another attempt, since it is assuredly less tough going than the entirely pedestrian, lumbering Inspector Rebus novel I got for Xmas.

    As for the dinosaur, I suspect that it will make irregular appearances at best. My main constraint on the webcomic at the moment is technological, though I daresay there are free options available.

    Comment by lexifab — January 20, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

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