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August 29, 2011

Winding down

Filed under: administraviata,fitter/happier,friends,wordsmithery — lexifab @ 12:40 am

I’m trashed. We’ve had a big weekend of visitation from Andrew, Von and their adorable little Jade Monkey. The house seemed even more full than usual of loud children demanding constant attention. It was also maxing out on superconcentrated doses of cuteness though, so it’s hard to complain.

Now I am chilling with new Doctor Who and chatting on Facebook with my buddy Rob (who is currently staring down the barrel of sinister weather formation Hurricane Irene, in what must surely be one of the great ill-timed first visits to the Big Apple for some time). He is providing a welcome procrastination excuse, though I am shortly going to have to bite the bullet and sign off  if I’m going to get anything done before I pass out from child-wrangling based exhaustion.

Chatting with Andrew over the weekend has prompted me to think that I need to set myself some writing goals, if only because I work better to deadlines than not. I have a list of projects on the boil – the current Sawl short (which is too long by far in its first draft), the throwaway Unicorn story which I want to edit into shape rather than throw away, the continuation of the Lost reviews, several other short reviews for various things I’ve read and liked, and a novel (of which I have written about 20000 words; I need to start again with a revised concept and a tighter plan, if not an actual outline). I’d like to think it’s not going to take me too much longer to get what I think of as my ‘main’ short story into shape, but then I would also like to think that it’s not going to end up 5000 words long, and yet that’s the territory Draft One has strayed into.

I am not going to do anything reckless like commit to targets right at the moment though. Having just opened up the draft document a second ago and read the last thing I wrote, it’s pretty clear from my total failure to recognise my own sentences that I am not in a fit state to exercise sound judgment.

That probably means I’m ripe to write weird fiction though.


  1. First!

    I mean, er, does this chilling with Da Doctor mean that you don’t see eye to eye with AKH that the latest series is rubbish?

    And, in chatting with Andrew about writing goals, did he give any ETA for final-ish drafts of his NaNoWriMo novels?

    Comment by The Once and Future Dr Clam — August 29, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

  2. A) Nah. I can see her point, but I just don’t have as much of a problem with the mad abandon of the plotting or the strange affectations of the characters. It may not prove to be my favourite season ever, but I’m enjoying it. Which is not to say it is without flaws.

    B) Is that ‘Lotus’? It came up, but deadlines were not discussed. I would be cautious about holding my breath.

    Comment by lexifab — August 30, 2011 @ 1:40 am

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