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March 27, 2013

I didn’t know you were missing

Filed under: administraviata,wordsmithery — Tags: , , , — lexifab @ 7:43 am

In answer to the question that nobody has proposed or probably even entertained, I have been knuckling down on Ms Cole’s Arrangements for the past few weeks. It’s a cold hard slog down in the word-mines. Output is slow, self-imposed deadlines loom and self-doubt nips at the heels like a murderous pack of rabid foxes. There’s not much time in the schedule for diversions, at this point.

To coin a catch-phrase almost guaranteed to enjoy universal adoption, blogging is the first casualty of authorial diligence.

I need to have a working manuscript by July for the critiquing group. I’m aiming to have it finished well before then so that I can revise the earlier chapters, which contain various contradictions and bits where I’ve just put some lazy marker like [insert character description here] into the text. If I have to, I’ll go to the crit circle with a raw draft, but I’d consider it more polite if I at least fix up the obvious errors. For that matter, if I don’t fix the glaring stuff, there’s a chance that the simple mistakes will distract people from detecting the really egregious (logical, structural, character) flaws. From what I’ve seen my group is quite diligent at calling out the deep-seated problems – I have certainly tried to be for my own part – but there’s no call to make it any harder than it already is.

Anyway, things are going to be quiet for a while, at least until I feel like I’m getting ahead of my goals. At the moment I am optimistic that will happen sometime before July.

Oh, and while I am making excuses for a lack of blog productivity, there was that whole thing a couple of weeks ago where the site vanished for several days. (I think maybe two people noticed). At first there was a thought that it was Ukrainian hackerz, but actually it was just miscommunicated security advice from the ISP and whatnot. Nothing to worry about. Your comments are safe.

4 Comments »

  1. [insert character name here] had once been mistaken for kayaking champion Zelda Cushman and asked for her autograph. Another time she had been mistaken – by a hippy travelling through the district in a combi van – for the prophet Elijah. “I still have that golden tablet, you gave me, man,” he had said. “It’s around here somewhere.”

    [insert character name here] looked like an Ewok dipped in golden syrup. Complete strangers would come up to him and lick him to see if it were true.

    [insert character name here] was just like [insert other character name here], but where [insert other character name here] was bilaterally symmetric, [insert character name here] belonged to the D3h point group. And it could see much further into the X-ray spectrum.

    #justthoughtidhelpout

    Comment by Chris — March 28, 2013 @ 7:34 am

  2. [insert character name here] was a St. George-Illawarra season ticket holder and a constant presence on internet forums correcting the misrepresentation of Empress Theodor in the Secret History of Procopius. “There are more of us than you think,” she had told Monsignor Pasquarelli, staring myopically at him with her watery-grey eyes, polishing her glasses with a corner of her shirt. That was the night the old pharmacy on Queen St. burned down.

    [insert character name here] had one leg two inches shorter than the other, a legacy of the time he ran into an animal unknown to science while taking a shortcut through Gomolongolo State Forest. That was the last time he ever left a copy of The Watchtower on the front steps of O’Driscoll’s corrugated-iron cottage. “Don’t like the way the moon looks so big on that road,” he would say in his mellifluous Danish accent, refusing to meet your eye.

    [insert character name here]was 6’1″ and had red hair.

    Comment by Chris — March 28, 2013 @ 8:57 am

  3. That last one – can I borrow that last one? I’m gonna need to change the hair colour, but otherwise it’s perfect.

    Comment by lexifab — March 28, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

  4. Hehe. Sure! 😉

    Comment by Chris — March 28, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

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