I’d love to fly a jumbo…
I’m really enjoying my nameless novel. It’s a lot of fun to write. Though, because I stopped to do a bit of back-filling /editing I am, amusingly, only 10k further on than I was in Feb!
And there will probably be a pause now, while I take a little holiday (I don’t tend to write when I travel).
The book continues to unfold delightfully.
Though, it felt like it was going to be about an 80k project. Then I changed direction and it began to feel like only 60k. We’ll see. I’m about to start killing characters, so the aftermath will determine the length I think. Me and my pantser ways!
Who knows, maybe while I’m away I’ll be struck with inspiration for a title…
This week is “hard rubbish” collection week where I live, and among the items I’ve put out is an old computer monitor and a washing machine. The funny thing is I feel sad about seeing them go. The washing machine was the first I owned and it’s moved through various homes with me. Little stories have become attached as we’ve watched years pass together.
Same with the monitor. Mind you, I will also miss it for being my first bit of tech-indulgence and it is still a stylish little thing. *Sigh* So many attached stories.
As I walk past the other houses with their piles of modern detritus, I wonder if the people get sad at the passing of these items – the passing of their stories.
I was looking for the origins of “quartermaster” as a term the other day and the wisdom of the interwebs tells me that there are two possible sources. It could come from the “master of quarters” who looked after the accommodation (royal or military), or it could come from the “master of the quarterdeck” on ships.
Given there’s no solid path for the origin, I’m going to pick the master of the quarterdeck. Why? Well, I like ships. And I like naval terms.
I’ve been resisting the Poldark TV series. While I like period dramas this one sounded more like a melodrama so I held off on the watching. Finally – maybe inevitably – I caved. It’s a period soap, but Poldark manages to skirt the edge of melodrama very elegantly.
Which got me curious about the books the series is based on, and a trip to the library followed. Well… It was such a strange book (Ross Poldark, by Winston Graham) without a plot, with a lot of characters and a very odd structure.
Does Ross change in the course of the book? No. Should someone else be the protagonist? Maybe.
Was it an enjoyable read? Yes. Which is the benefit of having a lot of characters and a lot of life happening to all of them. It just might have been better for having an actual plot. I found that weird.
They eked out a bit of plot for the series. Thankfully.
I still can’t find a working title for new novel… it’s bugging me. Maybe I’ll just call it “nameless”?
Anyway, it is marching along at a good pace, though my word total has actually gone backwards! Funny how that happens.
You see there’s a point, somewhere between 25 and 40 thousand words where my brain goes “Hang on, why is that happening? Should that be the way these characters are talking to each other right now?”. Usually, this is the point at which I stop working on a draft, put it in the drawer for a bit and then – often – throw the whole lot out when I come back to work on it. It’s a system.
With this novel, I got to 28K and ground to a halt, but then a weird thing happened… instead of putting it away, I started trying to problem solve. This is never good. So, after a few days of drawing bubble diagrams and fearing I was turning into a planner (aagh!), I realised that I needed to do a different version of chucking it all out and starting again.
Which actually meant, shoving all the chapters into a holding spot and starting from the start again, but re-introducing existing chapters if useable. Like I say, it’s a system.
The very weird thing, is that I’m using essentially the same system, but in a different timeframe. This has me wondering if I’ll stop drawer-ing drafts part way through in future. I think that would make daemon happy, as he gets twitchy to go back to unfinished things. We’ll see. With next new novel!