I think xkcd is right on this one!
The writing daemon has earned his chocolate! Turns out that PAR’s antagonist was up to no good for a good reason, but that’s what was missing – her motivation!!
Okay that’s enough excited exclamation marks for one post… but I am pleased. I’d been worried my brain had identified some larger problem and I’d end up reworking this last section. I’m so close to finishing the edit (7 chapters left!) that a major issue was going to turn it into a slog.
Motivations sometimes sink below the action when I’m writing the initial draft. (Not for the protag, but for other players.) I think it’s the fact it all seems logical that throws me, because I don’t expect to write something that is logical and in keeping with their character without an explicit motivation. But you can! That’s what happened here, probably because there’s a lot going on in this section and many threads converging.
Of course I might find other problems with these few last chapters, but I’m not so worried now. And, I’ve got to say, my mind is already working out how I’ll tackle the next edit. I know what I want to work on, because there is a real weakness in my dialogue through-out this draft. It’s been bugging me during this edit, but I like to do dialogue all in one hit to keep consistency. For now I just need to finish this draft!
The observant reader of my blog will have noticed a suspicious absence of PAR, or other writing, chat recently… even after I’d said I was planning on doing some during my week off… and that came and went…
This is because I’ve hit resistance!
Other than enjoying a break, I realised that writing daemon isn’t happy with the 6th, 7th and 8th last chapters of PAR. The major antagonist is doing things which are logical – daemon and I agree on that – but he’s not convinced by them. I’m willing to consider he might be right. There’s just something a bit under-baked about what the antagonist is up to. Note the very technical term there – a sure sign that I have no idea why it’s not working.
The solution I’ve come up with is to avoid the question entirely (!) and keep working by starting with the last chapter and going backwards.
Trust me it’s not as weird as it sounds. I already know what needs fixing in the two last chapters (emotional tone) and they’re quite divorced from the earlier crisis caused by my antagonist. By the time I’m back into the problem zone, I reckon daemon will have figured it all out (I’ve promised him chocolate).
Can’t say I’ve tried working backwards before though…
How do you keep cool at a football match?
Stand next to a fan.
(Aaah, the deliciously bad jokes that come in xmas crackers! I make no apologies.)
Our last day in Edinburgh might have finished with Arthur’s Seat, but it began with taking the Dunblane line to Stirling to visit its castle! Of course I had a ball taking pics out the windows including our glimpse of Linlithgow Palace.
I also did manage to – sort of – capture the Kelpies…
And I have to admit I read this station sign as Camelot more than once!
Then we got to Stirling, which I thought was an attractively old place. Streets twist up from the bottom of the hill toward the castle and there are some very old buildings (even a ruin!) and lovely little green spots.
It wasn’t hard to tell that Stirling Castle is a tourist spot. This was bigger than the row of buses below Edinburgh Castle!
One of the great things about Stirling Castle is that it has evolved over so much time that each building has a different style. It also has a few different levels so you keep climbing once you’re inside the walls.
There are also wonderful grassy lawns in the grounds of the castle.
And the views from the castle are all amazing. You can see why it was the perfect place to have a castle from a defensive point of view.
We weren’t sure we’d go to Stirling, but I’m so glad we did. Quite aside from it being a beautiful sunny day which, away from the coastal wind, was jumper-taking-off warm, we saw all this great stuff. The castle itself is fascinating, but we also popped into Argyll Lodging (17th C house), which is just down from the castle entry, and saw the ruins of the fantastically named Mars Wark.
Over the last year I’ve noticed the absence of e-readers on the train. Books of paper are still there in about the same numbers, but the e-readers have vanished and it puzzles me.
I know a lot of people are reading on their phones now and reserve their e-readers for the bathroom or the bedroom, but I’m surprised so many people seem to be happy with the awkwardness of phones as a book delivery system. Particularly office workers who spend so much time looking at brightly lit screens during the day!
The world of reading e-books is foreign to me, I must admit. Other than reading a few on my trip last year (on a tablet) I still go the paper route, so I don’t have much insight into how people consuming ebooks are doing it or why.
Makes me think I should start interrogating people I work with to learn more about these habits. I know many of my writer friends read ebooks, but I’m never sure that asking writers is a good way to do market research!
I wonder what will come next in electronic reading…
I read Altered Carbon when it came out and loved the ideas in it. Given the story is such a logical one for adaption to the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see the poster for the TV show. Though a movie would make more sense to me for the type of story…
All I hope, is that the writers remedy what was very wrong with the book – and why I never bothered with the author’s other work – which was a disappointing treatment of the sexes. Particularly the idea that being in a woman’s body makes being physically tortured worse. *sigh*
The trailer for the series looks interesting and I was glad to see Joel Kinnaman is in the lead – he’s an actor I have a lot of time for. Not sure when I’ll get to see it as I don’t have the streaming service that’s created it, but I look forward to having a peek when it happens!