Marissa Lingen (mrissa) wrote,
Marissa Lingen
mrissa

On writing and not writing books.

This morning, I was amused to find that I had written that a character "jumped to her fett." As I do not write StarWars fanfic, this should be fixed. Still. (We have a Boba Fett toy from ages ago, and Roo was playing with it Sunday, repeating: "Bobo Fett? Bobo Fett? Where?" and smothering it in Uncle markgritter's penguin lovey the Sarlac or something spelled similarly. porphyrin tried to get him to say Boba instead of Bobo, but he was having none. This is the child who insists that the wrinkly little green guy is called Minnesota, so hey, whatever. I find it unspeakably adorable.) Anyway, I envision jumping to her fett as something like skipping to my loo. On which subject, I'll take "ways to tell the lyricist was not British" for $200, please.

I begin to see why so many children's books have one sibling designated as "the clever one": when you are deliberately having three children clever in different ways, it can get to be hard to balance who thinks of what when. Some of it is clearly in the category of "X would think of that and Y never would," but some of it is just that something needs to occur to someone, and it would eventually occur to all of them, but someone has to say it first.

I have not drafted a book this year. This is the first year since 2000 in which I have not finished the first draft of a book. I don't particularly like this, but I also think that this is exactly the wrong time for me to push through to finish a book in a month. There's a reason the NaNo people didn't choose December, and besides, I just don't feel that great. So I will keep doing what I have been doing: revisions, new writing, sending stuff out. Generally keeping on as much as I can. It's not that I haven't been working. It's mostly that Thermionic Night and Sampo have required a lot of work, and I haven't had as much energy to apply to that as I usually do. I know I'm not being a slacker.

It still bothers me, though.
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