Marissa Lingen (mrissa) wrote,
Marissa Lingen

Inexorable march.

Two more chapters down today, 33 and 50. Sixteen left. I have the numbers scrawled on the top of a piece of paper, scratched out when I finish them. There are notes for the entirely unstarted chapters on the rest of the page.

Entirely unstarted: 31, 52, 62, 65.
Started but unfinished: 30, 34, 47, 48, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 61, 63.

See the handicap of my working method? How far along are you, M'ris? Oh, um...well, there's some stuff, see.... And the success of my method: I have not yet had to finish Chapter 30, and I am also not stuck staring at Chapter 30. What's in Chapter 30? Quantum field theory as applied to magic. The problem is (or maybe the blessing is?) the characters don't know that. It just has to happen. So in practical terms, unexplained and unintended magic stuff that freaks the characters out but has a pattern to it. Also some diplomatic stuff, both internally and externally. Not hard, overtly. Not obviously hard. Maybe I'll do it tomorrow. (I am not betting the farm.)

I am past the point where I keep reminding myself that I can do this. I'm at the point where I keep reminding myself that I can do other things. My multitasking ability is not up to par. On a normal day I would have finished the laundry. Today I washed jeans and called it good. Instead of hitting all the errands in one fell swoop while I was out today, I went to the bank and Byerly's and came home. I think this is perhaps not a bad thing. I think having non-book things scheduled in is a good thing. I'm having lunch with C.J. tomorrow and am talking to dd_b about popping up to see him later in the week, and they do not count as people and are indulgent of my MRRRRRFs. I told markgritter and timprov that I have no sense of perspective right now and that they need to point it out to me if they see me behaving entirely unreasonably as regards the book or anything else around here.

Even without their intervention, I know it would be better for me to finish reading Mother Aegypt and watch the Daily Show than to work on a third chapter today, so I will.

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