September 11th, 2006

View from study (sunny)

Writing progress

Story Title: A Necessary Evil (aka The One About the War)
Words revised today: 0
Words now in Chapter 2: Same as yesterday
Percentage reduction: Same as yesterday
Words total: Same as yesterday
Reason for stopping: I need to have a bath and wash my hair and get stuff ready for work tomorrow.

Although no words were revised, I did do quite a bit of thinking about the WIP during my cycle ride this afternoon. I need to get the novel into shape so it doesn't just straggle on like the scarves I knitted when I was a kid. If I just start to write a novel and let it go where it will, I end up with something shapeless, something that -- if it were a scarf -- gets wider and narrower and goes a bit squiffy where I didn't manage to control the tension properly or where I dropped a stitch and didn't notice. With many drafts and a lot of struggling, I can make it sort of resemble a novel, but I've found that getting the skeleton of the shape first saves an awful lot of time and effort. Collapse )
island calm

Other stuff done today

Managed a few boring domestic bits and pieces.

  • Took the car into garage and it passed its MOT OK. Daihatsu still not ready.

  • Wrote to BT to point out that they have been overcharging us.

  • Touched up a couple of little holes in our bedroom wall where I'd moved two pictures to better positions.

  • Hung my nice horse print on the wall in my study.

  • Went for a cycle ride. The weather was gorgeous: warm and sunny, but not too hot for exercise.

  • Retrieved car from garage and put all the boxes of files back in the boot.

  • Walked to the Co-op to buy food for the week. There's just me here, of course, as G is in Czechoslovakia until Friday.

  • Phoned a couple of students and put them into classes. Yes, I know. It's my day off. But it's easier to get hold of people in the evening than during working hours.

That's it now. Off to relax and wind down before bedtime.
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