December 4th, 2006

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Writing progress

Story Title: A Necessary Evil (aka The One About the War)
Words now in Chapter 4: 5585
Words total: 23,482
Reason for stopping: End of chapter. Need to do stuff for work tomorrow.

Chapter 4 included a library scene. This one occurs in the Palace Library.

I seem to like library scenes. I have one in the whodunit too. A book actually does get read this time, though there's also a scuffle and an interrogation. And Huw and Mark get to meet the prince and the king.

I also spent a bit of time shifting huge chunks of text from chapter to chapter. I'm looking very hard at the existing text to be sure that it is actually doing useful stuff with regard to plot and isn't just self-indulgent character stuff. I think the order is approximately right now. I should be able to start looking at Chapter 5 tomorrow morning before I go out to work.

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In other news...

G returned safely from China. I stayed late at work on Friday and then drove up to Manchester airport to wait for his flight. I had a couple of hours to wait, but I had a book and had taken a snack with me this time. Of course this time it was a different terminal, one with more facilities for people meeting passengers, but I was prepared anyway.

I expected to collect a taciturn jet-lagged zombie. In fact G was wide awake and very perky. Yes, he was jet-lagged, but to him it felt like morning rather than 10 o'clock at night. As we drove home, he got more awake as I got sleepier. He's slowly readjusting to UK time, but he came home early from work in order to sleep. Judging by how long it takes him to recover from a trip to America, it will be a while before he's fully on UK time again.

He had a great time though. Very intensive, naturally, as he was giving papers at two conferences, one in Beijing and one in Guangzhou. There are also tentative plans for further Sino-Welsh cooperation, so there might be more trips next year. We shall see...
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