Wednesday, October 7, 2009

WIP Wednesday: Scraps

I was trying to sew together some stray bits and pieces, hopefully rendering something worthwhile from the fragments of my flash drive. So then, I take a walk, and WHAM!

...new ideas start smacking me around like a stubborn mackerel. (die fish, die)

Other than furiously scribbling notes and typing bulleted points, I rewrote a thrice rejected piece this week, finished a longer tale about Gary Sump, "The Great God Gary Sump", and flirted with revisions to Loathsome, Dark, and Deep. I've also made a decision regarding NaNo.

Not this year.

I know I'm going to feel "left out", but I have to do what is right for me and my writing. Peer pressure is a bitch. I don't want to be the kid on the outside looking in, steaming the window with my breath. NaNo is a great motivator. Right now, my most important WIP is trying to shake a lingering cough and land a decent night's sleep.

So I'll spend the rest of October cobbling scraps together, editing Loathsome, and plotting a novel that I won't try to finish in one month. (But I do plan on starting in November.)

I have nothing else in progress, but here's the title to my notes from last night's walk:

"The Unfortunate Persistence of Harold Francis Bechard"

(cough, cough)

12 comments:

Natalie L. Sin said...

I'm not doing NaNo either. We can swap lunches and watch the popular kids play ; ) I'll bring twinkies!

Jamie Eyberg said...

Sounds like a full plate to me. I don't blame you for not doing the NaNo thing, especially with your boundless productivity.

Aaron Polson said...

Mmmmm...tinkies...

Jamie - Right now, I just want to lose this cold. ;)

Rebecca Nazar said...

Holy stubborn mackerel, my muse is slow on the uptake, so consider yourself truly blessed being pummeled. Me and my molasses-muse will undertake NaNo. *titter*

BT said...

We don't have twinkies in Oz but I can bring beer...yeah, I'm not doing it either and don't want to sit on my own :c(

Danielle Ferries said...

You're writing though, so that's the main thing. And I love the title.

K.C. Shaw said...

Awesome about the ideas! You can cheer us Nanoites on and feel smug when we're all moaning about how much we suck and how we'll never get 50,000 words by Nov. 30 unless we type "monkeys" 50,000 times in a row. Remember the tortoise and the hare.

Aaron Polson said...

Becca - You'll have to shout, Whoa muse! before it's all over. Think acceleration.

BT - Yum. Beer and snacks.

Danielle - Thanks. Harold just won't die.

K.C. - I'm thinking of a whole series of motivational posters. ;)

Cate Gardner said...

Another one not participating in NaNo. I'll supply the chocolates - but hands off, the orange and strawberry creams are mine.

Barry Napier said...

I'm beginning to doubt my participation in NaNo this year as well. The idea is calling to me...it wants to be written NOW. And with it already being totally mapped out, I think I should listen to it. I don't know if I can wait until November.

Aaron Polson said...

Cate - I'll take any with coconut. I know how divisive it can be (love/hate).

Barry - I think you should always listen to the voices. ;)

katey said...

Yeah, sometimes you gotta just say no to Nano, for the sake of your own sanity and those around you.

I really, really love that title. Dude.