On Tuesday, I paused to copy and paste all I said on the Passive Voice blog (where the comment threads are extremely interesting) so I could get a word count on it. I wrote 5000 words! Just in the comments on that one blog. (Same day I wrote 1480 words of new fiction.)
That explains where a lot of energy is going. (It IS a great blog for comment discussions, though.)
The good news is, I saved the comments which I copied out, and I have some great raw material for blog posts when I get back to regular posting this fall. (Or for guest posts.)
A Round of Words in 80 Days update:
Sunday Day 56 - 636 words. I screwed around a lot today. (Had fun going to see Men In Black 3, though.) But I finished the banner for Episode 7 of The Misplaced Hero, and then finished up the prose.
Monday Day 57 -540 words. I did a lot of backstory work, and also prepped the next episode. (Gotta do the art yet.) I didn't do a lot of writing, but what I wrote was "cherse" as Spencer Tracy says.
I also watched Rear Window, which was technically research. (At the beginning of The Man Who Stepped Up, Karla has a "Hitchcock moment" when she sees something happen off in the distance, from the top of some school playground equipment.) I am acquiring a list of movies for Karla to reference already. She has already given George advice from Parapluies de Cherbourg, and I think I have a clue detail from Day of the Jackal, (though not one that is at all obvious -- it will trigger Karla, though). I'll probably be watching Dr. Strangelove and In The Heat of the Night this week. I might watch On The Waterfront, even though I'm not a big fan of Elia Kazan. I have the feeling there will be some resonance there, so Karla can find some Rod Steiger connections that nobody else can understand.
Tuesday Day 58 -1484 words. Started with a nice session where I wrote the meat of a couple of upcoming episodes. Then I did a little more with The Man Who Stepped Up. I wrote the opening pages, actually, which are a little rough yet, but I finally figured out how to introduce Karla again. The situation isn't conducive to her movie mania, but it is conducive to a display of her in depth knowledge of jokes and humor. It also does a hint-intro for George, who will not enter for at least another chapter.
All that commenting I did on Passive Voice is clearly why I didn't do the artwork for the next episode yet. (Deadlines, though, are a wonderful thing.)
See you in the funny papers.