If I'm going to start doing this as a daily check in, I have no idea how I'm going to title my posts. Am I going to have a different kind of title on the days I have something interesting to say, than I do on the days I'm just reporting? Should I do it like Dean Wesley Smith is doing with his Writing In Public posts -- and simply post a separate post for updates and for other things, even if it means posting several times in a day?
I don't know. I'm making this up as I go along.
Today - Resetting Timers
I finally started to get back to my routine. Max and I walked. I did some house and health related stuff, and then I settled down to my computer.
One problem I have when things get off balance is with decision making. So I have a method for that. I have a list of ongoing current projects, and the items are numbered. I use Random.org to choose a number and I work on that for 15 minutes. I have a timer on my computer.
And then I spend the next 15 minutes getting organized and working on that list and prioritizing.
Most people do the organizing their day first, I don't because it's easy to get caught up in that. If I do something useful first -- something that actually gets real work done -- then I am eager to get past the organizing. I'm weird that way, but it works. Any day I don't get much done, it's because I did the organizing stuff first.
The tasks I did today were:
*Brainstorming on the layers of the mystery for The Man Who Stepped Up.
I have a lot of backstory, etc. for this novel, but it's all kind of scattered and equal. A mystery really needs to be structured around peeling back layers. You don't have to have it all ahead of time, but you need certain key things, and I just don't have them yet. I find that figuring out, generally, four layers of action -- four different directions for our detectives to investigate -- helps me nail those key questions. Also, it helps me see if I'm getting stuck on an idea that goes no where. Today's question is: is the person being shot at in the opening who I think it is? It makes for a great first act revelation when we find out it's a certain person, but is that good for the whole story? Or is that just a cool end to the first act?
It has a pulpy, conspiratorial look to it. But the effectiveness will depend on the final colors and what is in the background.
*Stone-Cold Dead At The Trading Post
I only did about 500 words on that tonight, but I'm glad to get back into the swing on that story. I think the key to making it work is the relationship between Mick and Casey. Casey is off-screen for most of the story, but her presence in Mick's awareness is important.
And, actually, tonight's bit was a little interaction between them, where she kind of sets him on the right course, both letting him know she is expecting a lot, but also making a gesture of confidence in hm.
*Reformatting The Misplaced Hero
I'm going, slowly, through all of my existing books and reformatting them in html. In some cases, I'm actually doing a read-through and looking for typos. I'm doing a little minor line editing on this one. Mostly for clarity and voice. I figure this might inspire me to get more done on The Misplace Baroness.
Otherwise, I spent too much time blogging and on the internet. Tomorrow I intend to focus more directly on Stone-Cold. I won't be publishing it next week as I hoped, but I would like to get it done, by next Friday, and maybe even published by the end of the month.
See you in the funny papers.