Saturday, October 29, 2005

This and that

WIP: PBB Page count 38 pages, words 8.5 k = pathetic
Current Reading The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud (just nicked by my eldest who finished the Amulet of Samarkand)

I saw this on Diane's blog and so decided to borrow it. I had been envious of Kate Hardy's eye catching status checks.

PBB is going more smoothly. Although you wouldn't know it from the word count. I am starting feel like this is actually going to be good, rather than fumbling around in the dark.

Chart Envy
I am always very impressed with people who do great big charts of full of pretty colours, and outlines fo motivations etc. See Julie Cohen's blog. Rather envious as well. My planning consists of a notebook, divided into hero, heroine, plot and actual writing plus ideas in the back. I mostly tend to work from a synopsis. Once I have sent the partial in, the synopsis I work from is the one page synopsis. I also have loads of notes cluttering mydesk, generally written on the backs of envelopes. My current one reads -- an another scene A's POV. Getting ready. Then New beginning needed. A's POV reason why she in C's study.
These are not colour coded partly because my children steal all my pens. I recently bought 15 new pens, five in blue, five in black and five in red. Under pain of death, they were supposed to remain in my pen holder. As of this morning., I have 2 black, one blue (without tops) and one red with a top.
If I had to search for colour coding pens I couldn't do it.
Maybe I am not a chart person. Or a mind map person. I know how to make mind maps but don't generally bother. I also know I should plot things on a calendar and a time line. Who knows what when. I keep too much in my head. Always have And rely on one word to make me remember what I was going to write.
My chaos seems to work for me, but there again I can't help being envious.

Other news:
I get to see the consultant about my eyes on Wednesday 16 November.
My eldest is getting fed up with not being able to carve his pumpkin.Rather he can't do the intricate carving that he wants to.
The Border Collie's paw is healing. He stepped on glass when out on a run with my dh on Monday. He is supposed to be being kept off the paw, but this is a border collie, and he is very active. The bandage is covered with a sock to prevent him from worrying it.
It has been so warm that we are still harvesting courgettes much to my eldest's disgust.


Anonymous said...

My children walk off with my pens, too. I've given up. I'm just not a chart person. I write notes on every scrap of paper I can get my hands on, then throw them away and write. :)

Donna Alward said...

I tend to do character work sheets right on my computer, and make notes....although for this ms I am relying on my synopsis for keeping me on track. Problem is, I've derailed.

I'm an organized person but big charts and colour coding? Wow. Maybe if I get into working on multiple projects, or actually get my own office where I can put everything JUST where I want it.

Julie Cohen said...

I'm a visual learner, y'see, so I need to draw things. I rarely consult them after I've done them--it's the action of drawing that makes my brain work.

Keeping my fingers crossed for your eye appointment. And you've got so many great things going on right now--even enough to keep an Enthusiast happy! :-)

Sela Carsen said...

I just admire people who have some sort of Process.

And since you obviously don't have enough going on in your life -- TAG! You're it!

Three screen names that you've had:

Three things you like about yourself:

Three things you don't like about yourself:

Three parts of your heritage:

Three things that scare you:

Three of your everyday essentials:

Three things you are wearing right now:

Three of your favorite songs:

Three things you want in a relationship:

Two truths and a lie:

Three things you can't live without:

Three places you want to go on vacation:

Three things you just can't do:

Three kids names:

Three things you want to do before you die:

Three celeb crushes:

Three of your favorite musicians:

Three physical things about the opposite sex that appeals to you:

Three of your favorite hobbies:

Three things you really want to do badly right now:

Three careers you're considering/you've considered:

Three ways that you are stereotypically a boy:

Three ways that you are stereotypically a girl:

Three people that I would like to see post this meme:

Anonymous said...

I do a synopsis and brief character sketch, but nothing like Julie. (She is SCARY! And I'm a kinaesthetic learner. I just have to get on and do it.)

As for kids walking off with pens - yes, and my scissors, my pencil sharpener, my eraser, my stapler...

Glad your dog's on the mend. And am sure you will be FINE with the eye op.