Boring bits, plus MATING!

27 Apr

I was going to do a long and musing post about how the writing of my novel is going, and then I remembered that there are few things quite as boring as listening to a writer who is Great With Novel talking about the novel in question. Either it’s going good, or it’s going crappy. Most everything else is just bubbling excitement, or bleeding angst.

It’s going very well. I’m at 15,000 words, all handwritten. I’m happily averaging about 300 words a page. This says a lot for my handwriting, which has improved leaps and bounds in the past year. I use letters, for a start. It’s also typed up, because since I don’t always have access to a uniform form of writing, the novel has the first page written in a journal, pages 2-12 written on white legal paper, pages 12-20 written on yellow longer legal paper (folded up from living in my pocket) pages 20-34 are in another journal, and so on. I have this folder with more or less all the pages in it neatly, and it is the messiest folder ever. I dropped it yesterday, and it was practically a natural disaster. Thank god for page numbers.

My main character continues to surprise me, which makes me happy. I thought he’d have a beard and longish hair. Instead, he keeps shaving his entire head. He also has a penchant for knives. Very odd, and delightful.

And that’s all I’ll say. You can wake up now.

Here’s the MATING promised in the title: The secret origins of Elmo (look closely, at the end.)

Right. Off to write. Right.


7 responses to “Boring bits, plus MATING!

  1. James A. Ritchie

    April 27, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    You may not have got it from the one episode of Dog, but he, and his family, profess to be born again Christians, which is also why they carry Mace instead of handguns. So it isn’t Dr. Phil near the end, it’s Jimmy Swaggart.

  2. Rllgthunder

    April 27, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Odd. I have a beard and long hair, plus I collect knives. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Nice to hear that the WIP is whipping, Pete. I’ve got my head buried in my own right now.

  3. Pete

    April 28, 2007 at 2:54 am


    Yeah, I saw some segment in an episode where he discussed how he found Jesus. It was no less perlexing than the rest of the show. I didn’t know that was directly why they carried mace. I just figured Shooting People Down wouldn’t go well on TV (which is weird, since I watch whole movies that are mostly about that.)


    I’m picturing you like a Jeremiah Johnson figure now, which you would chuckle at, except I’m the only one who’s ever SEEN that movie.

  4. Rllgthunder

    April 28, 2007 at 11:32 am


    That movie was a big hit back in the 70’s. Hard to believe Redford is still alive. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hollywood went nuts for all sorts of ‘natural’ stuff like Grizzly Adams, Euell Gibbons, and The Legend of Billy Jack (barefoot NA fights evil establishment).

    Thank god the 70’s are dead.

  5. Pete

    April 28, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Which either means I’m not the only one who endured that movie…or you know how to use the Internet Movie Database. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The seventies were good years for me. That was my first decade I was sober and outta prison. First time in thirty years, at that point.

  6. Rllgthunder

    April 28, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    Heh…I was all ready in Little League by the time you broke out of ‘prison’, Pete.

    And, as men, we’re always trying to find a way back in. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Pete

    April 28, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Back into prison? Or back into Little League?

    Because legally, I don’t think I can hear your answer to either one of those questions.


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