I got together with a few friends on Thursday night to see The Lovely Bones. As these friends are the ones I most often do my best complaining about my novel and particularly my troublesome characters to, there was talk of the Shitty First Draft.Which is not nearly as shitty as a great deal of … Continue reading A Read Down Memory Lane
On January 31, 2010 (only 10 or so days behind my arbitrary "oh, I'd like to finish this before I'm 24" deadline), the first draft of My Last Request (officially and affectionately known as the Shitty First Soul Swapping Draft) was finished. Official stats:26 chapters259 pages68, 427 wordsThank you all for your indulgence, advice, swift … Continue reading Shitty First Draft: done!
So this is a question I thought of while on the phone bitching about the not-yet-finished first draft to Sunny (thank you for listening, by the way. I really appreciate it.)How do I make a character--a major character--seem more real and redeeming when the story I'm writing has constraints--namely the first person narration?And a more … Continue reading Questions, Questions
Inventory night began at 10 pm on 1/12--a Tuesday night. I started out recounting rods in Junior's Dresses that had already been counted (literally, counting dresses). Then I was put on reticketing. Reticketing is this, basically: price tags fall off. During inventory, new tickets have to be put back on. The information and price is … Continue reading Inventory: 12 hours, no stopping
I hate math. No, really, I despise it. I know why it's necessary and all, but excuse the petulant child in me who didn't understand the purpose of subtraction. Or the one who didn't get what teacher meant by "1/2 is part of a number" because, well, didn't she just write a 1 and a … Continue reading I wanted to be a writer so I could avoid charts