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Night Shift Blues

Only 2 pages yesterday. The night shift I work one day a week really throws me off my routine. Then Melissa needed the computer last night for some school project stuff. So while I wasn't ... comfortable with not spending 3-4 hours last night from 8 to midnight writing I made the best of it.

I've a minimum of 65 pages left if my projections are right. And 5 days in which to write them. The epilogue will throw things off. I do have Friday off, so I'll have a whole day to knock out pages.

As I was thinking about the book and the deadline last night I realized that book timeline is right around the first week in April. In fact, it runs from April 4 through April 8-9, with most of the events in the last three to four days. (The events on April 9 happen during the time from midnight to sunrise.) Even more reason to finish before the sun rises the Monday after Easter. :-)


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Apr. 4th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
It's kind of cool that you are writing along with the timeline of your book.

I've read books and found that I'm reading them in the timeline that they happen. That is often a bit of pause for a moment of weird.

Hang in there. You're doing just fine.
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Synchronicity is nice. I seem to start novels in October and finish them in April.

The first novel I wrote actually had a timeline that spanned three days and, as I noted previously, I finished it on Easter Sunday. I tweaked to the coincidence of a three-day timeline and a completion on Easter Sunday back then. Wasn't consciously trying for a parallel timeline here. Just happened. American soldiers were only starting to appear in greater numbers on the Front in the spring of 1918, and the two major German campaigns terminated on April 4 and commenced on April 9. That just seemed like the right window for some of the character movements, so that's where things ended up. Once I got started, the story just took on its own life and the dates didn't matter.

I'm only tweaking to the synchronicity again now because my brain's wired for those types of threads. It all just means I'm supposed to finish the book now.

Of course, I still think I can't plot my way out of a paper bag, which is why I signed up for the Tim Powers plotting workshop at Context in September. But I think there's hope for me. ;-)
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