Bad Food and Outlines

This Sunday I met with my writers group at Denny’s as per normal.

I was completely starving.  I don’t normally grab a full meal there, this time I did, and I think that it might have been the reason for my horrible stomach aches that night.  I tried to sleep through it but I just kept waking up every couple of hours.  The stomach still hurt and the sleep was not restful.

I tried to just keep drinking water and eating what I could, it took half of the day but it worked. Around 11 o’clock I fell asleep on the couch and didn’t wake up until now.  Feeling much more rested and with much less ache.

Before this whole tummy ache was the meeting, which was particularly helpful in my upcoming NNWM plot!  Everyone gave tons of suggestions for my novel.  At this point I think I have to pick what to not include!  I should also put together some character related documents.  Mainly because while I have about seven important people in my novel I don’t know much of anything about the rest of my cast.  I would like to have these seven people fleshed out and have seven less important characters fleshed out as well by the time I start writing in November.

An idea to have a theme for each day that I post has been rustling around in my head.  Something to the effect of: Goal Setting/Review Monday’s, Writing Wednesdays, and Final Thought Fridays.  Or maybe ‘Finally, a character! Fridays.’ I suspect I’ll try it out and see if it helps guide me to post more with higher quality.


Writing Goals

Last weekend I finished the first draft of Space Cats!  Its going to get thrown into a drawer for a while until I’m ready to edit it. Until then there are a couple other things to work on.

Primary goal: Finish editing Zee.
Goal date: 10/31

Secondary goal: Finish outline on Moon Murder.
Goal date: 9/30

Murder She Wrote

There are three major writing projects going on at the moment.  You can expect many updates on these in upcoming posts.

1) Zee has a finished first draft.  It is in the editing stages.  Major editing stages.  It’s missing huge sections, some minor plots were completely dropped in the middle, the side characters are a bit flat, etc.  But the first draft is done and the editing is going. Slowly.  You know at one point in my life I thought that editing was a lot of fun? That was also the time when I would spend days on one page.  Perfection is the enemy of production.

2) Jewel Stealing Space Cats just got a full outline half way through writing! Hurrah! I threw out 10k words, wrote 10k new words, and wrote the outline.  Gotta finish the first draft.  Bonus: the outline is reasonable so the draft should not contain the huge missing sections that Zee does. Progress!

3) Murder Mystery.  I’m not sure what the title is, or even what the name of the main character is.  I’ve been actively plotting this for a week with tons of progress being made.  I can already tell that it’s going to be a better novel than Zee or JSSC.  (Both of those stories have potential. They just need large amounts of editing.)  The one sentence blurb is:

“A hard boiled female detective must solve the first mystery on the moon colonies.”

Would you read that book?

London Highlights

Top Five Highlights of My Trip to London

1) Seeing Titus Andronicus at The Globe with my best friend V.  The actors were amazing and the feel of that theater makes everything seem real.  I highly recommend going to see any plays that are going on while you are visiting.  It’s completely worth while.  Don’t forget that you can bring your own booze, or buy some there.

2) Seeing Star Trek into Darkness with 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall.  The movie is amazing. The orchestra is amazing. The location is amazing.  The whole experience was amazing.  It was the reason that we all went to London and let me say, it was well worth it.

3) All of the amazing food!  I had crepe’s three different days because they were that good.  We went to a fancy restaurant where M splurged on all sorts of food, of which I ate my fair portion. M also introduced me to port which is absolutely amazing.  I am so glad that I have it in my life now.  Talk about a life luxury.  There was a meat pie.  Tons of different kinds of chutney.  Fish fries.  High royal tea.  All in all absolutely fantastic.

4) Top Gear Experience.  technically this was in Beaulieu but it was a part of my trip and a huge highlight.  I love Top Gear.  It’s one of the only shows that I watch within a day or two of its release.  Being able to see all the cars that they have driven throughout the years was fantastic.  Well worth the money.  (And I’m sure that my friends who went to see the Dr. Who thinger in Cardiff would say the same thing about their venture.)

5) Science Museum Lates.  We lucked into this experience.  A friend of mine from high school is going to University in London for her masters in science communication.  Knowing about my science interests and my trip she mentioned that the science museum has a special late night once a month.  We happened to be in town at the right time and went there.  It was amazing.  I loved it.  The theme was Make. Hack. Do.  They had a special feature on making objects using 3D printers.  I got to use a 3D doodle pen to make a flower.  I didn’t even know such a thing existed!  There was screen printing, dancing, trivia night, bars where one could buy beer in every room.  If I lived in London I would go to every Lates event.

For those planning their own London trip I cannot recommend The London Pass more highly.  Not only does it provide fast tracks and free audio tours at a number of exceptional attractions you can get a travel pass with it.  The travel pass allows unlimited use of the subway and the buses.  It saved our group a lot of stress not having to worry about the most efficient/cheapest way to get to our destination.  If we got on the wrong tube then we just took another one, it wasn’t an issue.  Plus with how much we used the tube to get around I’m sure that we all got our money’s worth out of it.   It helped make this trip both fun and stress free!