MOPNoWriMo Day 12: Oh Dear (10/2/2012)

Day twelve: Target wordcount: 60000. Words written: 57200

Two difficult scenes with all four major characters making choices that very much define who they are today. I like the way it’s turned out, but I also spent four hours out of my available six finding all sorts of things to do that seemed like fine and worthy activities and conveniently meant I didn’t have to face these particular scenes for that little bit longer. Procrastination. It gets every one at some point or another. Still, they’re done now. Being behind on the word count doesn’t trouble me too much, since the weekend was nominally a couple of holiday days. Not any more.

Still no Skyrim. Did watch an amusing little lecture on shapeshifting dinosaurs though, and a chunk of the day was spent quite profitably fleshing out some ideas for a couple of other stories. I do find it useful to have more than one thing on the go at the same time. Up to a couple of days ago, I’ve also been doing copy-edits for The Black Mausoleum and I find something like that makes a good break. It’s quite a different discipline (I read the MS aloud to myself while being molested by cats and either accepting or rejecting all the copy-edit changes and perhaps making a few additional ones myself). It’s something of a sword with two edges – on the one hand I find it a good way to take a break without getting sucked away from the whole writing mojo. On the other hand, it’s another excuse for procrastination. I find it generally it works for me to have more then one thing on the go at once. For others, I have no doubt, it doesn’t work at all.

Anyway, some useful work on Michaela’s ravens occurred and then later we accidentally outlined a Victorian murder mystery with a paranormal undertow. I shall endeavour to catch up while on “holiday” over the next couple of days.


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