So, July Camp NaNo has come and gone. And in order to “win,” I actually had to scale down my goal from 60 minutes of writing a day to 45 minutes of writing a day. And it was still really close; I only finished on the last day (though I only had ten minutes left at that point, because I’d had a real burst the day before). I didn’t finish the main project I ended up working on most of the month, but since that project wasn’t the point of the month, I don’t consider that part a failure.
I’ve continued working on that project a bit, but I’ve gotten to a point where it’s feeling kind of boring, which is odd, considering that the next thing to happen is that a time-traveling humanoid alien woman is going to save several hundred thousand bug-like-but-very-sweet alien beings from being killed by an asteroid and then is going to take them to an uninhabited planet off in the depths of space where they can live out their lives in blissful happiness watched over by a computer that used to be the size of a building but is now in a new, mobile shell built out of spare tin dog parts. I mean, that sounds like it could be really exciting, but…it’s such a minor part of the denouement of the story that it’s probably going to be summed up in a few paragraphs. And even there it’s like “how do I make this not boring?”
This is, of course, why I don’t usually write stories on that kind of grand scale. My brain does not process them correctly to know how to tell them without making them mind-bogglingly boring.
On the other hand, I had something huge hit me yesterday. I was just sitting there and this really rather awful story hit me in the face (well, an awful start to a story, involving many innocent people dying for no reason) and I ended up spending most of the morning writing it down, and today I came up with how to tie it in with another story I’ve been planning, so I feel like maybe July really did serve its purpose, and maybe my writing brain is starting to rouse itself from its unnatural slumber.
Now if only the weather would cool off enough that I could find a good position to write in that wouldn’t be uncomfortable due to the excessive heat. 😦
Yeah, I feel like I should be saying something more than this, but I just had an emergency tooth extraction this morning (Tuesday, as I’m pre-writing this, like usual), so I’m a little out of it. (Not a big deal, actually. It’s just I was having pain in a tooth I’d already had a root canal on, and what little of the tooth was left had split and was splitting further every time I chewed with it, and it just had to go. Fortunately, it was the upper back molar, so it’s not entirely necessary. Except that now I have a hole back there slowly oozing blood and I can’t eat solid food for 2-3 days. Plus…well, other stuff. It’s just not been a good day. Let’s say that and leave it at that.)