February 15th, 2007

A Pocket Full of Murder

Various Kinds of No Fun

Since mid-January I have had two major illnesses -- one 24-hour bout that left me weak for days afterward, followed closely by the Flu O'Doom, which I am just now getting over two weeks later. I am tired of being tired, and sick of being sick, and generally ready to stop coughing now, thanks. And unsurprisingly, all this has put a crimp in my First Draft in 30 Days plans, leaving me stuck somewhere in the middle of Days 7-13 (Research).

I must confess, too, that this is one of my least favorite phases of Wiesner's outlining process. There are things in this section which bore me to fiery tears -- fact sheets ("there are twelve patrol officers in the precinct") and timelines and such. She also suggests making a list of your various characters' dialogue quirks, which is giving me flashbacks to Redwall with all the accents spelled out phonetically (noooooo), or Fflewddur Fflam saying "Great Belin!" every six paragraphs throughout the entire Chronicles of Prydain.

So I am cheating on Wiesner with Randy Ingermanson at the moment, and trying to decide which method I really want to go steady with. But since I haven't actually done anything new for about two and a half weeks, I should probably, y'know, make some forward progress first.

There is an outstanding problem with Indigo, however. It involves an Evil Conspiracy on the part of all my characters to drive me insane. Collapse )

However, my new objective is to take a page from novel_in_90 and churn out 750 words of something every day, whether it's plot notes or character interviews or (gasp!) actual writing. So I think I'll go and do that now.
A Pocket Full of Murder

Any Potterhead Logo Designers Out There?

I've had a request from one of the people involved in the next Accio conference in the UK to design a new logo for them, since TPTB have been balking at the one they used for the previous conference. I can't take on the project myself -- I've got enough on my plate right now already -- but I told her I'd post a heads-up on my LJ.

Anyone interested in exercising their mad graphic design skillz for eternal fame and glory, or at least the profound gratitude of the conference organizers?