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Drowning Kings and other things

So, writing happened. Still not a 1000 words, but my right wrist is very painful today, and I need to stop typing and go and do something else. (This was going to be ironing, but with it being the right wrist, that isn't so clever either. Shall think of something.)
Back on The Drowning Kings today. It's in that awkward middle stage, where I know what needs to happen next, but first I have to get the characters through the talk-about-current-issue-and-travel stage. Which is dull and book-slowing. The talking has to happen, and I probably need a scene or two on the journey, but in order not to be even less pacey that it already is, what's really needed is getting to the next location. I suspect I'd do the 'what about the women' scene and then jump to 'N weeks later' in the next chapter.
Which will be Tintagel, by the way. This is an International Bl**dy Celtic book. (Dyfed and Cornwall were two separate kingdoms at this time, therefore...) Here's a short

'He had spent most of his time in the warband avoiding attention. All that was gone to nothing over the last few days. He might as well have arrived yipping and waving his spear over his head. Hyfaidd had marked him, and his life would never be the same again. The thought spoiled his appetite, which hadn’t been big to begin with. With a sigh, he pushed his bowl away. Gif nudged his knee optimistically. He broke off a piece of bread, dipped it in his uneaten porridge, and gave it to her.'

In other news, Horus is scared of the cat flap today, because it's flapping and banging in the wind. I was good and went to the gym and gerbiled (and over-strained my right wrist, stupid marquise).
I remain deeply underwhelmed at the plans of our new masters regarding welfare, work and community indentured labour service.

Skirt of the day: long purple silky (with red crinkle doing petticoat duty underneath. It's cold here today)

Comments

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woolymonkey
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of being in a warband avoiding attention (and the image of the opposite). It makes sense but it's just so not Hollywood Celtic Warrior.

Would it be a silly idea to go write the next exciting bit, then come back an fill in once you're back on a roll?
la_marquise_de_
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
I have to write in order, or I get tangled, sadly. I envy those who can do that jumping ahead thing.
the_faery_queen
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
me too! if i write out of order i can't connect things properly and it loses the flow.
stillsostrange
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
but first I have to get the characters through the talk-about-current-issue-and-travel stage

We are sisters in affliction.
la_marquise_de_
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Possibly it's time to introduce more mud?
stillsostrange
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm lacking in mud, but I have an awful lot of sand.
la_marquise_de_
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Sand is just as miring as mud. (I have Experience.)
saare_snowqueen
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your book has finally got to Tintagel. I loved it there.

You should think about getting a properly fitting wrist ban - not too loose, not too tight. I have been struggling with chronic pain in my left wrist and hand for six months - three days with the band and the pain is almost gone.
la_marquise_de_
Nov. 11th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
I have had those in the past, but they tend not to work on me, sadly. It's a congenital thing: it'll settle down again in a day or two.
saare_snowqueen
Nov. 12th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
That's too bad. My arthritis is old-age related, the result of living a too-vigorous life, so it can still be somewhat ameliorated.
Hope you feel better soon.
sartorias
Nov. 11th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Tintagel! Ahhh.
la_marquise_de_
Nov. 11th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
I was there last year, and it just sort of fitted with some other stuff I already had plotted.
philbradley
Nov. 11th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
I have started using Dragon Dictating software. I tried it years ago and it was pants. It's now extraordinarily accurate. I'm using it more and more often to dictate allsorts - writing, blog posts, tweets and so on. Of course, if you work by actually typing and letting the story flow from your fingers, this will not work. However it might be worth considering for the other writing that you do.
la_marquise_de_
Nov. 11th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
I do have that, in fact, and I do use it from time to time. But I'd let the battery get flat, so it wasn't an option today. It's a wonderful thing.
philbradley
Nov. 11th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
I suspect we may be talking about slightly different things.. this is a software package that is now on my main computer. Amazon, about £60 or thereabouts. Comes complete with headphone/microphone combo. I read to it for about 4 minutes, let it 'read' my documents and teach it every now and then quickly and easily. Really impressed.
la_marquise_de_
Nov. 11th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
No, that's what I have. But my headphone is wireless, because I pace, and the battery is flat.
philbradley
Nov. 11th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, I understand. I have not tried pacing. I believe that must be something akin to 'exercise' and consequently must be avoided at all costs. The only exercise I like doing is 'slumping'. I am a very good slumper. :)
la_marquise_de_
Nov. 11th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
I believe really expert slumpers can hold the same pose for many, many hours.
saare_snowqueen
Nov. 12th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
Maybe we should ask to have an international slumpers event in the next Olympics - they are in London after all.
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