Here we are, or am I, at least, with a good night sleep inside the elastic waist of my pajama bottoms. I took something that wasn’t actually drug based, and though I was up at one AM for a minor inconvenience, and I finally started coming awake at five forty-five, I sleep without much disturbance. Lets go for two tonight, because I feel a lot better than the Zombieland creation I was yesterday.
Even though I was out of it, I got stuff done. I have a program to finish today that’s probably going to top me out at about a thousand lines of code when I finally look at it and thing, “Yeah, that’s it.” I’ve chapters to edit tonight and tomorrow. I looked at one apartment, and will see another today, in preparation to move into something semi-permanent here in The Burg. (Which is what Paul Verhoeven would tell the cast of Starship Troopers when he was trying to get reaction shots from them: “Look at me, Imma Burg! A Burg! Shoot me, shoot me!” Such fun.)
There was also brainstorming on a story, on some characters, and I felt good when it was all over because I feel like I’m finally getting some focus on someone that I’ve needed for some time. I have to thank my next Scapple beta program, because laying out my ideas on a screen, and playing “connect the dots” with them, came in very handy.
I never thought I was the sort of person who was that visual. I can still see a lot of things in my mind, and use that to write my story. These days, however, with the tools one has available for the computer–as I pointed out last week–it’s so much easier to actually make the things in your story come alive, to make them nearly living things with a physical presence.
That’s what mind mapping did for this character. I started building up ideas, relationships to other people, ideas of what sort of influence those other people had over the character . . . and it started to become clear. The whole rain is clearing, I can see clearly now thing actually began happening. It was a good feeling to know that after months of hand wringing and doubt, you now had a character that you were finally able to “get”. Sort of, but getting there.
I passed off a pdf of my mapping to another person, one who knows this character better than me, and she told me, “You’re getting it. She’s coming into focus.” Yes, that’s what I needed to hear. Because you always want to know you’re on the right track, and that your ideas are maybe working. It’s the sort of affirmation one needs after a long, sleepy day.
There is a lot to do this weekend. I have mapping, I have editing, I have other things on tap. I have decisions to make about The Burg. But it’s all good stuff.
Maybe one of these days I’ll travel down to the real Undisclosed Location and think about where I am now.