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Acts of the Madness

Back home it’s Indiana Blizzard Time:  here isn’t cold, but nothing near that bad.  Tomorrow, though, we get wind chill out the butt, so that’ll make the walk into work all the more interesting.  Though back home it’ll drop to twenty below zero, so I’m not complaining.

So Nice, So Neat.

So Nice, So Neat.

Home stretch time on the novel.  Not only did I whip out one scene last night–short and sweet, just under thirteen hundred words that sets up what’s coming next–but I also organized my novel into what I feel is the final format.  In the picture I’ve placed here for all to see, I’m showing what the current act looks like, with parts and chapters and scenes laid out in Scrivener Outline Mode, but looking in the binder to the left one can see the other parts laid out in the other acts.  Yep, she’s looking good.  I even managed to get everything named the way it should be named.

I’ve had more issues getting this thing laid out and sections named than I’ve had with any other book, but then, I’ve never written anything this big and complicated before in one sitting.  When I look at the other acts and realize there’s probably a quarter of a million more words waiting to get written, this is a long-term project, and may end up being the only original material I write this year.

What did I write about last night?  The Midnight Madness.  What is that, you say?  At my school, every Friday and Saturday night the school lets all the students who want to join come to the main dining area and hang out with their fellow classmates.  The one main requirement is that they have to come in appropriate sleepwear.  Once there they sit around and play games, read, have snacks and refreshments, or just spend the night talking with friends until sometime after midnight.

It’s a school-approved pajama party, and everyone’s invited.

Does this mean that some couples are off in shadowed corners locking lips and sucking face?  They’re teenagers:  what do you think?

When you think about it, when you have a few hundred advanced and intelligent kids locked up in one spot, and all of them are either witches, gifted (they got crazy mutant powers, yo), or budding mad scientists, you gotta give them the chance to get out of their coven towers and relax.  And some of these kids occupy all three spots on that Vern Diagram, which means they’re really burning the candle at three ends, and they probably need to drink fluids, munch on sandwiches and pastries, and play a few card games to unwind.

Only when you’re losing a game of Magic at Salem, you flip that table with your mind.

There you have it.  Kids unwinding, author unwinding.  Lucky for them their weekend is just starting, and I’m having to get back into the week.  At least it’s not twenty below zero outside, but rather a tolerable cold.

Makes the walk to work feel like less of an impending doom.

29 thoughts on “Acts of the Madness

  1. I can’t wait to get scrivener.
    You inspire me to get back to work editing my damn project. God, it’s so hard to ADD scenes during editing proces, so much more than deleting!

    • I’ve been adding and changing things around as I go with this story. There are several places where I just clip in a card and start writing. Just the other night I moved a couple of scenes around when I realized where they should go within my time line.

      • I’ve started totally outlining everything before I start. Obviously, I’m flexible with it and will change stuff that doesn’t work, but it just leaves so much more space for the creativity while writing. I mean, I can actually focus on the characters, setting and phrasing instead of “uh … where are we going?” XD
        I can’t edit while I go. I fast draft and then edit.

        • I do my edits after I’m finished with my first draft, but I tend to edit as I go along as well. I might only do 500 words an hour, but they’re good words, and most of the time I’m happy with what was said.

          I also like, in Scrivener, that I can just add cards onto a scene if I’m breaking up action within a particular area. Early in my story I had everyone flying to the US on a 747, and just added scenes to the first one, whenever I wanted to alter the point of view.

          • I’m looking forward to using scrivener for my next project, just around the corner. *Yay*
            I don’t edit at all so sometimes I reach 2000 words an hour, which is insane. But I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I know exactly where I’m going and the motivations of everyone. If I stop to make every sentence sound nice I totally crash my own roll, so I have a lot of respect for you that you can keep going with that method xD

          • I’m pretty much in the same boat of knowing where I’m going with all my characters–this novel has really been about a year in the thinking, so I’ve got it down pat. Since I only have a few hours a night to write, I try to make it as clean as possible so I don’t waste anything.

          • I have the ideal writing situation – I can spend all day writing. At least when I’m not working, but it’s a very flexible job that doesn’t require a lot of thought proces. I’m dreading starting at the university after the summer!

          • I used to have that back when I wasn’t working. These days I blog in the morning, work, come home and relax a little, then write for a few hours at night. It seems like I’m always working.

          • Haha, I know the feeling. I think it’s a good idea to part blogging and writing. They use very different sides of the brain, I think. Sometimes I like to do a bit of research for my posts as well, though I’m in a slack lately. Doh.
            What’s your work? 🙂

          • Wow, that’s damn cool! 😀 Can a noobie with no knowledge whatsoever (except my brother is a computer scientist, so I’ve heard some over the dinner table) ask what you code?

          • I’m not a computer scientist; all my stuff has been in the business field. What I have coded is RPG (for IBM systems), a little Fortran and Assembler, some COBOL, some Lansa, some Java, some PHP, and a bit of C#.Net. I also know HTML and Cascading Style Sheets, with a touch of Javascript thrown in for good measure.

          • What kind of programs do you do? Is it kind of freelance? 🙂
            I’ve always wanted to be able to do a bit of coding myself. Do you have any advice on where to start?

          • Right now I work as a consultant in business for myself, which isn’t all that it’s made out to be, but it pays the bills. Most of what I program are simple programs designed to help user do their job: at the moment I’m working for the State of PA in their malpractice insurance department, creating programs to help them process claims.

  2. Oh! Oh! Oh! you use Scrivener? I so so SO need to learn to use it. I have it, but it looks so daunting every time I open it, that I just go back to my manuscript on Word, which I HATE, and wish I had another brain for learning things that I know would be useful to my book-in-progress. And good on ye’ for getting your book in order!

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