A lot of strangeness this morning–starting off with waking up at 3:30 AM, laying in bed for ninety minutes before deciding that I needed to get up and do something. Said something involved finishing up a scene I sort of stumbled through last night, which I mean with all sincerity, because I didn’t have my head in the story last night. Some of it had to do with watching TCM last night while I made my way through some five hundred words of conversation between Annie and a fellow student from Lesotho, but the truth remains I’ve been tired most of this week, and writing at home is boring the hell out of me.
It’s nice to have a routine. Writing is my routine; has been for a while. But the last year, most of which has been spent in hotel rooms and a small apartment, have taken their toll. I’m finding that changing things up a little here and these gives me more productivity, and that’s something I require at this point, because five hundred or so words a night ain’t cutting it. Time has come to rev things up.
Really, though, it’s not usual. Whenever you spend a lot of time working on the same project, doing the same thing over and over, in the same place and location for months, it seems natural that you’ll find a little burnout creeping in from around the bend. Now if I was only like George R. R. Martin and I could take five or six or seven years to write a novel.
That would assume I’m making money from my novels, first . . .
But I wrote this morning. I managed almost six hundred words this morning, because when there isn’t anything on television to pull you away, and no one on the Internet to distract you, it’s easy to get things done. I might even be able to snap out another five or six hundred words later today, or maybe even a thousand. You can’t tell, can you?
Here’s the last part of a three-way conversation between Annie, Nagesa Okoro–the aforementioned student from Lesotho who has two friends out flying the same patrol as Kerry and Emma are flying–and Lisa, she of the Bad Attitude and the Magical Ownage during Sorcery class. Needless to say, Lisa’s trying to break bad on Annie, and Annie is not digging it in the least . . .
(All excerpts, this page, from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, by Cassidy Frazee)
“I’m surprised you’re not out with Kerry.” Lisa looked over her right shoulder. ‘Then again, he’s gotta flyin’ partner—” She turned back to Annie. “Ain’t he?”
Annie slowed her breathing so as not to lose her temper. “Emma’s with him, yes. They volunteered together.”
“An ahm sure they’re havin’ a great time.” Lisa rubbed her hands together slowly. “Is that why you’re doin’ triage? ‘Cause if anythin’ happens, you’ll be here when he’s brought in?” The smirk returned as she looked around the Rotunda. “Those guys flyin’ around by the wall, they’re gonna be the first to get hit if there’s trouble—”
Nagesa laid a hand on Annie’s; she sensed the girl was about to explode. She turned on Lisa. “You are not helping with this talk; you are trying to upset us.” She twitched her head to the left. “You should rest—this may be a long day.”
For a moment Lisa didn’t appearer willing to take Nagesa’s advice, then shrugged. “Yeah, you’re probably right.” She waved at Annie. “See ya ‘round.”
Annie waited for Lisa to head up the stairs to the First Floor before speaking. “Thank you.”
Nagesa removed her hand from Annie’s. “I sensed you were about to say things that would have resulted in an argument—”
“Or worse.” Annie set her hands in her lap.
“Or worse.” Nagesa rocked her knees back and forth. “We do not need that sort of negativity here. We need to stay focused on our duty.”
“I agree.” Annie sat quietly for nearly thirty second, her mind swirling around Lisa’s comments. “Are you here because of your friends?”
“No—and yes.” Nagesa slightly turned her head so she could look at Annie as she spoke. “I am here to help anyone needing help. And were my friends brought in, I could help them as well.”
“What . . .” Annie didn’t want to ask the question, but found she must. “What if you can’t help them?”
“Then I would have the chance to say goodbye.” Nagesa patted Annie’s hands. “Don’t worry: your boyfriend will return safe. Professor Salomon would not have allowed him to fly with the patrol if she didn’t feel he could make the right choices when necessary.”
Annie squeezed Nagesa’s hand briefly before looking up through the skylight. “I’m not worried about him . . .”
Of course you aren’t, Annie. You’re worried about someone else, aren’t you?
And speaking of Kerry and that girl . . .