If you’ve come hoping to find more racing today, hope for more tomorrow. Something happened to me last night known as “getting way, way sidetracked,” and I only managed a few hundred more words beyond the last two hundred and forty you saw after the confused witch picture. It’s something that happens, right?
You know it does.
But this gets me thinking, as I have been the last few days while there’s a lot of down time due to Elsa not letting it go on the east coast. And I’m thinking, I need to get to time lining again. Why, you ask? Because I have major things that exist only in my head, but not down on “the line”, so to speak.
If I should say so myself, my time lines are a bit famous, but more importantly they’ve helped me stay on track with my stories. Since I’m aware of when the big changes in my kid’s lives are coming, I can set up the story to meet those points and write into and past them. For the most part I do know everything–
And sometimes I have to set up stuff in the past just so I can write about it at some point in the gigantic novels . . .
Of late I’ve been thinking about four events that happen in my kid’s future, and other than a “notion” of what needs to be written due to things like maps and notes scribbled here and there, I have no real layout for those events. Three need to be laid out with a certain amount of precision due to them happening over a short period of time, and the other one . . . well, it’s done more just for fun only because it marks a fun event in Annie’s and Kerry’s life, and I want to get it, you know, right.
There is another however that’s a whole lot different in that is sort of falls out of the purvey of these time lines of which I speak, only because it sort of exists, but doesn’t. Call it Schrödinger’s Timeline: it exists and doesn’t, both at the same time, and they are only real only in how you look at them.
Putting these today help me stretch my imagination, which at this point could use a little stretching. I ran into this when working on the last novel: you spend so much time immersed in this one story that you don’t have time for others, and given that you know what’s coming, it sort of shuts down the brain a little to keep it from working the way it should. In short, unless you have something else working on your brain while you’re working the brain, the brain starts to get stunted by all the single-mindedness going on. Which is probably why you find your job so boring: it’s the same thing over and over, and the brain just gives up after a while.
I’m likely going to start working on this stuff over the next few weeks as I do my best to bring this current chapter to an end. The results of my mind exercises won’t be seen for a while–
At least not by you guys.