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simplfying

As I mentioned in my last post here, I've decided that maintaining two active LJ accounts has gotten to be too much trouble for me. Therefore, this account is going to be largely retired as of this weekend. If you'd like to keep in touch with me, please change all friending and other pointers to my personal LJ, owlmoose. I don't plan to delete kjswritinglog completely, at least not for now, but I doubt that much will be going on here.

I'm in the process of switching all my friends links, groups, etc. as well.

Thanks!
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paine

idea eruption

I have been attacked by a surplus of ideas and seem to be working on three stories at once. The last two chapters of OMC are in progress, of course, each partially written. And then two separate epilogue pieces, one journal style and one vignette. (The idea for the vignette snuck up on me rather suddenly while driving home from work yesterday, shrouded in fog on the Bay Bridge. I spent most of the night that followed in its grip, setting down bits before I lost it.) It would seem that I have a lot of work ahead of me.

That's not even mentioning AGL 30, which is as yet completely unwritten but already brewing in the back of my head, and my plans to do a minor overhaul of the parts of AGL already written and posted. And my thoughts of upgrading and spiffing up my other LiveJournal and combining it with this one (I'm finding it complex to maintain two active LJs, and my personal journal, owlmoose, is much longer established; nothing will happen on that until the weekend at the very earliest, though, so don't change any pointers yet). Yes, it's going to be a busy weekend...
paine

update

Part Eighteen is posted.

I have a very small bit of Nineteen written, but I will hold off on any serious work there for now. I really cannot believe that this is almost finished...
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new chapter; interesting review

Seventeen is up. I've been wanting to get to this one for awhile, ever since we started plotting bits of it behind the scenes. So I'm glad to have it out there.

Over dinner tonight, a friend who has never played the games and knows literally nothing about them told me that she'd read OMC and enjoyed it. She didn't understand much of what was going on, especially in terms of backstory, but she still liked it. I suppose that's a compliment! She also read bits of the other pieces of the Quartet, mostly for context; she said that helped a lot. I guess that partially answers the question of whether OMC stands alone, something I've often wondered. Obviously it's much richer if one reads the rest of the Quartet as well, but could someone just read it and still feel that they've seen a complete story? Hmm.
paine

new chapter

Sixteen, which has been essentially done but for polishing and one key scene for days, is up.

Seventeen is also almost finished, but I will hold it for now. I can't believe how quickly we've come to the endgame...
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busy days

Thanks to an unexpected afternoon off of work (hooray for book publishers and the boondoggles they offer), Sixteen and Seventeen are both basically drafted.

Now I'm going to let them rest for a bit. Not only because I don't want to race them out before their time, but because my weekend suddenly booked itself -- it looks like a friend is coming into town at the last minute, and she will be whisking me away. (Oddly enough, this is the same friend whose visit caused my last mini-sabbatical from writing.) That's probably a good thing; the chapters can marinate in my mind, but I won't be able to get at them for tweaking. Should make for fresher editing, I hope.
paine

fifteen...

...is up.

This one was a lot more trouble than I expected it to be, but I think I hit the right notes in the end.

Sixteen and Seventeen are both already partially drafted and coming together very well, but I don't want to rush either of them. Both are much too pivotal. But maybe we're getting to the point where everything is pivotal from here on out...
paine

another update

Fourteen is posted.

I have not yet written a single word of Fifteen. Bits of Sixteen, yes. Fifteen, no. But I'm not worried; I'm sure it will come.

Edited to note that this is no longer true. I think I've found an angle, one that I think will work. I hope.
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collaborative evolution

It continually amazes me how we, the Confessional authors, pick up on threads and mutate them.

In Twelve, Ikon casually makes mention of the sole survivor of group Four, the recorder, "the one who can't stop crying." Ry picks up on that and expands on it, just a little, using him to illustrate the horrors of the broken survivors. Since the character is a recorder, and I had done nothing up to this point with the fact, mentioned way back in my Part One, that half a dozen people had come together from Luca, I make him a former co-worker of Paine's, give him a name and just a smidge of backstory, and expand on his suffering a bit more. Then Lee takes this and runs with it, dedicating almost a whole chapter to Baralai looking for a way to help him out of his stupor. An entire subplot sprang from what was essentially a throw-away the first time it was mentioned.

I'm sure there are other examples that show what an incredible thing we are doing here, but this is the one that really strikes me.
paine

more updating

Thirteen is finished and up. Amazing how productive I can be when I have a nasty cold that makes me unfit to do much more than sit in front of a computer. On such lovely summer days, too. Bleah.

Twelve and Thirteen came much more quickly and easily than Ten and Eleven. I needed to agonize much less over them. I suppose that's to be expected, given the emotional punch and importance of the earlier chapters; these last two are lighter overall, although not without their key moments.

I only have a small scene of Fourteen drafted, so that chapter may be a while in coming. Of course, I've said that before...