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This is not a good ratio.

Minutes awake so far today: 600

Minutes spent sitting in front of the computer with the intent of writing:  270

Words written: 691

This is not a good ratio.

On the up side, I also went for a bike ride and took a shower, and I started reading From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy, which is my critical text for the term.  I like the authors already, and am really looking forward to getting into the meat of their book.


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I’ve come to the conclusion that the scene I’ve tried to get through or, perhaps more aptly, get past all month just isn’t going to cooperate. I’ve been reluctant to declare it a temporary lost cause because it’s an important scene, and it needs to be shown.  I haven’t changed my mind about that, but I’m so tired of smashing my head against a brick wall that I’m just going to go around it and come back later to fill in the details.

I am making an Official Decision to move forward. If that means my critique group gets a section this month that says “There will be a scene here where X, Y, and Z happen” then so be it. I have a page count to hit, darn it.

And now it’s time to deactivate my wireless card so I can’t be distracted by silly things like email and blogs. Yesterday’s word count will cower in shame when I’m done with today. Just you wait.

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Today’s a Writing Day. I can feel it in my bones. I woke up at 3:30 and almost got out of bed to start writing because I felt wide awake and wanted to write. Most days it wouldn’t have mattered much, but I actually have to be somewhere at 9am, and I can’t miss that, so I went back to sleep.

The trouble with that is that even Writing Days can become Brewing Days or Nothing Days simply because the opportunity isn’t seized – and I have to leave for my appointment in half an hour, which means I have to do something to keep the Writing Day mentality.

I was going to wake up this morning and go for a bike ride but it was rainy, so I couldn’t. Also, I only got about half the laundry done yesterday, though in my defense there’s an awful lot of it since Matt was away at camp with youth groupers all week. He cut the sleeves off one of his t-shirts and it got covered in mustard. Please don’t ask – these things happen at camp. Apparently it was for a skit.

All of this is to say that I’m going to get Matt to clean the kitchen (it’s all his mess anyway) and think writerly thoughts until 10:30 when I’ll be able to start writing on the novel for today.

One final note: I spent part of last week on Lake Michigan, and I took some really amazing pictures while I was there. Here’s one of my favorites:

Sunset at Epworth

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