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I am pathetic today....

I actually have chosen to do nasty housework chores (a/k/a cleaning out the refrigerator) rather than sit down and write.  And yesterday, I mopped instead of write.  But I have continued to research and work on my nano project's development...I just haven't been able to make myself put it on paper or screen much yet.

But hubby, who's been in Utah working at a wildfire as an information officer is on his way home even as we speak...perhaps that was the missing piece of the puzzle...

But I have chosen the name of my heroine; she shall be called Drifa.  I am still looking for the names and personalities of the bad guys and the hero.  But progress is being made.

I've managed to pull together about 130 pages of info about folk customs and folk tales and myth as background material (www.sacredtexts.com is wonderful for stuff like this), and have gone through some interesting texts:

Norse Mythology by Lindow.  I have a long experience with Norse material; it's been a long time since I first read the Prose Edda, and I have a copy of the Poetic Edda and have read most of the sagas, too, but this is a handy dictionary of various deities, heroes and important texts.

Visions of the Cailleach by Sorita d'Este and David Rankine -  a survey of myth and legend about the Caileach in Celtic legend and folklore

The Great Fairy Tale Tradition selected and Edited by Jack Zipes.  This is a Norton Critical Edition that contains many  tales with notes and a small selection of critical essays.  Haven't read it all, cause I am mostly working on certain story motifs, but it looks like a good edition to my collection.

The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim - a psychological look at fairy tales.  I've only read a chunk of it, pertaining to the area I'm playing with.  I can get lost in stuff like this, so I am putting it on restriction until later.

It's been fun digging up this or that, but I'm now at a point that further research will become an end to itself, so no more.  Time to clear out a corner to sit and think and scribble notes, I suspect.  And finish writing this bit of fairy tale I started that's going to be an important piece of the back story.  Maybe once hubby's home, I can write more than a couple of sentences on it a day....

I think I'm getting into the mode.  My desire to play with anything else has faded into nothing...Fandom seems less than interesting.  Even writing original stuff beyond this is choked right now.  Perhaps the focus monster in my head is getting ready to kick in....


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Oct. 6th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Pathetic? Hardly! More like 'clearing the decks' so that you can write without interruption!
Oct. 6th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
Definitely clearing the decks...Hope my hubby'll be able to put up with me!
Oct. 7th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
I don't call this pathetic - I call this the "pre-writing" stage. I know I, myself, spend far more time here, just giving the muses a chance to work things out in a somewhat satisfactory way, than I do on the actual writing itself. When I try to 'force' it (aka, write through the pre-write), it just frustrates me and drags me down.

We all have a system, I suppose...:)

The Great Fairy Tale Tradition selected and Edited by Jack Zipes. This is a Norton Critical Edition that contains many tales with notes and a small selection of critical essays. Haven't read it all, cause I am mostly working on certain story motifs, but it looks like a good edition to my collection.

Totally have this book on my shelf! =) It looked awesome enough last year, the idea of delving into some of the most well-known fairy tales to discover the stories behind the story ~ you know, the sort of meta that's right up my alley ;)
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
IMHO, Norton Critical Editions are almost always, maybe always worth the buying...

One thing about being a folklorist type person the way I am, I get off on a structuralist analysis of story patterns...and enjoy watching the evolution of a story across time.

You're probably right. I'm in prewriting mode for the story as a whole, but there are some bits and pieces I need to get down in some form on paper lest I forget them...
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
*nods* I have a lot of notes for this particular part of the process, lots of jumbled details and bits of dialogue and ideas that will eventually coalesce. What's hard, for me, is trying to write things in order...but I'm afraid if I don't, for a tightly plotted story as opposed to a serial, that something will change along the way and I'll have to redo everything :P So, I try to delay my gratification as long as possible.
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
I am basing a lot of this on one fairy tale's scenario of action, with some serious modification, so at least I have a generic outline, but you KNOW how I like to work out of timeline, so I am crossing my fingers that this will give me both the flexibility and the structure...but we will see. The key point of the Nano is to generate 50,000 words in a month. If the story leads me elsewhere, I will let it, Writing for me is a discovery process, no matter how much I preplan. We'll see what happens. What's important is writing enough words every day. A mad dash to practice writing discipline...that's the fun part of a wrimo...can I push myself to keep working? Knowing it's only for a fixed number of days makes it more do-able. We'll see how it goes.
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
You have far more discipline than I...:) The idea of having to put out 1000 words everyday (or whatever it is) just depresses me. I tend to write in huge chunks, and I can't keep up that sort of steam over an entire month, especially not when my schedule is as restricted as it is.

Oh, well ~ whatever works, I suppose! =)
Oct. 8th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
My natural rhythm is closer to 500, so it's a stretching exercise...I may end up having to work on a computer that's off line, but I'm ready for that if necessary. I really need to get past writing vignettes and ficlets as my preferred mode...the Nano is one month I give it a try...the fun is knowing you're not alone...there are a whole lot of other folks out there trying to do the same thing. And then there's the word count meter...that's a fun thing to watch grow...little things like that for some reason can motivate me.

Don't talk to me about discipline, woman. No way could I keep up some of the stuff you do, like the Sengoku Times or your rec lists...I'm way too chaotic for that. LOL.
Oct. 8th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
My natural rhythm is closer to 500, so it's a stretching exercise

Rare is the day I sit down to write that I produce less than 2000 words (unless I'm trying to write something deliberately short). The last time it happened (on a good day), I wrote over 5K. The last time I forced myself to write through the pre-write? I barely got 500, and I was changing nearly every single one.

Guess I'm too much of a perfectionist, but if the rhythm isn't there, then it's all kinda crap, IMO.

the fun is knowing you're not alone...there are a whole lot of other folks out there trying to do the same thing

Hmm. For me, writing *is* a solitary exercise, and knowing how many other people out there are struggling to reach the same goal as I am offers little more than commiseration, LOL :P I suppose its just the way we see things. Maybe if stuff wasn't so crazy - and I felt like I could concentrate on one idea over the fifty billion others clamoring for my attention at any one time - it would look different.

I considered NaNo last year to help me update one of my fics...and quickly disregarded that.

Don't talk to me about discipline, woman. No way could I keep up some of the stuff you do, like the Sengoku Times or your rec lists...

That's just organization, no discipline to it! For all the crap I have going on in fandom life, you see how much I've been able to update in the last month or two o.O
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
The only time when I leave behind writing to clean, especially moping, is when my inspiration is more of mind than typing. Sometimes the best ideas have to churn in our mind to fully come out in a way that is better for us. I'll be thinking of you and I'm glad you're doing a whole bunch of research! It seems you are in a stage of, "Before I write, I have to gather information, plot, and see where it takes me." Sometimes you're at a stand-still, but it won't be for long. :) Good luck.
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
That describes it perfectly...the story's developing in mind...and taking over, so I haven't been doing the daily poem or short piece....
Oct. 7th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
I like that name for a heroine. I could easily get lost reading fairy tales & information about them! Sounds fun, but I'm glad you can focus on writing one thing.
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Why thank you, ma'am. Yeah, my biggest danger is that I won't quit researching, but I think I can sit on that....crossing fingers...
Oct. 7th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
So, why Drifa? Is there hidden meaning or is that the name that came to you. Both of the main characters of my novel named themselves. I love when that happens.
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
The story I'm working on is called "The Woman Who Loved the North Wind," and the name means Snowdrift, although I'm not going to define it in the story...I saw that name, and my character said, Yes, that one!

Which is better than the placeholder name of Sadie I had been using (knowing I was going to change it) in some of my preliminary thinking.)

(The story is a prequel to this poem: http://fav.me/d2y7zvv)

Oct. 7th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Looks like you are well prepared for the mad dash that is nano. Good luck.
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'd like to finish this one!
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