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Oysters and a Grumpfest

I ate some great oysters last night: Stella Bay, Quilcenes, Fanny Bay. The hotel restaurant, Shuckers, knows their bivalves. That's the good news. In fact, it's been the highlight of the week.

The bad news is that progress on the book is imploding at the moment, and I wish that weren't so. It's been three days since I added anything to the manuscript. What makes this maddening is that I can see the end of the draft from where I am standing, and yet! Everything looks like junk, or I just haven't got the discipline to plow through the rough patch.

I'm ready to kick the dog, I swear. The temptation to start a new, more tractable project is strong, but I refuse to give in. I'm going to finish this damn book if it kills me.

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frabjousdave
May. 5th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
Finish it! I want to be able to read the whole thing by the time I return for the festival.
the_monkey_king
May. 5th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, lord Vader.

Which brings us to... when is the festival, again?
frabjousdave
May. 5th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
The festival begins May 19. I expect to be in town that evening, or early the following day. If you've finished the book, I'll have something for you.
sigtrent
May. 5th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
Don't give up
Hang in there my man, you can do it!

I want to read what you've been sweating over so diligently. The Monkey King shall not be stopped!
the_monkey_king
May. 5th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't give up
Thanks, sometimes it seems all too easy to spike it and move on, especially when I've just finished Sarah Water's sublime "Tipping the Velvet". Gotta avoid comparing myself to the top-of-class literary authors.

Worse, part of my writing brain is already engaged on the *next* book. The "next book" trap is just as bad as the "just a little more research" trap, but strikes at the end of the process rather than the beginning. truepenny wrote up a terrific description of "the novel as marriage".
godeater_sw
May. 5th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't give up
At the risk of stating the obvious ... pour yourself a drink, trot out the relevant section of your outline, and blankly stare at it while you relax. Hopefully your subconcious gets motivated to solve your current problems that way.
oni_anne
May. 5th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
You can do it! :)

Try tempting youself with rewards as motivation to reach your goal!

"I will buy myself a new 42-inch flat pannel HD-Ready TV if I reach my goal."

Though it maybe a lie, it some times works ;-)
the_monkey_king
May. 5th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
"I will vacation in Fiji if I reach my goal."
"I will vacation in Fiji if I reach my goal."
"I will vacation in Fiji if I reach my goal."
"I will vacation in Fiji if I reach my goal."

Well, I may not believe myself, but I feel better. :)

cloudscudding
May. 5th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
Be brave. Be strong. Be persistant. And don't kick the dog.

I think all books have at least a couple of those moments during their writing...and a couple more during the editing process....
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