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Progress for May 29

Writing continues well, but it seems as if the finish line recedes by just a little bit every day. OTOH, I came up with a pleasing resolution for the second POV storyline.

I can already see about 2000 or more words of deadwood scenes that need to come out. At this point I'm still generating new text but also looking ahead to re-ordering scenes, whether I really need one of the early chapters, tightening dialogue, reinforcing themes and plot points, and so forth. I take all this to be a good sign for the rewrite.

New Words: 2,031
Word Count: 114,096
Pages: 379

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
114,096 / 120,000
(95.0%)


Walked around the lake yesterday morning, and saw some wakeboarders from INT Amateurs strutting their stuff, the first time I'd seen power boats on the lake. Totally stressed my knee with the walk, though. Not an auspicious beginning to the day.

After writing, I went to Anime Night with the_andy and saw the Studio Ghibli The Cat Returns and some hack/ episodes. Hack/ was pretty disappointing after the big build-up they got from irishninja; it's Tron-like "life inside the computer" stuff, but using MMOs as a subject. "Cat Returns" was much more satisfying; shellyinseattle pointed out the parallels to "The Nutcracker" on the way home. A good film for children, but with plenty of whimsy and interest for adults.

George Martin also appears to have finished a writing project, the long-awaited A Feast for Crows. Details here, such as:
"The upshot is, A FEAST FOR CROWS is now moving into production. It is still a long book, but not too long; about the same size as A GAME OF THRONES. The focus in FEAST will be on Westeros, King's Landing, the riverlands, Dorne, and the Iron Islands. More than that I won't say. ".

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mimerki
May. 30th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
I've been putting off watching The Cat Returns until I watch Whispers of the Heart again. Why Disney would release Cat Returns before Whispers is nothing but confusing to me.
the_monkey_king
May. 30th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
While the Baron and the fat white cat are in both films, they're not tightly linked.

The tone of the two is distinct, and I think the title makes it seem more like a sequel than it really is.
godeater_sw
May. 30th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
Martin
Makes me laugh. The man needs an editor. As in yesterday.
peartreealley
May. 30th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
I've found the ending of the novel always sneaks up on me. I know I'm near the end, I know, and I have my outline, and I sense the wrapping up, and then, suddenly, I'm there, and it's just a few paragraphs, and I thought it was going to be another couple of days--at least!

So what I'm saying is that while there may be a little more wrapping up, your ending will come when it comes, and we don't get the luxury of getting to see there's only 2 pages left in the book when we are writing it.

I really like the first .hack// video game. In fact, it ate my life for a while. (Like any good MMO should.) I'd probably love the rest, if I could actually get past the final monster in the first one! (Have I mentioned I suck at video games, no matter how much I love playing them?) I'll probably rent the anime one of these days to check it out, out of sheer fanning. I haven't heard good things, though.

But then I tend to like bad shows and movies. Hee.

irishninja
Jun. 12th, 2005 09:01 am (UTC)
Oops! I missed this entry before. Thanks to shellyinseattle for mentioning it today at WW! My response:

"After writing, I went to Anime Night with the_andy and saw the Studio Ghibli The Cat Returns and some hack/ episodes. Hack/ was pretty disappointing after the big build-up they got from irishninja; it's Tron-like "life inside the computer" stuff, but using MMOs as a subject.

As I mentioned to shellyinseattle today, and as I should have made more clear in my journal entries, .hack//Sign is slow. Think glacial. It doesn't really begin to develop a plot until around episode 4, and then the plot just kind of stagnates until around episode 12-13. After that it moves along pretty well, but it's never a fast-moving show. I could explain why I love it despite its flaws, but this isn't the appropriate place for that. ;)

.hack//Legend of the Twilight, which shellyinseattle also described as having watched with you, is a quicker-paced 12-episode show. It gives away a few plot points of //Sign, but if you don't want to put up with //Sign's slow story that shouldn't bother you. //Legend of the Twilight starts off a bit sillier, but it ends on a much darker note than //Sign.

My great project Hack embarrassment right now is that I haven't played the videogames or seen the .hack//Liminality OAVs yet, so I can't really give you any kind of feedback on those. :\
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