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Too Many Notes

A number of things kicked me out of my usual writerly ruts today. That's a good thing, though it meant I didn't write as much about Hell and the Abyss as is my usual wont.

  • I finished a poem that's been hanging over me for six months or more. Which is not my usual thing, but now I have to go send it to the New Yorker or something.

  • I got a note from Ed Greenwood about the Realms and Open Design, which rocked my world. Gotta decide how to share it with the patrons.

  • I wrote a Dungeoncraft column today and told my barista about it (because he asked). I'm usually the silent type, but the new coffeeshop is prying me out of my shell. So glad I ditched the old one. Switching your regular mocha-slingers in Seattle is a little like changing denominations, I gather. But the barista at Sureshot is happy to talk about Euroboardgames or werewolves, and the music includes both punk girl bands and Neko Case. What's not to love?

I also ate a certain amount of writerly spinach, making a shift in my writer's kit today. That is, I added a new notebook/composition book to the book bag, and at the same time, I transferred hundreds of tiny fluttering bits of paper into the notebook. I can't function as a writer without jotting down phrases on library slips, sticky notes, and the backs of envelopes.

No, I cannot just write the notes down in the notebook in the first place. That would be wrong.

In any case, my own inefficiencies aside, the noteling system works for me for one simple reason. When I'm feeling down or uninspired (or, as today, lacking sufficient sleep), I dig into the big pile of paper and sift through them. There's dozens or hundreds to choose from on a day like today, when I've ignored the notes for a while. The right words on bits of tatty paper always completely jots me back into the time and place when that was the Best. Idea. Ever. And I get excited to write, even if it means I'm writing, say, poems and fiction.

Problem solved.

Better still, today's notes reminded me of the fiction I've been ignoring. So, I'll rattle that novel or novella around, with a deadline around .... Er, September. Eight months for a novel seems reasonable.

Oh, and it's Albrecht Haushofer's birthday today.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
woah
I gotta say, I did not expect you to be the Sureshot type of guy ... besides which, isn't that a bit .. out of the way, for just a place to write?

HRMM

- Kyle
the_monkey_king
Jan. 8th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: woah
Yeah, Sureshot is about a 12 minute drive from my house, but just try finding an open coffee shop on Sunday morning at 7 or 8 AM on the East Side. Starbucks is the only option, and they don't offer WiFi.

I'm looking for a coffee place to tide me over until noon, when the libraries open. Sureshot seems loud, but in a friendly way (Ave rats and lots of interesting characters). It's not on Capitol Hill, which is a plus.

If I could write at home, I would, but it's just not been working.
neutronjockey
Jan. 8th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
O.o
Art and maps still needed for the Open Design Project. WOoT WOoT! Put me in the game coach! I'm readly to play ;).
Ahh the fun of (semi)retirement :D
-=Jeff=-
the_monkey_king
Jan. 8th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
I think the maps are covered, actually, though I haven't heard from the cartographer lately.

Interior illos are definitely needed. I'll send you an email.
wahcrysob
Jan. 9th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
I haven't really had any fiction or poetry related inspirations in quite sometime, although my friend and writer buddy Erik and I did sit and talk about his magnum opus he'll hopefully do one day, and the comicbook I've been thinking about but doing nothing on for about four years now, at least. I guess that counts for something.

I have been pretty inspired to work on my own d20 setting however, which is a mighty boon, and my work with Dog Soul has recently ramped up again, which is also fun.
the_monkey_king
Jan. 9th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Ok, I'm ignorant, so enlighten me. What's Dog Soul?
wahcrysob
Jan. 9th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, Dog Soul Press, one of the few companies in the PDF market kind enough to employ me freelance.
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