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    I was traveling, but now I'm back, and I actually plotted out some stuff while I was traveling, but then when I got here I was feeling kind of crappy I thought because of jet lag, plus it's the height of allergy season.

    But I was wrong.

    Sinus infection. Fuck.


    Progress report

    1,050 words--I jumped ahead for a bit because, you know, I felt like it. And as you may have noticed, things have gotten a little hectic for me (May is going to have some hiccups), so I figured I should write what I can write quickly, then go back and fill in later.


    Progress report

    No writing today, but I actually did a lot of plotting out for the next few chapters, which was good. I'm all excited about this new voice, so I feel like I am kind of sticking it in everywhere, but I think that that's OK for the first draft--later I can decided whether I want the character to be so involved.


    What today was like

    Just to give you an idea of what can happen: Last night I finally sorted out in my head how I wanted things to go with the next few chapters. And today just as I was heading from the kitchen into the office to write, the phone rang.

    And it was, of course, an elderly relative having A HUGE CRISIS!!!! TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WERE MISSING!!!!!!!!

    This was a False Crisis (the money is right where it should be). But as seems to be typical in elder care, the False Crisis, while utterly false, could not be dismissed, because it was caused by a True Crisis: This relative (who was very financially sophisticated at one point) could not read a bank statement properly.

    Naturally it was my duty to call other, more-able relatives and let them know about the True Crisis. The problem with trying to manage a decline like this is that you're always trying to hit a moving target, and measures we have taken that seemed to be working are not really appropriate for someone who cannot understand a bank statement. The consensus was that fatigue was a factor, but that this was likely an indication that this person's control over their financial affairs may have to be curtailed even further sooner rather than later.

    So, yeah. Not writing today. Got some great ideas though, and when I'm not freaking out over my family I'm really excited about them.



    Yeah, it's allergy season--even with the shots, these past few days have been pretty rough. I'm going to go drool in front of the television.

    I feel like I should attempt to edit the fantasy novel at least, but not today. Today I'll be lucky if I can follow the plot of Teen Wolf. (Which is not a bad show, by the way. I tried watching Girls but my God, does the main character become just a total Mary Sue in the second season. I felt like I was watching Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.)

    At least it's supposed to rain tomorrow--that's helpful.