Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday, Thank goodness

I would post a flash story today, but I don't have any to post. Sorry.

Instead I will post my progress on my NaNo book. I am 100 pages into it and not quite to the 20 K mark. I should hit that pretty easy this morning if the boy and his propensity for puzzles doesn't get in the way.

I have been amazed how I keep thinking of stories for the second and third tier characters in this book and giving them complete lives. these lives are only in my head so far and not on the page. They only have lives on the page as long as it moves the other characters story forward. It has me thinking of books like John Dos Passos's Manhattan Transfer or Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. Both are excellent books that deal with the intricate natures of our lives and the way they intertwine with those around us. (Yes, I had to study both of them for English Lit classes in college.)

I am still hoping to get caught up and perhaps get a little ahead over the weekend, but I don't know if that is going to be a pipedream or reality.

Have a great weekend.

8 comments:

Aaron Polson said...

Love Winesburg, Ohio. Darn those secondary/tertiary characters.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Aaron- actually I really like those characters, they are giving me ideas for after this month, when I am not editing/rewriting.

K.C. Shaw said...

I love it when non-central characters become real to me as well as the central characters. Of course, I'm always tempted to give them their own plotlines at that point, which usually doesn't work with the original plot.

Natalie L. Sin said...

The nuances of our character's backstories are like knowing a bunch of really cool secrets.

Jamie Eyberg said...

K.C- that is the problem I am having with them right now. Some of them are fascinating.

Nat- ;) Mmmm, secrets.

Danielle Ferries said...

I love uit when a plan comes together.

Danielle Ferries said...

That would be "it" not "uit".

Jamie Eyberg said...

Danielle- you can blame it on your gimpy 'd' key. ;)