Thursday, January 21, 2010

icy editing time

We have had another ice storm (the 2nd one this season and the 4th major storm this season. How lucky are we.) This one did more damage to the trees than the other one, which means when this mess melts I will be having a good time with the chainsaw. it has also set me back on my writing. Mostly because it involves more days off from school for my daughter. I get very little done when she is home. It is not her fault that her and her brother like to argue and fight so much.

So, while I haven't gotten any new writing done I have managed to hit the halfway point of the edits/re-writes in a novella I wrote last year. Beneath These Walls is coming along quite nicely. The overall story isn't nearly as bad as I remember when I wrote it and, while the good characters scenes are going very smoothly, the bad characters scenes are being chopped and rewritten so that they hardly resemble their original scenes.

And now that both children are up they have decided to go at each other like wolves on an elk carcass I have to go.

16 comments:

Aaron Polson said...

"wolves on an elk carcass"

Man, what imagery. Chop away, my friend. And good luck with the ice. Ice sucks.

Jeremy Kelly said...

You're a regular Jack London with your pups out there in the snow. Just go easy on the sauce.

Beneath These Walls - awesome title.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Aaron- I have run out of ice melt and have chopped away on my sidewalk for 1 hr already. I haven't even started on the driveway. I may have to bring out the pick axe.

Jeremy- that title will probably change but it has been growing on me. If I can get the twist in the story I want I may keep it.

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Natalie L. Sin said...

Tranquilizer darts. I'm just sayin'... ; )

Cate Gardner said...

I need a description of an ice storm because my imagination is freaking me out.

BT said...

I'm with Aaron - sweet imagery, but I'm also with Nat - darts work wonders.

Maybe we could all get together and start a parenting help blog...

Great going with the edits!

Mary Rajotte said...

It's funny how absence can make the heart grow fonder, even for writing. Good luck with the remaining chopping.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Nat, I don't know if I can find any to fit in my 12 gauge.

Cate- Ice storms happen when the surface temperature is below freezing and the atmosphere is above freezing. All of the precipitation falls as rain but hits the ground and freezes on contact. It hangs in trees and on power lines and causes havoc. here is a slideshow from the local news about what we are facing. http://www.kcci.com/slideshow/news/22303662/detail.html

BT, I don't think telling people that an occasional drink is okay and that if you beat them with bags of oranges they leave non-descript bruising is good parenting advise. :)

Mary, it is very encouraging to say the least.

K.C. Shaw said...

I'm glad you're safe at home and not trying to slide around outside. Even if your pups--er, kids--are driving you crazy. :) Good luck on the edits; sounds like they're going great!

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks for the explanation, Jamie. Thank goodness we don't have those.

Jamie Eyberg said...

K.C., the roads are cleared, thankfully so getting anywhere is not a problem. the problem comes from above.

Cate, I don't wish these storms on anyone and Missouri and Oklahoma get them more than us.

katey said...

You know, I like the way ice storms make trees look. But other than that, they're pretty much the worst.

Carrie Harris said...

Yeah, that elk imagery is... uh... disturbing, actually. :)

Jamie Eyberg said...

Katey, actually we have found that something called Hore frost is very beautiful in the trees. It is a very light fluffy ice usually only lasts about an hour but it lasted for days around here. Much more so than ice.

Carrie, sadly it is an accurate depiction of my home life right now. cabin fever gone wild.