November 4th, 2005


Office Munchy Purchases

I look like such a pig, today. Just call me Miss Piggy.

The Hot Cajun Crunch snacks, plus the Honey Roasted Peanuts and Mint Meltaways that I ordered from a co-worker's child for a Girl Scout sale, have come in. All of this sinful stuff is piled on top of the receptionist's desk at the moment, because I am working the 8:00-9:00am shift today. So is my breakfast bagel, which I got before I knew the other yummies had come in.

No, I have not gone on the South Beach Diet yet, in case you wondered.

The worst of it is, I ordered more monchies from two other coworkers. *buries face in hands*

Severus Snape:
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Writing: It surprises me how the Avriet book is changing, this time around. I decided not to make a big production out of the curse's effect on the characters, the way I did in the previous draft. In the current draft, I'm more letting things go naturally and letting people act as they will. More and more, I'm beginning to think I won't use the Livre de Sangre in this version; I almost don't feel it's necessary. I think there are ways to show the curse's effect on Allistaire without it.

I am also amazed at how much information I was able to give in Chapter 1, this time around. Things which didn't come out until much later in the 2004 draft are introduced in Chapter 1 of the 2005 draft very comfortably.

I do think I am being too chatty, though--relying too much on dialogue and not enough on action. I hope this will correct itself as the book progresses this month and in the editing phase.

Once I complete this draft, I'll have to give Avriet the Writing the Breakout Novel treatment, and then I will ask my friend Andi if she will read it and critique it.
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