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I don't care what the forecast says. I can tell you that the weather is changing because my head has felt like someone's sticking ice-picks in it since this afternoon, and three ibuprofen tablets are barely touching it. rrrrrrr.

I just watched the first three episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and now I feel silly and bad for ignoring it while it was actually on, because it's good! Good and Bechdel-passing. And scary.

And in wonderful news, I'm back in writing mode! Yay! Have developed a bunch of Part IV of Restraint and am finding where I need to put the stakes down for the ending of Part III. If you're following the story, spread the word: it's moving again after a brief commercial interruption from Writer's Block®.

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karen_jk
Apr. 17th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
I have faith in you! :)
emeraldsedai
Apr. 17th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you, madam. :D
layne67
Apr. 17th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
:DD

Photobucket

*tiptoes out of writing-room*
emeraldsedai
Apr. 17th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Terrific icon!
shezan
Apr. 17th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yayyyy restraint!

Writer's Block® is a b*tch I know too well for my taste...
emeraldsedai
Apr. 17th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Writer's Block is a tricky critter, all right. It served a needed purpose in this case, but I wish I could have the purpose served with a little more efficiency! Like: "Oh no, I feel slightly blocked. Ah ha! I know just what that means and how to fix the problem," with less than two weeks inc between "blocked" and "Ah ha!"
shezan
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
To put things in perspective, I once waited FIVE YEARS between "blocked" and "Ah ha!"

For a book...
emeraldsedai
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
If you waited five years and then actually got back to it and completed the project, I'm in awe.

I'm finding that experience and practice do tend to shorten the wait. The more I write, the quicker I am to abandon loved-but-unworkable ideas and move on, because I have more faith now that more ideas will come. And then there's just the experience of using certain tricks and techniques. And the not writing oneself into a corner in the first place quite as much.

None of this is to say that writing has gotten easy--it's still an incredibly challenging thing to do--but the rewards are wonderful, aren't they?

Edited at 2010-04-17 07:13 pm (UTC)
karen_jk
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
For your readers they definitely are. *smooches*
shezan
Apr. 17th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Alas, no, couldn't return to it, gave the advance back, and finally wrote another book altogether, less ambitious. One day I'll use the research of the first... and yes, experience helps. Once you've got started.

Rewarding: so true; people ask me ifI like writing, and I tell them I like HAVING WRITTEN.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 17th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Well, that's true--there is nothing to compare to the feeling of the thing completed. But when you interpolate that from the whole novel, to a chapter, to a paragraph, to even the selection of a turn of phrase (each enormously satisfying to have completed), then I love the feeling of having written almost every word.
cookiemom6067
Apr. 17th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
What does "Bechtel passing" mean?
emeraldsedai
Apr. 17th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
From TVTropes:

In order to pass [the Bechdel Test], the film or show must meet the following criteria:

--it includes at least two women,
--who have at least one conversation alone
--about something other than a man or men


It is astonishing how rare it still is for a show to pass the test.
llaras
Apr. 17th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
LOVE THAT SHOW.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 17th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yes! It's really good! I mean, I was enjoying watching it, and feeling very reluctant to even put it on pause because I was so engrossed--that's unusual enough for a show these days. But I've been thinking about it, and telling people about it, and kind of playing scenes over in my head and realizing how really well-written and engaging it all is.

I can hardly wait for the next disc to come!
llaras
Apr. 18th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
It's a really great show. Some eps made me literally scream in joy or horror.
belluthien
Apr. 18th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Sorry your head is hurting... Might try a decongestant?

And YAY for beating writer's block!
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emeraldsedai
Apr. 18th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
I'll resort to decongestants in cases of really dire need, but they make me feel funny, so I avoid them until then. In this case, two things helped: some ibuprofen and a thunderstorm, which came, cracked loudly overhead, and left again. Relief!
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