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Busy Working and Writing

Yesterday Chickie took the day off to attend the first day of the Minnesota State Fair, so Jim and I worked. I had a lovely quartet of ladies in the morning, one of who was local but the other three were from the East. They kept us hopping for more than an hour, but it was worth it, they made my sales for the day. Huge "Thank You"s go out to the Spirits for bringing those ladies to visit with us.

I think I'm in love with this little rabbit...too cute!
I was so busy yesterday that I barely had a chance to work on my computer and my next chapters. I'm concerned that my character is walking down a road that I had never intended, and I'm not sure it works with her profile. So I'm trying to get my beta reader up to date so that I can bounce this off her and get a second opinion. I would talk about it with my DH, but he persists in trying to mold the story to his own internal image and can't seem to get the idea through his head that it is my story and needs to be clear to my own vision. I hope I'll get a bit more time to work on stories today, I have a monthly story to write also and have two ideas floating around for that one but need to make a decision.

Is my life a maze?

So that seems to be my life this week - working hard, hardly working, writing a lot, wanting to change what I've written. Am I running in place or what?
  • Current Location: Looking for Valinor
  • Current Mood: optimistic optimistic
  • Current Music: Gustav Mahler - Primeval light
I am never sure whether it is wonderful, when the characters start doing their own thing, or awful and they need whipping back into shape! Mainly I let them go - but I do have certain milestones I expect them to reach at some stage in the whole series...
I'll let her run for a little while, but it may end up in my trashing a few chapters of work *sigh*. idea came to me overnight that may work...I'll have to rework chapter 10 and see what happens later this morning.

- Erulisse (one L)
Oh yes, the characters often have their own mind, independent from yours. Tell me about it. *sigh*
But I say - do not "chain" your character. ;)

Awww, what a sweet rabbit! :)))
Well in a major rewrite, I'm happier with the chapter, although it still has a long way to go. But I still may change my mind and make this episode a minor fluff in the story instead of something worth of 5000+ words.

And I think my baby flop-eared rabbit pic is too, too cute. Maybe I should make it into a userpic.

- Erulisse (one L)
I am extremely grateful and hoping that we will be able to keep the sales dollars up for a change, instead of plummeting. The only thing that is fun on the way down is a roller coaster. Real life sucks if it only heads downwards - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
hugs to Pip
"...working hard, hardly working, writing a lot, wanting to change what I've written>"

--Gosh, that sounds like me! :) Good luck with everything and I hope you enjoy the fair. Our state fair just opened today and I'll probably go next week when it will (hopefully!) be less crowded.
I may also pull in the advice of my friend, although she is not a Tolkien f-list friend. She is a published author and might have some advice about getting my character back into line - LOL. It's a grind, and I just spend 1-1/2 hours rewriting Chapter 10. I'm still not 100% happy with it, but it is better than it was yesterday - LOL.

One step at a time...

- Erulisse (one L)
No one else can tell you how to write/visualise a story. As for characters refusing to toe the line - they just pick up the ball and run sometimes, leaving you to follow along behind and remind them (gently) that they need to be in place X by the end of summer. Fighting with them works occasionally, but mainly they dig in their heels and get stubborn.

You've read Burning Bright --- Lindir was a minor character, due to vanish after he and Erestor reached Mithlond, and that journey was meant to be brief and uneventful. Ha! I still have the original outline to laugh at.
Ha! Pardon me while I go laugh in a nearby corner.

Yes, I agree that characters are supposed to be well behaved and predictable. But I am learning that mine have very definite ideas of how their lives should be led and they won't allow me to have much influence. Therefore, if I want to change this storyline at all, I'll have to throw out a lot of writing to achieve that end *sigh*.

- Erulisse (one L)
wishing for a nice, lithe, cat-o-nine-tails.....
If you force them, it never works. Every time I've been really stuck with something, it's been because I wanted the story to go left and they wanted it to go right. Rewriting is now my first response to a dead end.

Good luck :) Oh and - love the bunny. And the maze looks a bit like the inside of my head feels, I'm still trying to decide my Big Bang plot.
I love this little bunny. I think I'm going to make him into a userpic for myself.

I fully sympathize with you over the maze. Today is one of those days .....

- Erulisse (one L)
good luck on deciding your Big Bang plot...