Welcome to this writer’s workspace. Here’s what’s happening liiiiiiiiiiiiiive at Miranda’s desk:
What I’m working on: This week I intended to take time off from my novel projects and write a short story every day. What’s actually ended up happening is far cooler. I’ve written a story a day (3 down, 2 to go) AND I’ve continued work on my novel projects in the afternoon. It’s been crazy productive (though, just writing that phrase has probably jinxed it). Anyway, here’s a little excerpt from the short story I’m working on this morning:
…A snippet from the screen: “I met Lenora in the desert, on my way from nowhere to nowhere. She lived among the sage bushes, in a ruined settler’s cabin, under a sea of stars. People in town said she was mad, an oddity. They eyeballed me when they said it, glancing at my graffiti-covered van as if I were an oddity too. I was curious, so I went to see her. I found out they were wrong. Lenora wasn’t mad, she was dead.”
On the iTunes: All Along the Watchtower, cover by The Bandits
In my mug: Yorkshire Gold, baby. Seering the sleep out of your brain since 1886.
Keeping me company: No one! Ramses has abandoned me (and his beloved Tower of Terror) to snooze in the laundry basket atop (you guessed it) a pile of clean laundry. Thanks, buddy! I’m happy to redo that wash. Really.
Out the window: Apocalypse. Flood. Hellfire. It’s like a 100 degrees, 120 percent humidity, and stormy. If I weren’t heading to Kansas this weekend I’d think Brooklyn’s sporting the worst summer on record. But, I suspect a week in the Burning Plains will change my view on this.
A little procrastination never hurt anyone: …especially on a Thursday. Here’s a really cool image from Jay Lake’s Moment of Zen series. Reminds me of an Andrew Wyeth painting. For anyone who hasn’t read about the GR Bullies stuff, here’s a good post on it from Rachel Aaron’s blog. This one I found via some links from my friend Ferret, and it struck me as so helpful I thought I’d better share it with you all as well: a post from Inkpunks about outlining. Be sure to follow the embedded links to Alexandra Sokoloff’s story elements checklist.
And with that…go forth and be productive!