Today has been one of the most productive days in quite a few! I am happily tired, but pleased.
Chapter Four started today for the vampire/terrorist novel. It is a little surprising how the vampire has decided to suddenly tell his story. I am not complaining, mind you, just surprised, and relieved. Vampires can be very reticent creatures about telling their beginnings.
M, the vampire, has given me some dates, too. These dates require some research on my part to see what was happening in history around that time. Did you know slavery was “abolished” in England in 1772, but it wasn’t official and real, from my understanding, until 1833. This was approximately thirty years earlier than America, and a Civil War happened in the Americas to extinguish the practice. I knew England had disestablished the owning of slaves before America, but I thought the time was closer between the dates.
Since the vampire/terrorist story is going so smoothly, I even brought out the writing slope from the office so I could be just a wee bit more comfortable writing. When you use dip pen and ink, a writing slope makes writing comfortable. Technology doesn’t have to be extremely difficult to use in order to be useful and functional. True, I have to move the writing slope to and from the place where writing is going to take place, but I am more than willing to move it back and forth because the resulting words and story is worth it.
One thing I did decide today is to keep writing the novel in long form until it is finished and then start typing it in. I realized today the first draft may be shorter than the final draft, but while the first draft is flowing is when I need to make sure and keep writing and working until it gets down. When the second draft begins and it is typed into the computer, I will have everything in line and won’t have to wonder what course I am changing in the story itself. Any changes will be there for me to see and/or correct, or extend as needed. This decision alone took a huge weight off my creative shoulders.
In-between writing sessions there was a goodly amount of knitting done. The finishing touches on a scarf – for yours truly – were completed. Also yesterday a box of yarn arrived! This yarn will be Christmas presents for some dearly loved individuals. Today I started work on a set of finger-less mitts and did some organizing of the knitting supplies and tools. More needs to happen in this area and will continue tomorrow.
Knitting and writing have been the perfect pass-times for today because it is very cold outside and we have only 1/4 of an inch of snow. I, for one, am very relieved it wasn’t “inches” or ” feet” of snow because now arrives appointment times for doctors, shopping, walking of dogs, and Church services.
Yes, today was a good and productive day. Now it is time for me to relax and hang out with The Husband for a bit before bed and starting all over again. 🙂