Monday, September 15, 2008

After the break...

A little singsong with the dead. And-a one, and-a two...

Just finished the first draft of a piece called Singsong for Potter's Field 3. Ever chip away at a story you really liked, but feel like you just can't wait and have to rush in and get to that really cool ending part? Yeah...I need to let this one sit for a while (what was the phrase Stephen King used in "On Writing"; simmer? ferment? fester?) before I look at it again. Has potential, but, again, it feels like I spent a lot of time kissing and groping at the beginning, but was too anxious to drop trou and get to the end, and it seems a bit rushed. I'll take a look at it later this week.

Maybe I'll work on a short screenplay next...I love old, creepy hotel stories; something about taking people out of their element and putting them together (or alone) in a place where anything can happen that just begs for stories to be written. I think I even have a copy of CeltX installed on this PC.

In other news, we did some Halloween shopping Sunday...I got a bag full of latex scars and makeup and liquid latex and blood all manner of nasty shit. I didn't do anything last year, so this year I'm gonna make up for it and be a failed suicide.

8 comments:

Jamie Eyberg said...

Rushing stuff out has never worked well for me. I find that if I print it out, set it in the bill basket and forget about it like everything else in the basket I can polish it better than right after I write it.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Yeah, you almost have to forget about it and come back fresh, like sniffing coffee beans between perfume samples. I just need to learn patience...

Carrie Harris said...

I always blast through the beginning and ending, but the middle of a novel makes me feel like I'm slogging through tapioca while carrying an elephant. And right now, I'm tapioca-slogging and elephant-slinging. Chapter 12 is driving me nuts.

Hmmm. Your imagery was better. ;)

Catherine J Gardner said...

Yeah, I have a tendency to rush and not let stories sit awhile - I need to learn a little patience and to stop trying to jump onto the next project.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Patience, yeah how long will that take learn. . .about an hour?

Jamie Eyberg said...

I think I rushed that last comment and forgot a few words.

Catherine J Gardner said...

I've just awarded your blog an 'I love your blog' award over at mine.

Zarebski said...

Good going..! I too did Halloween shopping on last weekend.