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thunder and charts

August 8th, 2008 by erin

It’s raining again, thundering and dark. I have lived in Massachusetts all my life and I don’t remember ever having a summer this stormy. I do love a summer storm, but this is kind of insane. It is nicely moody, though, even when the thunder frightens the kittens.

I made a chart for the novel. I mentioned this already, but I like it so I’m going to babble about it more. It’s not a chart, exactly. More like a big page of color-coded lists of vignettes with a timeline below it to keep everything in order.

*boom*

No lightning, though, at least as far as I can tell.

I like my chart. I’m not usually a chart/notecard/etc kind of girl but this is kind of helpful and makes finishing seem a lot less daunting. Only 12 vignettes are really unfinished, and only maybe 10 more need heavy rewrites. Out of 42 or so. That’s no so bad. I keep saying this, so it must be true.

*boom*

That one was loud, the kind of thunder that actually sounds like cymbols crashing. I think the kittens are getting used to it, this one didn’t even make Tessa blink.

The rain outside actually sounds like one of those rain sticks that are supposed to sound like rain as it’s bouncing off the pavement. I didn’t think those sticks were supposed to sound like rain on pavement, really, but that is what it sounds like.

I hung my chart up over the iMac, so I can just look up and refer to it while sitting at the desk. This seems easier than going through notecards or whatnot. I already have a file open for the 12 vignettes that need writing. I have at least a few hundred words and notes for each of them, which will help. I am hoping to have drafts of all of those by the end of the month, which should be doable.

It’s really pouring now, past the rain stick sound because the noise is just continuous. I am resisting the urge to go stand out in the rain, it’s a bit too cold for that anyway.

This blog is one month old today.

*boom*

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2 Responses to “thunder and charts”

  1. Paul says:

    Happy mensiversary(!) to your blog. I’m still loving the rabbit hole theme, and the way the hole gets deeper and deeper. Hee!

    Poor kittens with the thunder! I hope they are getting used to it. Thomas sometimes has to go and hide under the bed. (He does the same with fireworks, too.)

    That chart sounds like a great help. I always think it must be hard keeping track of a straightforward linear narrative, never mind all those vignettes!

  2. erin says:

    I love the rabbit hole theme, too. The little bunny at the bottom of the page makes me happy.

    The chart is helpful, I usually keep track of everything in my head but between overlapping timelines and dozens of vignettes writing everything down is very, very helpful. (And color-coding is always fun!)