Well, I posted a nice and long list of goals for this quarter on Monday and I have to admit, I haven’t worked on a blessed one of them in the days since. Which is sad considering that thanks to the weather I got an extra couple days off this week. But, instead of writing, I spent that time relaxing (okay, napping) and kind of recharging my batteries. And marathon-watching Rosemary and Thyme and Supernatural on Netflix.
I suppose I could make the case that watching Supernatural is kind of/sort of research for Butchers’ Bill, in the sense of seeing the kinds of tropes I want to play with when it comes to hunting supernaturals. I already know that my vampire hunters aren’t much like Sam and Dean. For one thing, they live in a world where the supernaturals in general and vampires in particular have been acknowledged as real for years. And for another, in their world, vampire hunting is a legitimate career choice. Not the kind of thing you necessarily want your kids to go into, but it’s a living. Watching Supernatural helps me center my world by making me ask myself questions about it and by letting me listen to my characters’ reactions to it (as admittedly woo as that sounds).
Plus, hey, Sam and Dean are hawt. Not to mention Billy. *fans self* Whooo!
It also helps that this is a bit of passive research/brainstorming I can do while I work on other things. And, again, the hawtness of the cast does not hurt.
Actual Writing Goals for this week: I think for this week, at least until Sunday, I’m going to keep it simple and focus on only two goals.
- Defcon: Fade Out:
- Keep writing. I finished Chapter Ten and am in the middle of Chapter Eleven and I kind of hate what I’ve written but I’m just going to keep bulling through. I’ve got a feeling that Chapter Eleven will either end up on the cutting room floor or will be incorporated in earlier, but regardless it still needs to be written so I can get it out of my head and onto paper.
- Complete character checklists for at least two of my main characters as well as the worldbuilding checklists. One for a human/ape hybrid species and the other for a religious subgroup. Luckily, I have checklists for all of these! I have checklists for EVERYBODY! AHAHHAHAHAHA!
- Reading Story Engineering and Story Physics by Larry Brooks.
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