Monday, January 31, 2011

We begin again ...

Today is the day to resume. I have caught up with all my school work, finished off a good deal of research work, calmed my mind somewhat, but not must leap back in before I lose all momentum. Perhaps it is time to schedule myself another mini-NaNoWriMO, since tomorrow is the first day of February, a short month. I could start and count today. The full 50,000 is probably unrealistic, but 25,000 is not. That would be two large chapters and then some, perhaps even three chapters. I have some photos to help stimulate the writing.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Still idling

The traffic light may be broken, it's been red so long. But sometimes you aren't in a big hurry and you have stuff to think about, or songs to listen to, so a forced hiatus at the intersection feels more like a reprieve than a delay. But now I'm getting the sense that I should be moving on, and that I've got the switch that runs the light in my hand. If I don't flip it, then it's foot-dragging.

I wanted a tone that was more striking, more distinct and even idiosyncratic, not just accomplished. Though perhaps I should not be worrying about such things at this moment. Better to get the boat back in the water. I also wanted to learn everything, but I probably don't need to know everything.

I want to talk about geology and changes in the earth on a much larger temporal scale, so that in comparison, jumping a couple hundred years back and forth, as an individual, would not seem so special.

I want to make Bloem more vibrant, put her at greater risk, interpersonally, put the controls in her hands, and put her at the mercy of forces she can't control.