subconscious planning

I had a dream where I was trying to pitch a novel to a very suspicious editor.

I was describing the story as “It’s ______ meets The Man From U.N.D.E.A.D.” (I can not for the life of me remember what the other novel was). I remember continuing with describing one of the characters as: “A grumpass old wizard, who’s kind of like a mix between the animated Merlin from Sword in the Stone and Ponder Stibbons” before going on a tangent about how that was the best wizard to compare him to in the Discworld as his luck isn’t as bizarre as Rincewind’s, he doesn’t go total librarian-poo when people mess with his books, he’s not as looney as the Bursar, and not as outdoor-lifestyle-obsessive as the Archchancellor. I seem to remember pointing out that this wasn’t The Dreseden Files because I can’t remember if I ever got past the first page of the first book.

I ended up texting a friend of mine, who’s finding it hard to finish up her smut story (it’s well over 100k words right now), and telling her about it. She thought it was hilarious and started telling me about a vampire story she was thinking about working on. She was very adamant that it wasn’t Twilight and described something that seemed close to a scene from the Interview with a Vampire film, which she fervently denied, pointing out it was more modern-day high school like.

She continued to describe some of her idea and I asked her if she’d ever read Blood and Chocolate since part of her idea sounded like what I remember from the beginning of the book. Apparently vampires and werewolves are involved and she’s stuck on plot. I suggested she just work on a scene that sounds interesting and go from there.

I find the whole thing hilarious because I’m not intending for this idea to become a novel. I’m just pecking away at a scene (currently 538 words) in a universe I started in a short story I finished before and found that it would be fun to flesh out the characters a bit more.

I have no plot. I have no villain.

I have a character with a Franken-dog having a conversation on the phone that is turning into a “please don’t be weird and scare the new people” lecture.

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making things

+ I finished the Combo Breaker blanket, it is folded up and sitting on a shelf until Jamie remembers to take it to work to give it to the parent. lol

+ I made Jamie a Bear Hat. It is a smidge too small, but he thinks it’s awesome. So, I’m working on making another one (I have the yarn so why not?) I still have a few more months before it gets cold enough for him to wear a hat, so I have the time to work on it.

+ I keep staring at the same documents doing nothing.

  • Weird Granddad story is just…there. I am at a point where I don’t remember exactly where I was going with it
  • Attempted Novelette is at a standstill. I’m at the point where I can’t remember whose name is for which character except for one, and that’s mainly because I keep making terrible jokes about it.
  • I’ve been jotting down notes for another story idea to try to get bits together with it

+ Nothing is finished and I don’t know if I’m fine with that. I don’t know if it’s an epic brain fart or just extreme apathy.

+ Bug and Firefly got into it the other day and Firefly needs to learn that Bug is getting her back for when they were younger and Firefly got Bug because Bug was too nice. Now Bug is a tank of a dog and has power behind her snaps.

Firefly is fine, we carted her butt to the vet, where her head was cleaned and parts were shaved. I insisted we take her because of the puncture under her jaw (which is fine, just squicky) and we learned that she’s got a couple more punctures than I had originally thought. She’s on antibiotics and has been happily spoiled by getting to sleep on the couch, getting various pieces of human food (cheese, peanut butter, things like that), and snoring on the bed.

swift kick

I need a swift kick in the ass to get my shit together.

I went to go through a notebook to look for an unfinished story and then realized that story I was looking for wasn’t in that particular notebook (I’m looking for the one I’m calling “pig dreams”) I realized that I should go through the notebooks that I have written in to see what’s in there.

I had to grab an empty notebook to make notes of where stories were. Four notebooks and I’ve got 10 stories that are unfinished, not including the print-out of a story I had tucked in one of the notebooks.

10 stories. 10 unfinished stories.

I’m a little disappointed in myself (however, I did find a finished flash-fiction peice, so woohoo!)

I’ve been reading through what I’ve got so far and I realized: I want to know what happens next! I told Jamie of my little revelation and he just went “Well, so what happens next?” The downside is, I don’t know what happens next. At least, right now I don’t know what happens next.

But holy cow, I didn’t realize I had done that (started a bunch of stories and then went off to work on another story idea). I’ll be going through and seeing where they go, but this also means I’m going to have to set the printer back up. I prefer to hand-write my notes when I read over the drafts. Looking over on something on the PC to edit just makes it seem so…I don’t know, disconnected maybe.

Right now, I’m just making notes on which notebook has story bits in them. I plan on making notes on which notebook has one-liners or half-baked ideas or ideas that seem interesting but haven’t been even partially mapped out.

I told Jamie that with just the amount of stories that I found in those first four notebooks, I could probably self-pub a book. I mean, hey, why not? I’ve been planning on posting up stories and seeing how they go, but I don’t know.