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August 28th, 2014
11:19 pm

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More restructuring?
It dawned on me that there is a story element in my novel where it might make more sense to have part of this element occur right at the beginning of the novel so that the introduction of this element isn't too jarring to the reader later. Moving it to the very beginning of this novel will also have the advantage of it leading into another story element more logically than as it is now. I came to this realization when I was looking over various parts of my manuscript (well, actually Word file!) earlier tonight. I was too tired to really do any writing but my 'writing' session wasn't wasted because I realized what I needed to do next. A lot of times figuring what to write is harder than actually writing the section itself.

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02:43 am

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Hit the two-hundred-page mark a few days ago on my novel.
Monday, I think the day was.

The last couple of days the writing has been going as slow as molasses. I feel like I'm jogging through a swamp. I'm starting to actually wonder if I'm clinically depressed due to my feelings of lethargy and blah-ness lately. The 'fun' aspect to this situation is that no matter how crappy I feel during my writing sessions, I feel even worse if I don't make the effort.

I think need to consume some good beer.

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August 19th, 2014
04:28 pm

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Novel plot problem solved?
Lately I've been getting more and more nervous about this novel because it was dawning on me that it was unrealistic that some of the characters would have withheld a certain piece of information. The good news is that I realized today that I could make it so a group of characters had told this information while keeping a related piece of information secret, which is very important for the story. I was very, very relieved by this realization because I was getting very nervous that my novel might be headed for serious trouble.

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August 18th, 2014
06:00 pm

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Poor scaredy cats!
Earlier today my cats were on the couch in the living room, looking out the front window. They saw the UPS truck come by and they promptly took off and hid. This is the second time this has happened. My poor cats now associate the truck with some strange person coming to our door and knocking! So they were hidden for a while. While Justin doesn't like strangers, Grady is even more scared when that happens. He had to endure a guy coming to do maintenance on the furnace and a guy coming to replace some windows that had lost their seal. So lately Grady gets very nervous when he hears anybody come in the house until he can see whether it's somebody he knows. Poor babies. It's not easy being scaredy cats.

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August 11th, 2014
11:45 pm

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Rain equals sinus headache.
Ugh. I've had a headache all day today. The Excederin I've taken hasn't made much of a dent in it, I'm afraid.

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11:44 pm

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Sweet kitty cats!
I woke up today with my two cats on either side of my legs, all of us sleeping together. Grady was on the left, Justin was on the right.

Grady cracks me up because he's a little magpie. He goes around looking for items he was carry to another room and bat around.

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August 7th, 2014
10:51 pm

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Six pages away from 200 pages of text on my current novel!
Reaching the mark of one hundred pages of prose always feels good, huh? I started all over with this novel and this version seems to be going well, knock on wood. I wonder how long this novel will end up eventually being.

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08:03 pm

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I guess it's too late to say this, but . . .
If you're a fellow Sopranos fan, don't you want to yell at Bobby to run like hell from Janice?

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August 4th, 2014
04:45 pm

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Finished reading The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mt Everest.
The first time I can remember hearing of George Mallory was back in 1999 when I saw news stories and photos of his body after they found him. He and his fellow climber Irvine had been missing since June 1924 when they attempted to be the first to reach the summit of Everest. I also remember seeing a documentary around the same time about how in 1996 there were a huge number of climbing deaths on Everest in one day. It's almost impossible to remove bodies for burial from Everest, so if you climb it, there are all these bodies you see going up. Pretty macabre, huh? Even so, Mallory's body had remained undiscovered for over seventy years, although Irvine's body might have been seen by a Chinese climber some years ago.

The book's narrative goes back and forth between Mallory's attempt to climb Everest and the first hand account of the man who actually found him. After reading this book, I doubt that they made it to the top, mainly because their equipment was just too primitive to be able to get up to the top and keep warm. It's a fascinating read. The book also reinforced my impression that there is no way in Hell that I'd want to be in an extreme situation like that. There are more books on Mallory I might also read, along with other books about climbing Everest.

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July 27th, 2014
04:23 pm

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Justin is not amused by storms and thunder.
Justin jumped up on my bed and trilled. I think he wants me to protect him from the scary noises of the storm outside. So he's lying next to me so I can pet him with my left hand. I haven't looked yet but Grady must be hiding somewhere underneath a bed or in a closet until these scary noises stop.

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