Category Archives: Writer’s Appearances

Sitcom Dad Strikes Again

A night off from rehearsal – huzzah!

I tried to be productive and was, but would have been moreso if I hadn’t done the typically Sitcom Dad thing of creating a small flood in the kitchen while in the process of thawing out the pipes under the kitchen sink. Some men complain about the dimbulb dad stereotype that is found on most TV shows nowadays, but as long as there are guys like me in the world, the archetype will thrive.

This morning I spoke in two sessions to several eighth grade English classes at my daughter’s school. I used And/News as an example of how the creative process works, telling them the radical notion that one idea is not enough for a novel… you need several that cling to each other and are or become interrelated. And I mapped out on the chalkboard all of the different ideas I had that contributed to the genesis of the project. Separately they were all simply notions, but put them all together and they become a full-fledged idea.

I think it went over well. The two sessions of combined classes were very well behaved considering they were made up of antsy eight graders.

As for tonight’s work, Richard and K just made a key discovery, one that they are only beginning to realize the implications of. I’m on the back half of the novel now, and this discovery is what will propel them into the tightening spiral as the book spins into its thrilling climax.

Hey. That isn’t half bad. I should save it for dustjacket copy. Maybe I ought to look into becoming a copywriter.

Today’s Scorecard
Chapter Twelve
381 Pages (+8)
85179 Words (+1581)

NP – David Gray – Sell Sell Sell

Interruptable Writing

Tonight was a big rehearsal for Annie Get Your Gun. We were beginning the blocking for Act I, which is always a slow process, so I took the Powerbook from work with me, And/News loaded into it.

As a result, I got a good start on chapter 11. And considering the interruptions and the fact that I was typing on an unfamiliar keyboard (I have ergonomic ones both here at home and plugged into the notebook at work), I am quite happy with the progress I made tonight.

I have my children to thank for my ability to keep writing in the face of interruptions. I never wanted my kids to remember me as the kind of father who never had time for them because he was too busy working on his novels. So I kept the door to my office open and dealt with the interruptions as they happened. In return I was gifted with being able to jump right back into writing after an interruption… even if the interruption was an extended period of time.

The most interesting manifestation of this was an appearance I did at a Media Play store some years ago. They were having an author’s day, and wanted writers to come in and do various kinds of presentations for customers. I took a notebook computer and a monitor and sat at a table. I plugged the monitor in and pointed it out so people could see what I was writing in realtime. People would walk by, watch the screen for a bit, ask questions and move on. If I recall, I wrote about 10 pages between all of the questions.

I know that not everyone can write that way. But it’s nice to know that I can, so I can use the ability to steal some time back and write during off moments like I did tonight.

Today’s Scorecard
Chapter 11
338 pages (+5)
75357 words (+1149)