Monday, February 3, 2014

Champagne

I finished the first draft of Sister Soul this weekend. Writing the end of a story was a new experience, since I've known how everything would wrap up for weeks now. It was just a matter of moving to that finish line step by step.

Next: revisions.

Because the plot is more linear, I find myself able to concentrate on other elements of the writing, including subtext, character, dialog, and scene. I think this book has been what I needed to improve on some skills.

What's Peanut eating? Toothpaste. He got a good brushing last night. He's learned to tolerate me scraping his teeth with a weird bristled object.

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  1. Congratulations Davin! I hope you did have champagne. I hope I get to read Sister Soul sometime soon. Alliteration just for you.

    Mary and I spent yesterday at a nature preserve. We saw a mother owl and her owlet. Owls have no teeth.

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  2. Thanks, Scott! I didn't actually have champagne, but I celebrated by taking the night off to watch me some Downton Abby.

    I wonder if people have to brush bird beaks. I wonder if, in nature, wild animals have bad breath.

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    1. You watch Downton Abby? I need to get the 4th season.

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  3. I do know that birds drink champagne and that some of them watch Downton Abbey. Do you think Lady Edith is pregnant? I didn't get a good look at that letter she got. I'm getting tired of Mr Bates and his wife; they just keep saying the same things over and over, episode after episode. Anna: "I will never be happy again." Bates: "Yes, you will. But meanwhile, I'm going to murder the man who did this. So cheer up."

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  4. I was irked that I started reading that letter from the beginning instead of jumping down to where the juicier details might be. But I do think Lady Edith is pregnant. She has become one of the most interesting characters for me. The Bates' storyline is not nearly as fascinating. I gave up on Mr. Bates months ago when he was in jail and had to act tough.

    A friend was staying with me last weekend, and he wasn't familiar with the show. I told him the inverse of what I usually tell people about my other favorite show: "It's like Walking Dead, just without the zombies."

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  5. The Bates character is being transformed in a way that cheats. We're supposed to believe that he's capable of murder because he was imprisoned for murder. But he was wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit. So why should we think he's really tough? Just because he acted tough in prison? His "I'll kill the bastard" is just manipulation so that something interesting can happen in their subplot. It's totally cheating.

    Do you watch "Sherlock?" It's on right after Downton Abbey here. The plots on that are getting completely foolish, just one over the top set piece after another. Absolutely incoherent, just like the new Dr Who series has become. "How do we resolve the plot? Who cares? Just blow something up and call it a time paradox that resolves itself! Hooray!" It's all deus ex machina, week after week.

    Who knew Bailey watched so much BBC television?

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    1. It's kind of scary that I've imagined the two of you as guys who just didn't watch television stuff like Downton Abbey and Sherlock. I don't know why. I actually don't watch them on TV, but usually wait until they're out on DVD. By then I've heard all the spoilers and it's kind of ruined, but oh well. I can see Sherlock reaching its limit pretty soon. You can only keep up that kind of stamina in storytelling for so long before it gets worn out on the edges. And as for Bates ... he started annoying the hell out of me in Season 3 because he felt entirely too transparent to me. Looks like it doesn't get any better, eh? All of this stuff is great entertainment for my 60 minute exercise in the morning, at least, although I have now started watching Korean dramas. They're a whole new beast.

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    2. We watch TV on Sunday nights during Downton Abbey. We only watch Sherlock because it's on right afterward and we're usually too tired to switch off the TV and read a book at that point. Last week's episode was really bad, so I don't know if we'll keep it up. I don't really like being tied to a program's schedule. And after a few episodes of any show, you see how they're all the same story over and over each week, just with different hats.

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    3. I'm surprised that both of you watch Downton Abbey as well! It's fun to talk about--sorry for the spoilers, Michelle. My Sundays include Downton Abbey and then Girls. I manage to find enough energy to change the channel. :)

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    4. My aunt loves the Korean dramas! She stopped watching the Thai ones and started watching Korean, even though she has to deal with subtitles.

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    5. Eh, I'd hear the spoilers from anywhere, so don't worry about that. :) I haven't heard of Girls. And yeah, I'm really loving the Korean dramas. They make me laugh and they're kind of addicting.

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