March 4th, 2010

The Inferior

I finished reading Peadar's book last week and I've been...ahem, digesting it.

I really liked it.  It was definitely different.  I've never read a book by someone I know and that was an interesting experience.  I guess I've been talking to Peadar online for close to a year now, so I have this Peadar image/impression in my head from different comments that he's made on posts.  And, as I was reading, I kept getting knocked out of the story because it was so Peadar.  I'd have to stop, laugh, then continue on.  It was a wonderful experience.  I'm never going to be able to look at that icon of his where he is eating a foot again with anything like a straight face.  That icon kept appearing in my head throughout the whole book.

I will definitely read it again and I recommend it to everyone.

Thank you, Peadar, for a job well done.

Manda's March Madness Update

So far I've been doing really well on March Madness.  My ADD, piscinean brain (the two confused fish going in both directions at once) is in full swing.  Not only am I working on one project, but two. 

No, I don't know why.  It just sort of happened.  I was emailing with someone about my UF vampire idea and my brain went piiinnggg. And, I decided that story was A Good Idea to work on for MM instead of my WIP.  I pulled up all my old notes and found that I'd already started writing the story - totally forgot about that.  There was still a lot of research to be done and after several hours I realized how much.  I had a generalized story idea with some uniqueness, but that was about all.

I have trouble getting from point A in a story to point Z.  Usually, I'm a pantser and I find that I tend to waffle around a bit, getting lost in storyland without any direction.  That's when the frustration sets in and I quit. 

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results, so I did something different and jumped off the outlining diving board.  I plan on outlining, writing index cards, making flow charts, whatever it takes to approach the UF in a different manner.  It's my test gerbil.

At the same time I am revising my WIP using the good old pants method.  I cranked out another 1000 words today (I'm having to insert a new section), so that makes a whooping total of 2042 on my WIP in the last two days as well as making a broad outline, researching, and two days of brain storming with my sciency roommate on the logistics of vampire viruses and Babylonian mythology on the UF.

I've let my left brain and my right brain have a play date.  When I get tired of thinking with one side I switch to the other, and another project, for a completely different venue.

I'll let you guys know how it works out.  This could be the worst  possible of experiments.