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Getting into work mode

Also reading Georgette Heyer. She is delightful. But very very very hard to understand. Why does she use so much 1820s slang? Even books actually written in the 1820s aren’t written like this. It actually makes the book very difficult to read, much more so, at least for me, than something like Dickens or Proust. […]

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But then again, sometimes you do just need keyboard time…

After proudly announcing yesterday that time spent conceptualizing was just as important as time spent typing, I sat down today–after a full week of thinking–and found myself unable to write the stuff I thought I was going to write. It just didn’t work. Every word of it felt wrong. The keyboard is great at detecting […]

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The goal is to write good books, not rack up a certain number of hours behind the keyboard

Every year, in December, I usually have a blog post where I share a number of my productivity stats for the year: hours spent writing; days where I wrote; number of words I wrote; etc etc. (Here’s an example, if you want one). Last year I did not do this, and I had a very good […]

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I read a book about the Russian Revolution!

The only history class I took in college (aside from economic history classes, which don’t count) was one in “Early Modern Russian History,” which ended with Catherine the Great’s reign in 1796. Other than that, all my knowledge of Russia comes from reading fiction: Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Chekhov, all the way up to Solzhenitsyn and […]

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So close to being done with this revision pass!!!

As in, literally only another day or so. Will be so happy when it’s in. Maybe then I’ll write another book. Or some short stories. Or just party. I don’t know. It’ll be good though. Vr vr vr good.

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Have finished the ‘rewrite’ part of the revision pass, am now in the ‘hoping it hangs together’ part

Well this morning I finished rewriting the ending to the book. It wasn’t a major rewrite, but it was certainly something I needed to do. I’m very pleased with it. Now comes the annoying part where I go back to the beginning and mess around with all the words and stuff. Also finished reading Jeff […]

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Coming really close to the end of this round of revision

Today I finished reading my 17th(!) book by Anthony Trollope: He Knew He Was Right. I have five more left on my to-read list: Three Clerks; The Fixed Period; Rachel Ray; Lady Anna; and The American Senator. At this point it’s really gone beyond reading for any kind of edification. On that score I’ve gotten all I can possibly get […]

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SECONDHAND TIME might be the worst possible thing to listen to at this moment

Not only is Secondhand Time full of terribly, grotesque anecdotes about living in a totalitarian regime (for example, one man, assigned to guard a freight car transporting people to Siberia during dekulakization, opened the door to find a “half-starved child eating his own shit as if it was kasha.”) but it also contains so much rage […]

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Got up so early in the morning today!

And it’s really nice. I mean, it’s nice when you know you can go back to sleep if you need to. I love the mornings. I wish I was of the age to watch Saturday morning cartoons…they still have those, right?

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Feeling slightly less panicky than I did yesterday

Okay, I’m not saying I totally got over my writing crisis, but I’m making progress.

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