There’s a tiny sliver of moon sneaking over the roof the house next door to us. It seems like only yesterday it was full. Maybe it still is, and this is an unscheduled eclipse. I’m a bit out of the loop on the news cycle. Certainly seems this silvered sliver of fingernail has gotten brighter in the last few minutes. (That would be dawn coming, I suppose.)
I’m listening to The Black Dog’s “You Are Strange Mix”. It’s their head clearing mix, the one they listen to in the car while traveling to a go–the sort of noises that clear out all the detritus of modern civilization’s insistence on poisoning your brain. Though, in my case, I’m clearing out the dust of sleep.
I turned in Chapter 9 of HARRY last night. Chapter 10’s about half finished and I’m closing in on 11. There’s still a great deal of research to be done (though, I think, that will always be the case with all my projects), as well as a redirect stemming from the realization that I’m not quite as clever as I had thought. I mean, I knew I wasn’t, but I had thought that I gone a little further afield. Which is certainly alright. We’re all adapting and altering what’s been done before us anyway. Being forced to reconsider my resolution to this book has been fruitful actually, and I’m very curious to see where this new direction ends up.
HARRY is a full book, by the way. I ran the numbers last night. Here’s where we’re at.
84,306 / 100,000
Pretty silly for a “little” project. It’s certainly rooted and taken over the garden this past year. I’m not complaining. It’s just been an unexpected detour. Among other things that it has taught me, it’s been the first project of new material that I’ve done since the kids have come along (SOULS doesn’t quite count, as it has been in my head in some fashion for more than a decade), and it’s been insightful to realize just how little (or how much or how precious–it is all a matter of perspective) time I have. There has certainly been a lot of stripping away things that seem to detract from the purely creative time.
Nattering on here, for one. I recently had an excuse to look over the archive of my old website, and saw a number of posts containing material and commentary that still had some use to me, so I might try to bring back a little action to the otherwise moribund LJ.
That said, the sky is lightening. Time for me to go find a train, and work on the nodes for Chapter 10 of HARRY.