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I'm going on an adventure!

Just booked my hotel. I'm off to Gettysburg tomorrow, for two days of R & R (research and writing).

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I've never worked so hard on a manuscript (or scrapped everything and started again so many times) as I have with Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework. On the bright side, I've never been so excited about an idea, or been so happy with the improvements I've made. I'm especially pleased with the results I've gotten after changing from third person pov to first.

How about you?

How's your current WiP going?

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Nov. 26th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Can we write to you at your Gettysburg Address?

And since you ask,
the only semblance of progress I can honestly report
is that I will probably be receiving a new second-hand computer later this week,
and will probably get the new wiring done within the next two weeks,
and hope to resume actual writing before year's end.
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan :)
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
o0o0o have a good time!

personally i'm frustrated....how do you know when to scrap everything and start over and when to just scrap everything?

Nov. 26th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
I sympathize, Krista.

I've never been afraid to quit on a story, but thankfully, the question never came up with ALSmH. Every time I've made big changes, it's been as a result of one of those 'You know, this would be even better if..." moments, as opposed the usual 'Oh crud, this thing just isn't working' kind.
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Point of View fixes everything.

Have fun in GB.
Nov. 26th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
'Point of View fixes everything.'

It certainly does at home. my life became so much easier once I agreed to see everything from Senior Management's point of view ;)
Nov. 26th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
Anything in particular you are researching in GB? I've got contacts with locals there, and can ask on your behalf.
Nov. 27th, 2012 06:27 am (UTC)
Thanks, Ed. I'm visiting Little Round Top and the David Wills House in particular, as well as researching the town, as it would have looked in 1863.
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Researching can be hard but so fun too. I love the title of your novel. Hope to read it one day when it's published!
Nov. 26th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Pat. I find it really hard to come up with titles after the story's in my head, so these days I start with the title and go from there.
Nov. 26th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Have fun. I love the title, too. It's so mischievous!
Nov. 26th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kat :)
Nov. 26th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I got to go 20 years ago. It was really an amazing place. Be sure to catch that house where you can see daylight from the other side, where a cannonball passed all the way through.
Nov. 26th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
After twenty years, I'm sure they've patched up the hole by now, Clint ;)
Nov. 26th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Nov. 27th, 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
I hope you enjoy yourself. It sounds like great fun and a great opportunity.
Nov. 27th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
I've ceertainly picked up a lot of excellent info on day one :)
Nov. 27th, 2012 11:05 am (UTC)
Oooo! Must be the Lincoln novel. Will you have Daniel Day Lewis star in the movie version of yours too? hehehee!

Current WIP is on hold while I finish this edit. Then it will be on hold again when I have to finish my own edit for the book coming out next September/October. Come February, it's all MY stuff. Mine, mine, mine!!!
Nov. 27th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
Lol, at least it'll keep you out of mischief for a while ;)
Nov. 27th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
Goodness! You'll be so close, relatively speaking! We're about 60 miles south of Gettysburg, closer to Antietam, actually. I know how difficult it is for you to get away, so I don't want to importune you with visits. You need to focus on feeling the history. The kid (your fan) went with her 6th grade last year and was a corporal from VA marching in the valley below the accursed Yankees with their cannons (cemetary hill, I think). She died, dramatically, with most of her classmates, some 350 kids.
Nov. 27th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
'[E] went with her 6th grade last year and was a corporal from VA...

I should think that was great fun :)
Uta Burke
Nov. 28th, 2012 10:00 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, since my father's death 2.5 months ago, my mind is blank. No ideas, well, some, but just enough to fill up a couple character sheets, no writing, no elated feelings. I'll just wait and read a lot in the meantime, coupled with daily, hourlong walks. Hope the muse comes back soon, I miss writing!!
Nov. 29th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
Reading is always fun, and it's a great way to get inspired :)
Dec. 6th, 2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome title. I hope your field trip was productive.
Dec. 6th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
It was excellent, thanks :)
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