Writing Progress: Week Ending February 25, 2012

The tide comes in… the tide goes out:

Book of M:

  • Background Notes Wordcount: 526 words

Grand Total: 526 words

And this week the tide was going back out.  A combination of an extremely tough week, day job-wise, and a heavy ramp-up on the home project left me little writing time this week.  I only spent time writing on one day this week.  Every other day, by the time Dear Wife and I had finished our various home project-related tasks, I was too exhausted both physically and mentally to consider writing.

Instead, Dear Wife and I took up a little television-watching for when we did have downtime.  We just needed to kick back and let go.  Consequently, in the last two weeks Dear Wife and I burned through all 7 episodes of the first season of Downton Abbey on Netflix.  We’ve enjoyed that show thoroughly, so far. 

I must admit, though, that I was a tad bothered by the fact that one of the central plot points of the first season was based on a historical inaccuracy – which is to say that the scandal over the death of a Turkish diplomat in Downton Abbey sometime between 1912 and 1914 was quite impossible, seeing as how Turkey as a country didn’t exist until 1923.  Further, in that time the English wouldn’t have referred to Istanbul by that name, but by Constantinople (though an ethnic Turk from that city might well have called the city Istanbul).  I owe this curmudgeonly reaction, at least in part, to having visited Istanbul last year and learned a lot about the city and the nation of Turkey as a result.  But this historical faux pas is easily quelled by mentally substituting all references in Downton Abbey of “Turkish Diplomat” with “Ottoman Diplomat”.  My history-nerdishness somewhat annoyed Dear Wife, who is not as interested as I in such things, when I tried to explain all this midshow.  My own bit of TV-watching faux pas.  Mea Culpa.  Still… I enjoyed the bits of history that were sprinkled throughout the show as the season built its way up to World War I.  Anyway, as I said, we enjoyed the show quite a bit – it’s a rare show that appeals to the tastes of both Dear Wife and I.  We may end up watching Season 2, which is still available online, sooner rather than later, even though the laptop screen is not ideal for television watching.

As for the writing I did manage this week… it consisted almost entirely of killing off one of the main characters of the story.  (I’ve killed off several of them, now.)  You’d think that killing a character off might only require a couple lines in an outline.  Simply state that the character died, and maybe some notes about how and why.  In this case, though, I decided to retroactively kill the character – that is, although I was at the climax scene in my notes, I’d decided that this character was already dead before the climax.  So I had to go back and change my notes to reflect when the character died, and why.  The circumstances of the character’s death actually stretched out over several scenes. 

Anyway, now the deed is done.  And I feel that, when writing time comes my way again, I’m poised at last to outline the penultimate scene of the book – that fateful climax.  I’m very nervous about it.  In many ways this story has really come together in the outline.  But the ending still eludes me.  I won’t know it until I write down what’s supposed to happen, I suppose.  But I’m a little afraid, because I’ve put a lot into the story, and I want the payoff to be worth the investment.

That’s a bridge I’ll cross when I come to it.  When that will be I can’t say.  The first  half of this week I’ll likely be very busy putting some finishing touches on the home project, and then Dear Wife and I will likely call this, Phase I of our home project, done for now.  We dont’ have a firm schedule on when we’ll start Phase II, but I expect that will eat quite a lot of writing time when it comes.  I rather expect I’ll go several weeks without a word.  But that’s yet another bridge for yet another time.

So, how was your writing week?