Philip Brewer's Writing Progress


Tuesday, 17 July 2001

I typed up my corrections for the Bones of the World galleys and sent them off.

I started a new story, getting 380 words down. I don't know what I think of it so far. It's a new take on an old idea I've tried and failed with before. We'll see.

I almost didn't get anything written. I sat down to write, but didn't; I fiddled around with computer stuff. It was necessary computer stuff, switching back from using the iBook as my main computer to using the desktop machine, but it wasn't writing. Then, just as it was time to wrap things up and get ready for bed, I realized that I'd be too anxious to sleep if I went to bed without getting at least something written.

It shouldn't have bothered me: I often need to let ideas work themselves through in my head before I have anything useful to write. But the stories of people who produce a lot at Clarion and then can't write when they get home were too much in my head to let me sleep if I didn't get something written. So, just picked an idea from my ideal file and wrote a page and a half. I'll see what I think of it in the morning, but for now, at least, I got some writing done.

I have some cartoons up in my cube at work. Most of them mock corporate life in one way or another. I noticed today that they seem rather discouraged and gloomy. I present this as evidence that I came back from Clarion with an optimistic attitude that has persisted for at least two days.

I've been getting enough sleep! That's a great treat. I got to bed around 9:00 last night and woke up a bit after 5:00 this morning: a solid 8 hours, plus I woke up in time that I could go to the Fitness Center without having to rush.

I didn't have to drop any of the weights from what I was lifting before I came. That is probably more because I wasn't pushing myself as hard as I should have been during the spring, rather than because I got enough lifting in during Clarion. Still, it means I can pretty much pick up where I left off.

No running yet. I'll try to get that in tomorrow.


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