Thursday, December 12, 2013

Abstract Thoughts: I Think You Mean an Ingenious Idea

Brilliance from Idea Salesman
Good grief! I finally talk Renee into letting me have my own weekly feature on the blog (alright, fine, it's not really my own weekly feature, since I have to share it with two other abstracts, but it's still more dedicated internet space than I've ever managed to finagle before) and I fumble the very first pass by getting my post up late.

Sorry. That was a great set up, IE. Hit me right in the numbers. Totally my bad. I didn't have my head in the game.

I could blame that hulking 2000-pound blocker of a cold that's taken over Renee's whole freaking life lately, but I really should have seen him coming. What with it being winter and Renee being one of these "why do I need to put on a coat and shoes just to run outside real quick?" people.

Because it's only -9 degrees out there and snowing, woman! And you have the immune system of a... well, someone with a really weak immune system. Like a premi baby or an old person or something.

I don't know. I'm intangible. I don't really know how immune systems work.

The last week or so has been pretty much non-productive. Renee is having a really hard time getting back into Familiar and all the mucus and fatigue isn't helping matters. There was some discussion of forfeiting, just chucking the whole thing into the graveyard and moving forward with Guardian instead, but we talked her out of it.

We know what's wrong with the first half. We were too focused on defense, on not letting the damn subplots run out the clock on us, and keeping that hotshot witch and his ego from jamming a big old I in the middle of our TEAM. We played our offense too conservative, making the plot all about the running game, bashing and smashing our way up the field and never giving our main character the go ahead to just let the damn thing fly. Nat has one hell of a throwing arm and we might as well have had her in a straightjacket. We got battered ugly and everything took too long for us to put any real points on the board.

Is editing it going to suck? Yes. But that doesn't mean it won't be worth it. We've been working on this book for a long time now and these characters deserve the chance to play all four quarters. We can turn this game around right now. We can do better with the second half. It doesn't matter who's wining at halftime. At the end of the day, the winner at the end of the fourth quarter is the only one who gets a tick in the W column.

Sorry about all the football talk. I beat that metaphor to death, I know. What can I say? It's the end of the regular seasons and I'm all excited about bowl games and playoffs. It's taking up a big chunk of my focus right now.

Anyway, I wanted to get some kind of post up here, just so Renee would know I was taking this seriously. I don't want her to get the idea that she can replace our posts with knitting tips or a dream diary or something.

Renee, you can't do that. It would be wrong. And really, really not interesting for your readers. I don't think bots dream and I'm pretty sure they don't have fingers.

Speaking of ideas for the blog, I'm going to make another push for expansion in a few months. We're up to three posts a week now and I talked Renee into a goal of four before the end of next September. Fiction posts and giving us our own space were easy choices. Writers write stuff, so there's always plenty of that, and we abstracts are funny enough that even Long-Suffering Husband looks forward to our posts. But pretty much everything else she puts up here is writing advice and there's only so much writing advice an unpublished novelist can really put out there. I gotta say, I'm a little stumped. Anyone have anything in particular you'd like to see Renee add to the blog?

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