Rick's Ramblings

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Friday, November 12, 2004
It snowed a little today.

The brief snow shower ended a few hours ago, but roads had their first taste of slush, and trees were bent a bit by the little accumulation. I was chilled, not quite to the bone, but close enough. I may break down and put on the big coat, but temperatures are expected to be in the mid-40s next week.

As we say in New England: Aw, hell!

Monday, November 08, 2004
277 pages (double-spaced). 89,000 words. That's what I've got so far in my first attempt at a novel. That's the result of sixty days of writing (I've missed eight days of writing due to vacation and the World Series).

The few books that I've read on novel writing say that after you've finished (and I think I'm almost finished), you should set aside the book for a few weeks. Let it simmer. After this break, pick it up and reread it, revising it, marking it up. After making changes from this first review, set it aside again. Repeat as necessary until you can see the polish.

The one overriding thought I have: where am I going to print 277 pages?