Snowman Button (final)

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly hop/meme with four simple headings. Anyone can write a post and add the link to Jaime’s blog or Erin’s blog.

What I’m Reading

Still spending lots of quality time with the book I can’t name till my A to Z theme reveal for my names blog. This is one of my desert island books, and having a proper, modern translation has made all the difference in the world in loving it even more.

What I’m Writing

I’ve completed Chapter 114 of Journey Through a Dark Forest, and updated the table of contents yet again. Now there are 118 planned chapters plus the Epilogue. I think Chapter 115 will be another short chapter (by my standards). I’ve reached the 850K mark, and really, really hopeful my new 875K guesstimate will be my final prediction. Perhaps I can publish it in four “knots,” the way Aleksandr Isayevich, of blessèd memory, did with his massive Red Wheel saga.

Anastasiya really surprised me at the end of Chapter 114. After all the awful things she’s done and said over the last thirty years, she finally has a moment of humanity and thinks of someone other than herself when she’s forced to hold her grandson for some photographs after his baptism. She notices Rodimir (Rodik) strongly resembles her, and this in turn reminds her of her mother and grandmother. Finally, she’s crying for someone other than herself, and thinking of how this child is the eternity of her ancestors. She leaves to buy some gifts, and begs for family peace and a relationship with her grandson when she returns to the party.

My goal for this week is to finish Chapter 115. It’ll be set on Orthodox Christmas 1948, sort of a transition into the last few chapters.

What Works for Me

Learning how to write third-person omniscient which works well in the modern era is a delicate dance. I’ve got a post coming up in March about how NOT to write this POV, using eleven specific examples (e.g., God-mode; political, religious, social, or cultural commentary; making value judgments on characters; telling the reader how to think, feel, and react). They’re illustrated with examples from my own early drafts, with the date I wrote each in parentheses. This POV is much more flexible than first-person or third-person limited, but you still can’t jump all over the place with it or misuse your all-knowingness.

What Else I’ve Been Up To

I went back onto my old computer to get both version of my résumé (though the job market in my area is pretty dismal), and while I was there, I used Word 2004 to open, convert, and reformat the 14 files of my eighth Max’s House book. Once again, there was bizarre data migration in the converted files. This has happened to a number of other files I created in MacWriteII, lines from other files which aren’t even on that disk, and even strings of words I taught the spellcheck on the ’93 Mac. I’d love to know if there’s a logical reason for this!

It’s always a headache to reformat these converted files, since there are so many floating and misplaced text blocks I have to copy and paste back into their proper place, as well as unnecessarily duplicated lines and words, and then all the gibberish characters. Meanwhile I barely had a problem with the ClarisWorks files I converted and reformatted.

I’d seriously love to move back to Pittsburgh (particularly since Pitt’s library school is so much better than Albany’s), but with this brutal winter, I’m once again tempted to move to Florida, where my aunt and surviving grandparents live. Pittsburgh is in my blood and bones, but I’d love nothing more than never having to deal with snow and ice ever again.

13 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. I understand about the winter weather. Up in Ontario myself, and always wondering why I live somewhere so cold and snowy, since I am definitely not a winter fan.

    Your POV post sounds interesting!


  2. I really like 3rd person omniscient. I read a book this last week that was written in 3 person omniscient present tense though, and it made me want to stab things. Badly. I hope you’re talking about past tense. =)


    1. I write in both past and present, though I do more past than present. For some reason, it might seem like I write more present than past, since my longest books are in present tense.


  3. I like to read 3rd person omniscient but I can’t pull off writing it, but that’s okay…we all have our strengths and weaknesses. 🙂 Your book is so long and you’ve been writing it for such a long time that I wonder what editing it will be like. When that time comes, I wish you all the best. 🙂 I’d probably lose my sanity. 😛


    1. I possibly loved that computer even more than my family’s first computer, the 1984 152K Mac, since it was eventually mine for about four years. I only had the 152K Mac as my own computer for about a month before it sadly short-circuited, in October ’93. I had so many wonderful memories with the ’93 Mac, and it was with me during my very difficult junior year of high school.


  4. Florida does sound pretty good, these days and we don’t even have it as bad in Maryland with the weather 🙂 Looking forward to hearing about your A to Z theme 🙂


  5. You should live in Florida. 🙂

    I had a hard time switching from a word processor–saving in ASCII–to a PC. I threw out all of my floppy disks in the late ’90s. I probably threw out a few gems in the way of scenes and characters, but I didn’t need most of it.


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