Since I finished the typein I have:
* poked and prodded at a short story I started writing a few weeks ago. decided to leave it alone
* read and backed away from a 8K novelette-wannabe short story in need of massive revisions
* found (yay!) and read through all my notes on Kai’s book to refresh my (poor) (aged) memory
* started work on (re)creating the language of Ain (Kai’s homeworld) and fallen asleep to consonant blends and diphthongs floating around my head. also got very stressed out about proper names, though that was probably exhaustion talking.
* and tried very very hard not to peer over David’s shoulder as he’s reading Quartz and ask, “Where are you? Do you like it? Do you really like it or are you just saying that? If you like it, why aren’t you more enthusiastic about it?” and other such unhelpful questions
:giggles and chuckles on those last two:
I love having a major project completed. It makes you feel so good! I hope you got a little time to bask in that feeling before diving headfirst into Kai, but I can’t tell you how excited I am about her book: the story and NOW the language. I’m a sucker for languages, even more than stories. (I know. I’m a geek. :grins shamelessly: )
I’d love to say I’m DONE with something, but all I can say is I’m making HUGELY rapid progress on evaluating In This Wood for revision. I’m working this minute on scene 27 out of 63, hoping to have a first pass done by the end of the day, but coming to the sad but honest conclusion that patience is a virtue and I might have to wait until next Sunday to reach “The End.” :sighs:
Glad to hear the update. Very exciting stuff. (I’m the same way when someone’s reading my work.)
Thought about how to talk about being homeschooled, but it’s a tough thing to go back to mentally. All I can say is that it made it TOO easy when I went to a private school. I was always pretty far ahead of my level in my ability to learn–on my own. That’s the primary thing in my mind: teach kids how to love reading and how to love learning and then nothing will hold them back.
I won’t think Quartz is really finished until I send out queries. This milestone is just one more marker on a long journey. David’s been really good about powering through it and it’s hard to get into Kai knowing that his comments are coming my way soon.
As for language, I’m mostly concerned about the proper nouns of my culture. I doubt I’ll be doing any verbs or syntax or anything like that. It requires too much energy that I don’t have right now.
Good going on your revision! *cheers*
Yes, that’s what I want for my kids: to love learning and to be equipped with all the tools they need to learn.
The book may not be done, but you’re done with one stage of the process (and not a small one). That is something big and worth celebrating and you’re DONE with that stage. That’s kinda what I meant.
I have pretty few completed’s on my status page, but it was nice to see various drafts completed stacking up on the home page and I’m feeling a little better. Now, it feels doable to tackle something and finish it, even if it doesn’t mean final draft is complete.
As for the language, I don’t blame you! But it still fascinates me! You don’t have to finish out a language for it to be usable. :grins: And it’s fun, no matter how far you get into it.
Thanks, Megs. I have a hard time letting myself celebrate. I need to relax!
Yes, that list of yours looks very nice. I’m glad it’s giving you the sense of progress. Onward. 🙂