Weekly Recap – May 10th, 2013
The weather was strange this week. It would rain buckets at night and the following day, the sun would shine through a cloudless sky. Not that I’m complaining. The tomatoes and strawberries that we’ve been growing have been happy. I’ll try to snap some photos of the strawberries this weekend. A couple of them are turning a magnificent red. The tomatoes need another month or so. This the first time we’ve tried to grow anything ourselves and it’s more fun than I anticipated!
I took some advice from Nancy Kress’s Beginnings, Middles and Ends and have begun writing opening scenes from the POV of all of the major characters in my novel. The idea is that this will help solidify the best person to tell the story through before you get halfway through the middle and change your mind. So far, I have one scene down with eight more to go. I’m really enjoying the nice change of pace from plotting and character bios.
My current research read is History of the Sierra Nevada. It’s essentially a compilation of essays that have been published in the Sierra Club newsletter. Some of the information is a little dry, but there are lots of nuances about the environment during the time period I’m focused on. I would have easily missed some important information if I hadn’t found it here. The book has already helped flesh out some scenes and inspire a couple of new ones. I would classify this book as one best suited for illustrating the landscape – fauna and flora, technology, etc.
With the novel moving along well, I’m struck with a conundrum: to write another short story or not? I still have an idea running around in my head that I mentioned about a month ago. I sent it to the quiet room a couple of weeks ago, but once in awhile, it bangs on the door in search of attention. I’m just afraid that I will neglect my novel if I spend any time on it.
Do you guys work on multiple projects at once?
Have a great weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day.