Film Scores and Goat Cheese Ghosts

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I spent my workout day resting and focused instead on some stretching. No one wants to hear about that so let’s just get to the metrics.

Day 46/Day 2 PBJ – It’s not really a ghost. We have another chicken salad-wrapped crescent roll, sauteed asparagus and a Roma tomato with goat cheese and a roasted seaweed face. Some folks mistook the cheese for a happy-faced ghost and all I really wanted to do was give my cheese some character, but everyone seemed so happy with the idea there would be a ghost in my lunch, so I didn’t turn them around.

The Plastic Baby Jesii is twerking the cheese!


I started this evening’s word exercise without any idea in mind. I thought I had a few good ones at the office today, but apparently they weren’t good enough to write down and I promptly forgot them. I skimmed the interwebs for a few minutes and came across a handful which I jotted down to keep nearby for another time. With the prompt “He carried it with him everywhere”, I set my timer for 30 minutes and my goal for 1,005 words. I was rewarded 34 minutes later with pictures of kitties and Tibetan singing bowls, as well as 1,025 words of a nearly complete story.

Pandora nearly did me in, deciding to skip a few songs, cut off others and at one point inexplicably stop altogether. When I got everything restarted, I was treated to the Pirates of Caribbean Soundtracks – usually the go-to ambiance for writing, especially action scenes, but I was listening to Roy Orbison, and my mood was knocked sideways.

Yes, I plan on revisiting all of these stories at another time, and I’m a little excited that they’ll all be lovely and different.

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  • pjvj
    March 7, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Wow. I guess I didn’t realize you were creating completely different stories each sitting. I selfishly am thrilled by this while admiring your abilities at the same time.

    • little black duck
      March 7, 2014 - 9:37 am

      If I simply go over and revise what I’ve already written, I’ll spend more time editing than actually writing. Plus I write better with a ticking clock. It doesn’t give me time to throw out ideas or think about how they won’t work – I’m basically brainstorming on the fly. Probably 75% of what I’m writing is usable, and the rest is fodder for other ideas.

      If I could get my act together, I could plan out chapters and keep notes handy without going back over and inadvertently editing, and just plow ahead. The writing is usually the last thing I do at night, so I know I’m not creating my best work, but I also know the Tireds can create some pretty weird scenarios.

      • Micah
        March 7, 2014 - 11:51 am

        That’s an impressive extended word sprint! Personally I never go back and edit before writing, it bogs me down and I get nothing down. That’s why the first pass through for continuity is always such a pain in the butt. The main character goes from having green eyes to blue eyes to three eyes…

        • little black duck
          March 7, 2014 - 12:18 pm

          Ideally, I’d like to extend the single 30 minute jaunts to (2) 30 minutes jaunts, once in the morning and once in the evening. I’m still working out my schedule though. I love my downtime, but I’m not getting anything done and that’s a problem.

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