Monday, February 1, 2010

Housecleaning, Feb. 1, 2010

Several items here:

1. I'm having a lot of trouble commenting on various blogspot blogs recently.  I can sometimes manage it if I use my laptop, but my main 'puter doesn't even pop up a comments box for me.  I suspect that it may be the spam-and-porn blocker installed on the main 'puter, but I'm not taking that down - I have kids.  OTOH, there are some blogs I never have trouble with.  I don't know what the diff is.  Also, I've recently done some esoteric adjustments that supposedly should prevent people from having trouble commenting here, but I don't know if they worked.  If you've tried to comment since Jan. 29 and weren't able to for some reason, please drop me a note at malsnano86 at gmail dot com.

2. I am completely snowed under with samples at the moment.  Completely.  While this is actually a very delicious crisp pickle, a pickle it is.  I'm not going to be able to do any more swaps for awhile until I strap my head on very tightly.  Sigh.  If I've already emailed you about swaps, I'll finish those because I've already budgeted time for them.  But I can't add any new ones for... oh, gosh... at least several weeks.

3. As I may have mentioned once or thrice before, I didn't actually... um... finish my NaNoWriMo novel this past November, and have set aside the month of February to complete it.  It's mostly written, but there are several holes to patch, and I'm still having difficulties with the timeline.  (The timeline thing is my fault, mostly.  If the relevant bits of story take place over 25-30 years or so, how do you incorporate past and present? Flashbacks are cheesy.  There's the diary option, which might be pressed into service, given that my protagonist is an English-lit professor who presumably might be a journaler.  Then there's just the possibility of telling the story straight out, with gaps when nothing really happens, but that's disjointed.  This stinks.)  In any case, I'll be drastically reducing my posting frequency here at the blog to twice a week.  Don't worry, I will be back.

Image is Housecleaning by moline at flickr.


SignatureScent said...

Good luck with working on the novel. It sounds incredibly complex. Look forward to reading it sometime soon!

ChickenFreak said...

My NaNoWriMo novel is not so much as novel as fifty thousand words of rambling, with the many segments occasionally (but only occasionally) tied together with the plot equivalent of string and chewing gum. In other words, it's not even connected enough to _have_ holes; a hole requires a more or less linked fabric.

In case that makes you feel any better, see.

SignatureScent said...

Now that's just modesty talking. I bet it's great, and I hope you're enjoying writing it.