Sunday, August 4, 2013
ROW80 Sunday time travel and check-in . . .
My first entry was about Paul Kane (see entry on my travel blog for background), an amazing artist who -- in 1846 -- travelled from Toronto to Fort Vancouver in Washington State, a journey of over 3,000 miles.
I've kept travel journals every time we go on a long trip, for notes and drawings and postcards along the way, but I wanted the cover to be evocative somehow of this new story. So I dug through my collection of postcards and this postcard, "Coastal Strata" by Gloria Loughman (2010), a quilted wall hanging, just appeared. Perfect!
And so the story begins with pictures that don't quite tell me who these characters are, but jottings and ideas are a beginning. And I changed a character name. Feisty Mary Margaret (oh, beyond tedious to type) becomes the more ethnically authentic Catriona -- Cat for short. I don't care if I have to go back and edit the two previous books. Cat, a minor character in Standing Stones, is infinitely more interesting, as she takes on pantaloons and gets hired on as a servant for the Hudson's Bay Company. She may wind up accompanying Paul Kane on his adventures. Don't know yet.
Questions: Have you kept a 'novel journal'? What was most useful? How did you write it? Organize it? Use it through the writing process? Have you ever changed a character's name well into the story? Why?
Now for that ROW80 Check-in.
1. Write every day. Can't believe it. That commitment to writing 5 sentences led me to find time to write 4 days out of 6 (not counting today) and add 1,000 words. The Novel Notebook also pushed me to begin truly researching instead of thinking about it.
2. Participate in ROW80 and Story Dam. Check in ROW80 x 10. Not so good with this goal. Only 6 other entries read & commented. Persevere with this one. ROW80 is close to being the wind under my wings!
3. Continue exercising for mental health x 3. Really OK here with 2 water aerobics classes + plus a lovely walk in Manito Park of 20 minutes.
With the added care for my daughter, this has been a very intense week. I lost my camera AND a library book. I came home exhausted more nights than I can remember. But the good news is Rachel is a little better every day, and today we have an off day. So I cleaned out the car AND found both the library book and my camera. Hooray!
Kim Switzer on keeping a Novel Notebook and her blog MuseCraft.
My travel blog on Paul Kane.
More about Australian quilter Gloria Loughman
More about A Round of Words in 80 Days