Reading and writing

I did manage to get about 1,500 words written yesterday on my NaNoWriMo project, which is better than nothing, but still leaves me behind the curve after the first five days of the contest. I’ve got a total of 6,000 words when I should have a total of 8,300. I need to do about 4,000 words today to catch up, and I’ve already screwed that up.

Last night, I finally figured out to make another story that I’ve been trying to write work. Back in February, I blogged about a story idea I’d gotten listening to a particular Coldplay song. In the last 10 months, I’ve made a dozen or more false-starts on the story. Last night, however, it finally clicked in my head how to start the story and how to make it work. Overnight, the idea really caught fire with me, and so when I got into the office this morning at 6:30, instead of working on the NaNoWriMo novel, I wrote the first 800 words of the new story, which has a working title of “Situational Awareness” (but that will likely change). I know I should have spent those 800 words on the novel, but this was one of those times when I had to go with my gut. The story was burning a hole in my pocket and I needed to get it started, lest I lose the zing I felt. I’m very pleased with what I wrote this morning, and I have more or less the full flow of the story in my mind now. I’m still hoping to get a chunk of the NaNoWriMo novel written today. I have some time carved out between 5 and 7 PM. We’ll see how that goes.

I gave up on Startide Rising last night, after getting through the first 100 pages or so. It’s not a bad book, but it’s not what I was looking for and I knew that it would pall on my pretty quickly. Instead, I’ve picked up Gregory Benford’s In the Ocean of the Night, which looks promising. We’ll see.