Small progress on “Rescue”

I was up at 5am to work on “Rescue” and begin the actual writing but I didn’t get very far. I didn’t sleep too well last night, but I also had to read a few manuscripts for the Arlington Writers Group meeting tonight and that had to take precedent this morning, since I have no other time during the day today to read them. Typically, I don’t wait until the last minute, but I’ve had my hands full. Once piece is now done and I’m about to start the next. I did manage to move my notes for “Rescue” into Scrivener and begin setting up the scene structure. I have to go through the notes and figure out which scenes to cut, which to leave in, which to alter, where to plant various seeds. That will likely be tomorrow. And then I can start writing and it will be (hopefully) smooth sailing from there.

I feel like I am procrastinating but really I am trying to take a complex narrative out of a novel and crush it down into something half it’s length. That isn’t proving to be an easy task, despite the fact that I think I have a good story to tell.

It doesn’t help that I’ve had the July 1939 issue of Astounding staring me in the face all morning. I desperately want to read more of it, but it looks like I might not have any time for it today. Even lunch is booked up.

On the plus side, I managed to acquire the September 1941 Astounding last night, for a very good price at that. I thought that would be the most difficult issue of all to acquire since it contains Asimov’s “Nightfall” and Bester’s “Adam and No Eve”. Can’t wait to get that one in the mail.