A bunch of older pencils have reached stubby stage at once. Hard to tell without a full-sized pencil for scale, but all of these are within a sharpening or two of being retired to the shorty pile: pencil pasture.
So we're just over a week into this year's mad venture. How is everyone doing?
- I've finished off about 75 comp book pages (hopefully more by this evening).
- I'm again enjoying scribbling with pencils, finding myself most appreciative of the middle-of-the-roaders which are dark enough for easy legibility but still hold a good point: Forest Choice, possibly first in line. Ticonderogas. The older Golden Bears. Staedtler Noricas. Cedar Pointes (though these are a *little* on the too hard and not-as-smooth side) and the new Field Notes pencils.
- I have a story, which wasn't the case a week ago, and I've already been through several ups and downs on the roller coaster:
"This story rocks! It's the best thing I've ever written! Almost like real writing!"
"This is a bunch of pathetic, overwrought, repetitive garbage. Why do I do this to myself year after year?"
In other words, same old NaNo.
I also haven't made it to the gym in rather awhile because I've mostly been writing in the mornings and transcribing at night. Other excuse: I spent part of the week with a cold. Also spent another part of the week wondering if my character was queasy because I was really, truly queasy, or if I was queasy because my character was queasy. (Half the office had a stomach bug, so I did have valid reasons to wonder.) Writerly chicken or egg.
I also have to be careful not to write work e-mails and memos in my protagonist's style. Seems like this post devolved that way.
How about you? How have things been going?