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Art and some progress


Pill Bottles and Toothpick Holder
8 1/2" x 11"
Color Conte sticks (hard pastels)
White ProArt wirebound sketchbook paper
From life, three objects on my drafting table -- right next to my netbook. A little break from writing, the first drawing I've done since I started NaNoWriMo.

I finished Chapter 9 last night and left the scene with Grandfather Tree to be written today, which might solve how they get to meet the African lion anyway since Grandfather Tree is in Audubon Park right next to Audubon Zoo -- right next to some chain link fences dividing big cat exercise areas. The kittens could walk right up to the fences to talk to the lion or to the cheetahs that exercise in those long runs, without the distraction of a lot of human crowds.

Unfortunately that's less dramatic than what I had planned, but the cats are practical and I'm sure drama will result anyway. I can't ignore it when the cats see an opportunity better than the outline, that just never works in this book. But nothing guarantees that lion's going to cooperate. He's got every reason NOT to.

I think that's what was bugging me last night though when I was thinking about the lion scene -- if they go to Grandfather Tree they would notice the exercise area, smell that lion in it and know they don't need to actually go into the zoo. I don't like forcing characters to be stupid if there's a better path for them to take, so the previous idea of the scene wouldn't be plausible without forced stupidity. Besides, I don't know if a zookeeper would go to all the trouble of getting into a lion enclosure to fish a wet kitten out of the moat before it drowned. Or if they did, if they'd give it back to the people dumb enough to let it fall in when they don't have papers or vet records or even a collar on the kitten.
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anniefancy
Nov. 5th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Writing site
Hi Robert: Here's a site that my husband found for writing one page sci-fi stories. You've probably heard of it already, but thought I'd mention it in case you hand't:
http://www.365tomorrows.com/

I've read some of the stories and they are actually quite good.

Good luck on the nanowrimo.
robertsloan2
Nov. 5th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Writing site
Thanks for the link! It looks like it'll be some good reading. It would drive me nuts to write for it though. My happy comfortable length is Honking Big Novel, maybe 100,000 words on average. Trying to come up with an idea I can jam into one page takes all the warmup, planning, rumination and effort and then I only get to write for maybe a few minutes and it's done.

Your cat is beautiful, that's a great avatar photo.
anniefancy
Nov. 5th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I don't know which one would be more difficult - writing a honking big novel or trying to write one on one page, yipes!
robertsloan2
Nov. 5th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I don't think I can write that small anyway, not without a 6x0 Rapidograph and a magnifier. Then who'd read it and type it up? It'd still probabyl only get me a few thousand words. I don't do short-shorts, it's not cost-effective for my time and energy.
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