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Schroedinger’s Rat Lives!

I wrote the first draft of Down The Tubes in November of 2013, for NaNoWriMo. I had such a great time, too! I loved my concept, utterly and completely. I've always been fascinated by pneumatic mail systems and had a great time hauling them into my universe. I felt so very clever, and especially enjoyed launching the adventure by killing a rat.

Now, approaching two years and two drafts later, that initial thrill has worn off, and I'm seeing the manuscript through more critical eyes.

In Which My Memory Goes Down The Tubes

Have you ever written a bit of fiction, a poem, or perhaps lyrics, and then set it aside for a while, only to come back and feel as if someone else wrote the words? I'm working through rewrites and editing of book two of The Brassbright Chronicles, Down The Tubes, and I've stumbled across a passage I have absolutely no recollection of writing! There should be a word for that, right? It's like reverse deja vu for manuscripts.

Nano’ing Down The Tubes

I Nano. Do you Nano? Do you know what it is? In a nut house shell, I commit to devoting the month of November to writing a novel (50,000 words being the Nano definition of a novel.)

My first attempt was in November of 2003. I had SUCH lofty dreams. I had the most amazing concept ever! Or so I thought.

Behind The Scenes: Editing!

Usually I can't edit while listening to music with vocals - the words of the music clash with the voices of my characters. Tonight is an exception. I've been happily editing chapter five of the next Brassbright adventure, "Down The Tubes", while listening to the 1984 Talking Heads 'Stop Making Sense' live concert. I've loved that concert since forever!

I'll share the concert link. If you've never met David Byrne, do give him and his friends a listen. If you've been away from his genius for a while, it's time to reconnect.

The Perfection of the Paper Clip

I love researching the little details for a story. Yesterday I decided that a particular character in "Down The Tubes" should live next door to a paper clip factory, simply because I liked the way that sounded. But I needed to be sure paper clips had been invented in 1895. I found patent application diagram, which shows a paperclip that is identical to the classic clip we still use today.

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