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Archive for August, 2010

Greece

Rolling along, working on the Greek trip at present.

I decided to leave out the trip around the Greek islands to focus on Athens itself.

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I might go back and make a couple of very minor changes, but Portora is finished. I split the final confrontation with my nemesis from my final night in Ireland (which I moved to a new chapter). Had to rewrite the new chapter details anyway to make it come alive. Nothing quite like scrambled eggs on toast on a hangover stomach. 😉

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Slow going

Retouching “Weekend at Bernie’s” and making slow headway. Not that a lot has to be done – the writing is very good, for the most part. Just not sure if the chain of events fit together comfortably. Maybe my mood is off, too, since the chapter deals with thinking things had changed but realizing they hadn’t. The specific section feels like two distinct pieces that are linked but only very loosely. Perhaps some fresh coffee will get me sorted out. 😉

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Portora Year 3

This section feels different from the others – it isn’t as linear, for one thing. My memory of this year reflects that – things are chaotic as I’ve lost all interest in succeeding in Ireland. I just wanted to get out. Of course there were two other options open to me, but one didn’t guarantee the outcome I wanted, and the other guaranteed and outcome I didn’t want.

I’ll just have to read the whole bloody thing out loud tomorrow and go from there.

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Building momentum

Feels pretty good to plow through what I thought might be a slow grind. Such was the case with the current chapter. Turned out the biggest issue was the very beginning – once I fixed that, everything else fell into place. So far. 😉

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Small victory

Just was notified I’ve had an article published, so I’m feeling pretty good about that. Have more articles to work on, but this one small step will suffice for now.

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I’m still not quite satisfied with the round the world section – not sure if it needs a pinch of salt or maybe some sugar, but something isn’t feeling right.

So, I’ve taken a couple of days off to work on other projects. Top of the list is a video for client. Feels odd doing an American football promo when I have only the barest understanding of the game, but the results thus far have been very good. I thought I’d be adding in the visual effects today but I’m not sure they are even needed. Maybe some force lightning or an explosion. Hmm…

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Old friends

It’s always good to hear from old friends, but especially good to get back in contact with old friends that are in my book. Just the day before yesterday, while editing the Around the World section, I was thinking of my short visit to Anchorage in 1980 and how the only person I knew there was Bill Irby. Lo and behold, after a little Googling, I found a reference to him on one site, sent him a message, got a response, and now we’re in contact via Facebook. Pretty cool.

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The real test of writing comes from reading the work out loud. I was shocked to hear what mistakes got past my eyes, though when you’ve been going over the same text for long enough it becomes easy to understand why mistakes happen. Reading out loud, however, uncovers all kinds of issues, not just mistakes. I like that.

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Just finished tweaking the world tour section. Had gone down a dark path earlier but was able to find the duality again, to temper the gloom with a bit of a laugh. I mean, you gotta see the humor in bringing part of a kilo of hashish into Japan and, right before going into customs and immigration, seeing the wrapper hanging outside the radio, pinched by the battery compartment cover.

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