So after logging 1011 on Sunday and a whopping 1920 on Monday, Tuesday ended up being a non-writing day. Which was fine. I have some of those built in after all. I had a seminar for the first half of the day that absolutely shut my brain down, and I don’t think I ever really woke up after that.
What I DID do was some worldbuilding, making notes on an alternative history for a future plot bunny. I realized this week that the post apocalyptic YA trilogy I thought of earlier this year would be far better suited to a western steampunk in an alternate history timeline than what I’d originally envisioned. It is, to my mind, a lot easier to create a whole other world and history than to figure out the legitimate science of why the electricity went out and stayed out–plus I got less interested in that side of things since Revolution came out. So yeah, my plot bunny got some goggles!
It’s a big world I’m creating, one with a lot of possibilities for conflicts. It’s kind of a new thing, this notion of starting with the world rather than characters. It’s not usually how my brain works. I mean, I do have a couple of characters, but changing things to steampunk slightly changes what I originally had sketched out as a plot, and I wasn’t so wedded to that notion that I couldn’t change. What I anticipate doing over the next few years (yeah, that’s right, I said years–that’s how many things are in the pipeline to be finished before I could touch this project–three other YA novels in addition to the one I’m writing now–AND some adult work) is some character sketches and perhaps some short stories and/or novellas to explore the world more fully. Because it’s a HUGE world. And I have to sort out alternative histories, how society developed with these different experiences, what kinds of social issues are going on, what kinds of political conflicts are going to arise, how the technology will have developed–and because I’m me, I have to figure out how the paranormal figures in to things.
I’m picking up a few reference books on life in the West and the 1800s. And of COURSE now that I decide I want to do this, I’ve already gotten rid of the behemoth tome The American West by Dee Alexander Brown that I had to read in my AP US History class. THIS! THIS is why I moved 40 boxes of books! Because I don’t ever like to get rid of them because you never know when you might need them! Of course I don’t remember actually LIKING The American West, but I figure that was largely because it was required reading and I hated almost everything I HAD to read. Anyway, if you have any suggestions for very readable, interesting books on the history of the American West, particularly the women of that era and location, let me know.
On the Operation G.I.T. front things have not been going awesome. I fell off the band wagon about a month ago and bought a box of Reduced Fat Cheese Nips. I know it doesn’t sound like much but I don’t USUALLY eat much in the way of processed foods and…it just started a chain of not good food decisions that culminated in a boatload of hormonal sweets noshing last week. So I’m trying to get back on the wagon and back to my veggies and fruits and whole foods. Because it is absolute truth that if you eat processed crap, you crave processed crap. And my body feels kind of ick.
Through all of this I’ve been exercising regularly, but the weather has kept me from running as consistently as I’d like. I don’t think I’ve had a 3 run week in over a month. Wish it would just rain at night. I’ve been sticking steadily with the 3 mile length. Did it in 13 minute miles this morning (avg), which doesn’t totally suck but I definitely felt like I’ve backslid a bit from not being able to get in all 3 runs a week. But I’m persevering!