Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Shitty day

By which I mean I've spent most of the day collecting shit samples from unsuspecting lambs, mostly in the Brecon Beacons. Since it's the first paying work I've had in over a month, I can't complain too much. Tomorrow I get to go to St Davids again (to the betterment of my soul), to startle the Pembrokeshire sheep.

There's not much to say about sheepshit sampling. Each farm visit takes little more than fifteen minutes, since the farmers are all forewarned and have brought their likeliest subjects into a small yard, the easier to abuse. Thus most of the day is spent driving between farms, in an elderly Landrover with no radio.

The most positive spin I can put on this is that it gives me a lot of time to think. And some of that thinking is even productive. Today I came up with a new way to do the ending of Benfro book three, currently weighing in at a heart-attack inducing 180k and still growing. The new ending will shave at least ten kay off the total, make everything much neater and less contrived, and possibly even mean I might get the thing finished in under 200k, which would be nice. On the down side, I'll need to seed a few ideas into scenes in the earlier books, which means rewriting without getting sucked into major revisions.

Why did I ever think it would be a good idea to write a multi-part fantasy epic?

6 Comments:

Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

This post is so funny and I can't come up with one snappy comeback.

August 30, 2006 9:18 pm  
Blogger JamesO said...

Then my work is complete!

August 30, 2006 10:06 pm  
Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Why did I ever think it would be a good idea to write a multi-part fantasy epic?

Because you're a closet masochist?

August 30, 2006 10:42 pm  
Blogger Stuart MacBride said...

I'd blame too much of that there Welsh beer.

And James isn't a closet masochist - he came out of that particular wardrobe years ago. How else could you explain his fondness for the Proclaimers? Maybe that's the fault of too much beer as well...

August 31, 2006 8:37 am  
Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

Nah, I'm with Gabriele. I've met James. He's got at least one foot in.

August 31, 2006 9:29 pm  
Blogger JamesO said...

What do masochists do in the closet? Have they got some sort of rack and chains set up?

Stuart, you're the expert. You should know.

September 01, 2006 8:26 pm  

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