Returning to Earth

One of the hardest parts about writing a 30-day novel is knowing what to do with yourself after it ends. Studies have shown that both men and women can suffer from postpartum depression after the birth of their child, and you shouldn’t be too surprised if you come down with a touch of the blues as you put your baby to bed.

My Advice:
Make the transition from intense creative period back to normal life easier by tackling a few of those nonessential things you’ve been putting on hold this past month. Go grocery shopping. Call people back. Make appointments. But still, no dishwashing. Please. Let’s not get crazy.

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Beowulf

I saw this with David. We saw the 10:00 PM show at the spectrum. We saw it in IMAX 3-D.

It was excellent.

The story was great, the effects were awesome, the christian subtext was well presented. The film was very violent. There was a lot of gore and general creepiness.

Th liked the magic feel to the cartoonyness of the film.

No Country For Lost Men

I saw this with Raj, Paul, David, Robert, and Steadman. We saw the 2:00 PM University showing.

It was great.

It is very violent and one of the main characters is a very crazy sociopathic serial killer. The narrator is killed in the first scene, or is omniscient, which I doubt.

The notion of genetics is very strong. The notion of chance is very strong. There is a lot going on that is really really good.

The notion of not backing down.

Landing the Craft

Once I was on a plane, smooshing my forehead against the window, watching farmlands pass in a slow-motion scroll beneath me. I was willing the plane to go faster, eager to get home, when another passenger jet shot through the airspace elow, rocketing in the opposite direction at an unbelievable speed. It took me a second to realize the obvious: We were going just as fast as teh other jet. But when you’re riding the bullet, it’s easy to lose track of speed. This is a lot like your novel. Take a second and scroll back through all you’ve written in the last 28 days. You did all that. It came out of nowhere, at a speed that would make professional writers queasy. You’ll likely hear a clunk at the end of today’s noveling session. It’s the sound of the landing gear coming down. You’re almost home, writer.

Gilding the Invisible

When it comes to ornamentation on buildings, architects tend to give up after creating the first story. The truth is, no matter ho much work they put into decorating upper floors’ facades, people just don’t notice things higher than 10 feet. (this is also the reason that towering warehouse shops like Costco or Wal-Mart don’t worry overly much about leaving their ceilings surprisingly raw and ugly.) Remember the law of the invisible ceilings when you worry that you’ve left something ruinously ugly in your book. Caught up in the sweep of your story, most reader won’t even notice the rough patches.

Use Ink

1. Use ink
2. Communicate
3. Self organize
4. ideas matter

A Moveable Feast

In the sport of ultramarathioning, racers sometimes run a hundred miles or more at a stretch. The sport’s king is Dean Karnazes, an unlikely athlete who hadn’t done any running until he dead-end life left him feeling so frustrated that he just stripped down to his underwear and ran out into the night. He hasn’t slowed down since, and now he can run more than 200 miles without stopping. On his training runs, he uses his cell phone to order pizza and cheesecake that are delivered ((and consumed) while he’s running. The lesson Dean offers monthlong novelists is clear: You can maintain focus and speed while wolfing down an oversized dessert item. Get on that cell phone, writer. Your cheesecake is long overdue.