Why oh why didn't I give him a pith helmet?

Chapter 2 has nothing whatsoever to do with Chapter 1. I'm not even sure if they take place in the same town. But now I have four characters and have introduced Drake Ethiopia!

He had people he could pay to come up with witticisms for him; he was an adventurer and adventuring was what he knew. Drake had returned from Nepal that very afternoon and was scheduled to give a speech about his climb up Mount Everest at a benefit for… He consulted the invitation in his hand. The Society of American Archivists? What the hell was an archivist, anyway?

There, have a taste of my genius. Or whatever that was. I'm up to 1706 words when I should, apparently, be up to more like 2500 or 3000 by now. Drake's entertaining the archivists, Nelson's kicking his heels up outdoors and Timothy The Drunken Clown and his sister Olivia are tucked into their respective beds. As I soon shall be myself.

srah - Wednesday, 2 November 2005 - 11:11 PM
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Comments (9)

gravatar Cari - November 3, 2005 - 12:39 AM -

Leave it to you to write a novel that mentions archivists. Will there be a real archivist as a character by chapter 15?

gravatar Jamie - November 3, 2005 - 1:34 AM -

Wow, you beat me again. This is going one hell of a race. Maybe you can help me write more than the 2,000 or so words I managed to pull out of myself after long sturggles last year.

gravatar srah - November 3, 2005 - 7:11 AM -

I haven't decided what will happen at any point in the future. Actually, I haven't even thought about it. But since I'll probably be noveling drunk by then, I'm sure there will be scores of pirate archivists or something.

gravatar alfie - November 3, 2005 - 9:16 AM -

I wish I had your ability. I still have to follow up on the dare you made me take five years ago, or something.

gravatar katie - November 3, 2005 - 1:33 PM -

I think Olivia should be bereft of love until one days she meets the most wonderful man and falls in love, only to discover that he is, in fact, married but doesn't wear his ring because he works out a lot and it doesn't fit.

gravatar srah - November 3, 2005 - 3:27 PM -

Yes. And she's a warty old hag.

gravatar katie - November 3, 2005 - 11:38 PM -

Why do I feel as if there's subtext to that comment...?

gravatar srah - November 4, 2005 - 8:20 AM -

Goblin, rather. Sorry, I'd forgotten. Just another example of the inconsistencies in my novel. That's what National Novel Editing Month is for!

gravatar Noor - November 5, 2005 - 9:39 PM -

hey! why aren't there any HCI people?!?

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