10/19/16

Butt in seat: 0358 (The dog woke me up early).

Word count: N/A

Focus: World-building and plotting; prep for NaNoWriMo

Comment: Despite waking early, thanks to the furry beast that wouldn’t settle back down, I had a hard time ramping up to work this morning.  I found myself floating around the internets instead of writing.  Perhaps this is because I did not have a specific writing goal for today.  Wing-it = surf’s up?  So, I decided that I needed to come up with a production schedule.  I started to sketch out the schedule but it isn’t settled quite yet (and hence won’t yet be posted here).  I also spent about an hour and half world-building and plotting.  Right now, the game isn’t about word production, it’s about prepping for maximum productivity during NaNoWriMo.

10/13/16

Butt in seat: 0506

Word count: 779

Focus: Rework intro beats to be more historically accurate.

Comment: Both yesterday and today, I rode the exercise bike for 10 minutes before sitting down to work.  It seems to get the blood, and ideas, flowing.  I also listed to music while writing (Amazon music, alternative channel) and rather liked it.  Seems like I’m honing in on a decent morning routine.

10/12/16

Butt in seat: 0505

Word count: N/A

Focus: Research

As I mentioned yesterday, it is painfully obvious that I need to do more research.  So, I spent most of today reading through various sites related to pre-colonial Pokanoket culture and history.  Not surprisingly, the events sketched out in the current draft need reworked to improve their historical accuracy.  As it now stands, I’ve put both Epenow and Pechmo in the wrong geographical locations!  Moreover, I could not find any historical equivalent to the pneise trials and winter relocation practices described in the current draft.  While those ideas may be consistent with a general (mis?)understanding of Native American culture, I should be more careful to avoid such generalities.  So, my intent is to tie the early events in this story to actual historical practices of the Pokanoket tribes on Noepe (Martha’s Vineyard).

My short term plan will be to continue researching while sketching out key dialogue and action scenes that occur after Epenow’s capture with an eye towards amassing the research and story skeleton necessary for a productive NaNoWriMo in November.

10/11/16

Butt in seat: 0527  (a little late today)

Word count: 982

Focus: Rough draft of scene two, the departure ceremony, added to Chapter 1 text.

Comments:  It’s clear that I need to do more research on Native American (especially Wampanoag) customs, clothing, etc.  But, I can’t let this stall progress in writing.   A balance is necessary.  I can always polish details in future drafts.