Friday, December 23, 2005

The Days are Getting Longer

Which, for me, means more daytime to sleep through! Well, I don't feel too bad. Been fighting off a cold, and so I don't feel so indolent and indulgent letting myself sleep whenever I feel like it. I got my shifts today and tomorrow covered, so now I just have to be well enough to work on Sunday (Christmas Day and the first Day of Hanukkah). I don't celebrate Christmas, so it's no biggie for me to work the morning shift. That way I can get uptown in time to light Hanukkah candles with my parents. Also, I'd hate to drag someone in to work last minute who does celebrate Christmas.

My b/f sent me a book. The Underminer. It's very funny. It's written by performance artist Mike Albo and TV critic Virginia Heffernan. It will certainly help you identify the Underminers in your life - and perhaps illuminate the times you've been one. I'd love to see Albo perform in person. He's based in New York.

Have also been reading The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon. I'm only a short part of the way through, but it's incredibly thought-provoking whether you've ever experience depression or not.

I'm now at about 20,000 words on my one WIP. I'm quite happy with that, even though technically I'm behind my set quotas. I've also nearly stalled completely, 'cause I just don't know what's going on with my plot. I've been writing out a screenplay-style "treatment", which has mainly reinforced that yes, my plot is really... unexciting. And I don't think my subplot is working either. I'm very tempted to let other people look at it and solicit help, but I also feel like I should be able to get through this on my own. Hmmm... I'm hoping I can churn out another 1500 to 3000 words or so, and maybe find a way to move forward.

Happy Holidays to anyone who stumbles here.


Nadia said...

Hi! Funnily enough I'm also reading The Noonday Demon. Or, I should say, I got 2 chapters into it last summer,& then school hit & I haven't had a chance to read any more. I probably will read the whole thing though, as it relates to what I'm allegedly planning to do my dissertation on. The bit I've read so far is amazing.

JuliaMazal said...

Hey! Yes, I've stalled too. It'll take me some time to get through it. It's not the kind of book I'm going to read in one sitting. Oh - remind me to give you "The Life of the Mind" by Hannah Arendt. You can always shellac it and use it as a really intellectual paperwheight if you don't want to read it!