Monday, October 30, 2006

Ah, crap!

I was going through my worldbuilding notes on my computer yesterday, changing this, editing that, fixing the little problems with cultures that clashed where my ideas changed from when I started to when I finished--my mind does that...I think it's normal...I hope it's normal. Finally, I finished it, and sat back to read over what I'd added. I thought, Wow, I'm pretty close to getting started on this book. That was when the realization hit me.
I don't have a printer.
I've always known this. Don't get my wrong, I'm not crazy. All I do is spend most of the day playing out stories of fictional characters in my head and listening to voices. Nothing crazy about that. Sometimes, I get in a broody mood because something in my fictional world isn't fitting right, and I don't talk much for a couple of days. That's perfectly normal.
But I got off subject. What I was saying was, I don't have a printer. When this realization hit me, I let out an aguished cry of fury so loud that Dumbo--locked away in that secret Disney vault--had to put corks in his flappy ears.
See, without a printer, I can't print off my notes. Without notes, I can't write my story. The same problem presents if I write my story on the computer. I can't print it off. Besides, I can't write at home. When I'm a home, my parents, my brother, and several thousand other distractions affect the way I write, my coherency, and my concentration. So I had to hand copy all of my notes--around 30 pages!!--into what was originally meant to be my idea book, which was cast aside the minute after I said, "Okay, this'll be my idea book."
The moral: Don't tempt fate. If you say something will be, absolutly, the nasty lady will figure out a way to make it not so.
Now, back to copying things down by hand.


Aurelen said...

Alas, we are both printer-less. Isn't it terrible? Most of my book has been printed from Anne's printer, but most of my writing is trapped inside my laptop. Yuck.

You said that your ideas change in the idea process. Trust me, I get that all the time. Everyonce in a while I will run across an old idea, and say "Oh, I guess I never used that," or "Where did I get that idea?" I guess I just have so many ideas that some are left behind.

Good, I'm not the only person who hears voices! My characters are real, to me, and oftentimes, I talk back, or I see them in the hallways at school. I love being a writer. We are all destined for insanity.

*comment originally posted at Oct 31, 2006, 04:50 PM

Nellie Hardenbrook said...

Do we have another one to join us in the padded rooms?

I'm in love---in love---with one of my characters, if that's not insane enough.

Do you have a flash drive, or also called USB drive? They hold a BUNCH of stuff and you can carry it around everywhere, to use someone else printer, stealing their paper. That could help.

I agree with what you guys say. Thanks for leaving me speechless. Word stealers.

Have we found our triplet, Aurelen?

*comment originally posted at Oct 31, 2006, 09:37 PM

Jason R. said...

No, I don't have a USB drive. And even if I did, I don't have any friends that have printers that live very close. One lives 20 miles away. And Aurelen, insane people are the most fun!

*comment originally posted at Nov 1, 2006, 04:20 PM