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02 May 2013 @ 10:31 am
HOMG, what a couple of days.  Saturday I was at 20 pages and ended up cutting and pasting, revising, revamping quite a bit from some weird interstitial like 1.5 draft I had worked on in the fall, and ended the day with 70 pages, and was like, I can totally do this!  Sunday I was full of ennui and wrote like 2 pages.

Monday I wrote in the morning before work, then we had a write-in at writer's group, and I was up to 85 and feeling pretty good about it.

Tuesday I was too busy at work to get any writing done, ate dinner with my Gamps, and then went to my sister's last band concert.  I didn't get any done at all.  So I'm sitting on page 85, the deadline's the next day, and I know I'm going to be writing the bulk of it from scratch.  And knowing my outline, I knew I was going to be right at 120 pages.  There was no way I was going to be able to write 35 pages in one day, not with a full work day and all.

So I went to bed early Tuesday night, telling everyone, "It's no big deal, I'll get it done by June 1 for Austin Film Festival.  But it's not going to get done by tomorrow."

But when I woke up yesterday morning, I was just like "NO, FUCK IT, I AM DOING THIS BECAUSE I AM AWESOME," and I sat down at my kitchen table and just got cracking.  I was up to 95 by the time I left for work.  And then work was like the perfect storm of being able to write.  We weren't busy AT ALL.  I wasn't on the desk in the afternoon and just sat and wrote; then one of our computers was down, so the three of us on desk from 5-9pm had to rotate, so I had another hour off-desk, and I wrote.  Then on the desk it was quiet as houses.  By the time I left work, I was at 112.

Came home, actually did manage to steal a few scenes from earlier drafts - with extensive reworking, but still, every little bit helps - and finished up right at 11pm.  An hour to read back through for typos and inconsistencies - of which I caught several, including my favorite, "The quiet suburban neighborhood is quiet."  Made the PDF, sat down, went through the submission process, and was done by 12:15am.  And the deadline wasn't until 1:59am!  I had loads of extra time!  (And actually, although I was exhausted, I was also so keyed up that I couldn't fall asleep for another hour, heh.)

So it was pretty crazy, really, and my head still feels weird.  I have tomorrow off because I work this weekend, and let me tell you, I ain't doing SHIT.

Tonight I drink!
Halima: ★ eye on minbari?cartography on May 2nd, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
Woah, impressive! Well done, you!
Shannon: b5 delenn halfkungfuwaynewho on May 6th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! (I've just now recovered.) Although it's kinda like, shit, if I ever did get the chance to write for TV, this is what it would always be like! Except I presume I wouldn't also be doing a 40 hour a week job, too, so maybe not so bad.
Halima: ★ every time i say nocartography on May 6th, 2013 11:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I would imagine that once you do get a chance to write for TV (and I have no doubt that you will, eventually), that will be your 40 hour a week job. Hopefully, anyway.
muse_scribbles: lime kittymuse_scribbles on May 2nd, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
That's fantastic! I hope your day off is a restorative day after the writing sprint.
Shannon: catskungfuwaynewho on May 6th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! A restorative day off, yes, followed by several restorative evenings, hee. (I mean I drank booze.)
dunderklumpendunderklumpen on May 2nd, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)


Shannon: brangelinakungfuwaynewho on May 6th, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)

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Holly: Stock - iharthdarth squee!hollywobbles on May 3rd, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
I am srsly impressed that you managed to pull that off. *applause*

Also, I am tres excited to see you on my flist again! Shannon updates are the best! \o/
Shannon: tng picard starskungfuwaynewho on May 6th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
Me, too! Especially after I basically gave up on it Tuesday night, oop. Now that I've had a few days to recover, it's back in the saddle again.

D'aw, thanks. I've gone bright red.

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Martinela_loony on May 5th, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
Wow go Shannon!

Hope you relaxed properly over the weekend^^
Shannon: fringe live longkungfuwaynewho on May 6th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
I relaxed SO MUCH. I mean, I had to work, but when I wasn't working, I was reading, watching TV, and writing fic. Beautiful.