I called in sick to work on Monday. PM was pissed off, but I figure that if all I was able to manage was about four hours of being awake, then a four hour nap, then two and a half hours being awake, then falling asleep for the night -- and most of those waking hours were spent sitting down -- it's probably good I wasn't at work. (Aside from the whole snot machine effect, plus the low grade fever, plus the sore throat, plus the killer headache, plus the joint aches and lack of balance, of course.)
Tuesday was not a lot of fun, since I was still recovering and shaky, and BW was not much better, but we survived. We also both forgot to punch out at the end of our shifts, but whatever. And today I am more or less okay again -- still a bit stuffy and a little watery around the knees, but functional. And I am back on caffeine, which, after three days forcibly unhooked from my wonderful, wonderful chemical best friend, made me ever so slightly
WIRED!!! while at work. Which I am sure was fun for everyone around me. *bright smile*
On my way home from work, I bought an ice cream cone, because it was just that hot. I mean, the magnolias outside the court house are blooming. In March. IN ITHACA. WHICH IS NOT GEORGIA, SO WHY ARE WE GETTING GEORGIA'S WEATHER?!?!?
Anyway. Moving on!
Tonight I have been successfully fighting my NBB! Wordcount is now 15,000-ish. I am assymptotically approaching the battle -- first there are pursuit scenes I need to get through. I also took half an hour and cleaned up the closing scenes a bit, to bring them more in line with character development that has occurred in the front sections of the story. So a couple of Ilgamuth's exchanges with Rabadash make more sense now, his horse has a name, and his reactions to Tashbaan are shaded by his previous reactions to Azim Balda and Had Ordjah rather than being all "country boy sees a city for the first time, wow!!!" which doesn't quite work when he's been in two large cities already. (This is why I don't like writing stories out of order. I always end up creating glitches like that.) My goal is to finish the battle tonight, write the aftermath and politics tomorrow, and dump the whole mess on an unsuspecting beta on Friday.
...I think that would be metonomia
? But if anyone else is willing to tell me where I'm being stupid, please feel free! I promise I do not bite! (Actually, if anyone wants to read what I have now, complete with the gaping hole in the middle that is basically two paragaphs of italics to the effect of "stuff goes here eventually," I am more than willing to send it to you! The sooner I know what scenes I am missing, the more time I have to write them, after all!)
...And suddenly I realize there are a scary number of exclamation points in this post, so I think I had better stop typing before they breed. *wry*
15,500, yay! Some of that is digressions on local topography, but that is totally relevant to the mechanics of the chase scene, so whatever.ETA 12:30am:
16,000! I ended up eliding the battle for perfectly reasonable reasons, but hopefully the chase scene makes up for that. Also horse stuff. Lots of random horse stuff. (Why are there so many horses in this story???) Anyway, tomorrow I will write the aftermath and politics and stuff, which will include at least one more female character in a speaking role of any note, bringing my grand total to... three. *headdesk* Such
a male-centric story.