Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Elephant in the Room

I'm trying hard not to focus too much on the story I have planned for NaNoWriMo, but my brain doesn't seem to get the message. It's the old Elephant in the Room problem.

I worked on Camilla this morning. Gained 2% in my word count meter -- accomplished this by fixing the Problem of the Disappearing Dog. I was rereading the beginning, and found that Camilla had a dog on leash in one paragraph, and then *poof* he was gone and she jumped into the shower. How did that happen? Which way did he go, George, which way did he go?

I got a couple thousand words out of him. Thank you Roly.

Still, I'm unable to stop thinking about Darling Liv and her unbeknownst-to-her love interest, Mike. So I ran their names through good ole Boston UK. Looks good!


Balanced and fairminded you possess the ability to use sound reason and judgement when determined and decisive action is required. Persuasive and logical you tend to be an influential figure in your circle of friends and associates. You are extremely adaptable and this is necessary as you seem to be continually being presented with decisions of a life altering nature.

For Liv, I ran all of her names and nicknames, and interestingly "LIV" came out closest to her character... since this is how I think of her (Not as Olivia or LeeLee - her families pet name for her), I thought that was kind of cool:


You are a charismatic individual with a dynamic and attractive personality. Probably not known for your caution or patience you are a risk taker who hates to be restricted in any way. Freedom is very important to you. Your thinking and intuition is strong and you have a talent for communication. You enjoy the sensual and material pleasures of life and with the application of care and wisdom you can achieve wonderful worldly success.

Then, of course, I had to run Liv's ex-fiance, Geoff (Mike calls him "Gee-Off"). I had to laugh about this one. Geoffrey didn't work. Geoff didn't do it, either. But "Geeoff"? Perfect (Mike must know him better than I do):


You have enormous vitality and originality making you a dynamic individual with great charm and sex appeal. You believe in putting one hundred per cent into all your activities of which there are many. You have potential to achieve great success in business or public affairs where your friendship and consideration of others wins you many allies. Your innate strength and determined effort is able to overcome any obstacles. Freedom is important to you.

Next came Nikki (with an "i" and don't you forget it... *giggle*). She didn't work out at all, and so will be going through a renaming:


You are fairminded, wise (NOT) and peaceloving and are always willing to help others. Your mental capabilities (WHAT MENTAL CAPACITIES? NIKKI IS NOT A MENTAL GIANT) and creativity are well marked with wonderful and original ideas (HARDLY) which you need to bring to tangible fruition. Perceptive and understanding (NO WAY) of others your positive (WELL, OKAY, SHE IS POSITIVE)approach to life and influential nature means that you have leadership qualities (ROFLOL). There is great potential for success both financially and spiritually.

So, there you have it. My elephant. I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready.... I am so ready.


Charity said...

I don't want to see you stop forward progress on Camilla, but this one you have up your sleeve sounds like fun! I'll keep my eye on Timeless Tales for any snippets you might post.

Marianne Arkins said...

No worries... I worked for hours on Camilla today and got a lot done. Still having to clean up stuff due to the change I made at the beginning... but I'm actually enjoying Camilla for a change. It's fun being revved up - even if it is about two different stories!