Monday, August 31, 2009

Chat Hangover

In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge. ~Colette


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I have chat hangover.

We had SO much fun at the chat -- I've never had hours pass so quickly. But, holy moly, the craziness!

Then, last night when we were finally officially done, and I closed the computer and crawled to bed, I could NOT get to sleep. I laid there. And laid there. And laid there.

I thought about my WIPs...

Should I add the new character to Stiller Creek, and what do I really know about police departments and forensics and crime? Maybe I should just trash the whole thing? Maybe I shouldn't have the hero be a cop? Maybe the original bad guy shouldn't be bad... but then, how does that affect the ending?

Should I get back to writing "A Jewel for Geoff"? What if Geoff leaves the law firm where he works and goes out on his own? Then how would I include info about Liv? Would he do something like that? What if he quits law altogether and does something completely different? How would that impact the story?

In "Playing House", maybe I should change the story back to where my hero isn't engaged to someone else when the story starts. Maybe he should only be dating Audree. This story is actually finished, so do I really want to change an integral plot point and then have to completely rewrite the entire thing?

What about Camilla? Is there a way I can have Jed have to live in her place without wounding him, since that's what hangs me up?

And...

... for two hours I thought about this stuff. Mulled it over. Felt like I should get up and write things down. My brain was a ping-pong ball, all over the place.

Finally, though, I crashed. Yay.

And then woke up at 3 a.m.

Yes, really. I laid in bed for an hour, certain I would get back to sleep, but the brain was awake again and singing to me. Yes, I had a song in my head ("Who Says You Can't Go Home" by Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles, and no I don't know why) and it repeated until I thought I'd scream.

I got up. It wasn't like I didn't have work to do.

But... dear heavens I am tired.

How was your weekend?

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10 comments:

Dru said...

Sounds like you were still on an adrenaline rush. I dropped in a couple of times - didn't say anything though.

Sounds like you also got some ideas about how to progress with your WIP. Good luck with them.

I hope you can sneak in a nap.

Have a great Monday.

MomJane said...

If you read my blog you know how my weekend was. Still I was able to sleep, off and on, last night. Hope you make it through the day.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Wow. I'm tired for you! I wanted to read before bed bit as soon as my head hit the pillow I was out. (And I woke up at 7:40!!) That's late for me. :)
Had a nice beach day yesterday, so maybe that's what made me me so tired.

Anne-Kathrine said...

LOL that happens to me all the time not about writing books since I don't but about things I need to do and worry about things I can't control lol.

Diane Craver said...

I've had that problem with thinking about my writing and not being able to sleep.

Sorry you didn't get much sleep. Glad the chat went so well.

I have a bad cold so weekend not fun - took a nap Sunday afternoon.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Sounds like I missed something...

I hate insomnia. Get some exercise today and I hope you sleep better tonight! And lots and lots of water.

Tori Lennox said...

Holy smoke! I'm tired just reading this post! Hugs!

Brandy said...

Sounds like a fun time with the chat! Sorry to hear you weren't able to sleep. I am very familiar with that condition. *G* I hope you get some rest today. Wishing you a peaceful and conductive day!

Charity said...

Feel free to throw things at me, but ...

This story is actually finished, so do I really want to change an integral plot point and then have to completely rewrite the entire thing?

Uh, are you going to send it out in its current state? If not ...

Hey, I'm changing three integral plot points in MacKenna, essentially taking it apart and putting it back together again.

Ceri Hebert said...

Busy busy weekend. Worked overtime Saturday, then shopped, shopped and shopped some more. School shopping is a drag.

I've been doing the same thing with all my unfinished wips. What to do what to do. Have a friend looking over one of them to see if she can see where I can cut 30K to make it Harlequin length.

And then there's NaNoWriMo (oops, sorry).