The Art of Mirriam Neal

//I’m on time, I’m on time for a very important date

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I had aimed for a more relaxed, efficient kind of ‘No this year. In some ways, this is working out – I don’t have much to do this month besides driving practice, a few meet-ups, a diet, TFI posts, etc. Although aiming for three thousand words a day isn’t exactly realistic. For some reason, This Curious Madness likes to be written from about three o’clock till I decide to hit the sack – earlier, and I end up staring at the computer and typing maybe ten words an hour. Why do novels have to be so finicky? (Finicky. Finnick. Finnick Odair. Hmm.) Although I’m shoveling some of the blame onto this detox – I think I know what an eighty-year-old feels like. My j o i n t s! No, I wasn’t addicted to coffee. Shut your face. (At least, blessedly, I’ve escaped a headache. And it’s not all coffee’s fault, either – this whole detox thing is really grinding on every female in my family. My Dad seems to have escaped the worst of it, for whatever reason.)

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Still, I’ve achieved more than the necessary word count each day, and hope to reach thirty pages by tonight. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous entering into this novel – after all, I had to give it a) a moral b) a strong female protagonist and c) a good dose of madness. That last one, I’m usually good with – but I’m much better at writing male characters than female ones, and as I’ve said before, Wonderland is a pretty amoral place if you go by the original novel.

Imagine my surprise when, mulling it over, I realized that I didn’t need to ‘give it a moral’ – morals can infuse the entire thing (duh. I know) – and that I think I’m actually doing pretty well by Alice (in fact, I have more female main characters in this novel than in any other of my books – Alice, the Red Queen, the Duchess, and the Caterpillar). My favorite characters are the Hatter, the White Rabbit, and the Jabberwocky, although the Jabberwocky hasn’t officially made an appearance, and I’m still struggling with the Bandersnatch. (Who, as of yet, does not exist.)

My ‘writing’ half the time looks like this –

Me: Hey, Riah.

Riah: What.

Me: Want to rewatch another episode of Faith?

Riah: Sure.

Or,

Me: Hey, Riah.

Riah: What.

Me: We should marathon the Rurouni Kenshin movies again.

Riah: Sure.

Or,

Me: Hey, Riah.

Riah: What.

Me: Big Bang’s new MV is out.

Riah: Oh, let’s watch!

But I am getting writing done. And the allotted amount, thankyouverymuch.

That pretty much sums up the last three-and-a-half days; if I can keep going at this rate, I have a good shot at a completed novel by the end of June. How’s your JuNo going, fellow lunatics writers?  Are you behind, ahead, or regretting your life choices? Could you maybe find my Bandersnatch and tell him to show his face? I’ll give you the coffee, which I can’t have.

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