Me: Wrote another chapter today.
Rick: Yay. More explosions?
Me: This is like… the aftermath of the explosion.
Rick: Hmmm. Explosion wasn’t big enough then.
Me: It was a very little one, in point of fact. The idea is to not blow up my main characters.
Rick: I suppose you might need bounds on things like that.
Me: Yeah. …although you wouldn’t really know it from this book.
So on Monday I’m going to start writing a new section. Which is always fun. And tends to remind me that my slighter younger self was incredibly unhelpful and also crazy person.
For one thing by the time I get to a new section it’s usually already been given a label that’s supposed to tip me off about what I’m writing about. When said title is something like ‘chewing gum and hope’ or ‘fucking reckless muppet’ this is not useful.
A new section also means diving into all the notes I’ve left for myself and… well, snickering usually.
On a purely functional level they’re notes I’ve made about what I want to do in this part — snatches of dialogue, suggestions about what I could do, things I need to keep in mind (like who’s covered in blood, and just how drunk they are). Because it’s me though, there’s also commentary on the notes. There are parts that have been crossed out (which is incredibly passive aggressive when it’s digital). There’s the part that’s been marked, This is a lie.
And then there’s the block capitals at the top:
DON’T FORGET THERE’S A BODY THAT… WELL, THEY SHOULD AT LEAST THINK ABOUT DOING SOMETHING ABOUT.
ALSO THAT WHOLE ‘HEAD IN SINK’ THING IS BECOMING A BETTER IDEA BY THE MINUTE.
And then there’s something about ‘collateral damage’ I should probably be paying attention to…
Me: Although I did have a genius idea about it today.
Rick: More explosions?*
Me: No. Actually I think I’m done with explosions for this book. There is some more violence to come though.
Rick: Oh well that’s good. Something to look forward to.
* I’m not sure why Rick seems to think this book is just one explosion after another. I have the vague feeling it should worry me.