Monday, September 15, 2008

Congratulate her if you must...

Rachel Vincent announced she finished her book today. What she didn't tell you is that we've been encouraging one another behind the scenes - checking up on our respective progress daily, calling if we need a pep talk - and just being there for one another, if needed. We don't have entirely similar working methods, but we do some things the same. F'rinstance, the whole one-word-in-front-of-the-next-and-don't-stop-until-you're-finished is pretty tried and true.
So are notecards. 
For example, here's a shot of mine:


And here's Rachel's:



Gee. 
Good work, Rach.
I'm SOOOOO shocked you finished first.


15 comments:

Heather Harper said...

ROFLMA!

Favorite blog post evah! ;-)

Vicki Pettersson said...

Heather,

I think you're the only one who reads this thing anymore, so this was for you. LOL.
Oh, and that overachiever, RV. {g}

Rachel Vincent said...

Yup, I'm still reading. You didn't think this would get past me, did you? ;-)

Oh, and I'm very impressed with your plot wall!

Rachel said...

I read it! *raises hand*

And I didn't realize people used notecards any more! Cool!

Vicki Pettersson said...

RV - {waves}
My plot wall that I spend days on and then never look at again? Ye-ah. Soooo impressive.
Have to do it, though. Somehow it (and bubble-charting; don't get me started on my beloved bubble-charting) shakes something loose.

Rachel - Oh, you're still here too? Kewl. We could form a club. Or a band. A small, but cute, band.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

I read too... just don't always post :P

Vicki Pettersson said...

Ang - it makes it infinitely easier for you to post if I actually post. And therein lies the problem. {wry g}

Good to see you, btw!

Susan Adrian said...

Shyeah. You know I read it, right?

Danne Cole said...

Still here as well. :) You crack me up!

pikestephenson said...

Just wanted to mirror Heather's comment. I could have used that today.

But also wanted to say thanks for posting teh notecard photo. I've been contemplating the very same method but figured a good gust of wind would roll from the north and it'd be "good-bye, plot!"

Rachel said...

I don't know about notecards, but I have hard that Tolstoy and Tolkien both pinned chapters to the wall to look at things and plot them out. I read an interview where Tim Powers lays it all out on the floor so he can see it better.

And heck yaz, we'd all be a great band!

Vicki Pettersson said...

Suze - but for you, it's read or die. Because I will find you. {Bwah-ha-ha!}

Danne! Long time, no pixels ...for us both.

pike - sure! If they can be useless to someone else, too, I'm glad to help!

Rachel - I've done that as well. I've also used scissors and tape to string ideas together, but don't get me started on bubble charts. I've turned into a bubble chart freak. Four of them on my wall right now.

pikestephenson said...

Scissors and tape? That's how Bowie wrote a lot of his songs. I rememeber seeing it on a documentary ages ago. And don't call them cards "useless", I've got a stack siting right in front of me. Now if I can keep the kids frmo scribbling on them...

Vicki Pettersson said...

Pike - either allocate the kiddos a couple cards, or get something bigger and shinier, like giant easel paper that will make their little scribbling eyes bug out.

See? All sorts of usefulness before the first cup of the day!

Heather Harper said...

I left off the O.

Not sure how one would ROFLMA without the O. It's an unpleasant visual.