Friday, November 24, 2006

Figuring the angles

Still working on the novel I started at the beginning of November for National Novel Writing Month. No, I'm not going to hit 50,000 words by month's end, but I'm having a good time. I've written four chapters. In the stage of figuring out the angles of the characters: What they want, what is keeping them from getting what they want, how they combat that, what they are willing to risk to get what they want, what choices they will each have to make. All while they're on a riverboat trip on the Mississippi, a river that during Twain's time had many curves to navigate.

C and I had a splendid feast yesterday, and today visited with friends over C's homemade Kaluha pecan pie (a chocoholic's dream). Tomorrow we are planning to go see "For Your Consideration," directed by Christopher Guest, which features many of the same crew as "Best in Show," "Waiting for Guffman," and "A Mighty Wind." It's time for some good laughs.

C has Jane Bunnett on the stereo, improvising on "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" in a way it's never been played before. Such a fat, rich sound from her soprano sax; riding melodic lines and curves into great music. Check it out: "Red Dragonfly (AKA Tombo)";

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