The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same

Guess who was enumerating goals last night about what she wanted done on the troll novel by Deadline X? Yup, guilty.

Had to remind myself that the important issue wasn’t figuring out which characters stayed and which left right now. Instead, the issue is to write new stuff, and see who really belongs to the story, and then make adjustments.

I am such a goal-oriented freak. As Scalzi-sensei says, puffing up the story is key. Later, you can pare it down and cut away everything that doesn’t look like this story. I expect there’ll be some brush and dead ends in there, but worrying about them has been holding me back.


Today I venture into the outside world to pick up a wide variety of tests and papers that need my judgmental eye. I cringe inwardly just thinking about what this might look like, but I don’t want to be completely avalanched the first day back next week.



Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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