I’ve come to the conclusion – once again – that I’m really not ready to write the desert novel, not until I’ve done lots more research. But since I’m under a deadline for a writing workshop this weekend, I’m working on a different chapter one. For my long-time readers, it’s the untitled nanotech thing known as Alice. This, I can write – it draws on my experience in The Job From Hell, both my work in admin and what I picked up about water treatment and waste remediation from reading the scientists’ proposals and reports. (Mental note: must let Michelle read it when I’m done. She’ll get a kick out of it, and she’ll recognize all the sleazy characters as former coworkers.)
It’s definitely easier when I know what I’m talking about. I’ve just invented a new operating system for Alice’s computer network, and I’ve written 480 words in under an hour, when my usual goal – the one I don’t meet – is 500 words a night, in roughly two hours of writing.