So, the good news is that I wrote 12,500 words this weekend in Rough Guide to Science Fiction Film. That’s 15% of the book’s contractual length.
The bad news is that the chapter I wrote all those words for is supposed to be 6,000 words long. Whoops. Gotta reel myself in.
On the other hand, I’m very happy with the chapter. It needs some trimback, clearly, but it’s packed with information, and having tossed off one chapter, the rest don’t seem particularly imposing. This is more of the whole “once you get started, that hard part’s over” thing.
I also want to note how cool it is to be able to use myself as a primary resource for research. The particular chapter I’m working on is on the actual science in science fiction film (there’s not much), and so I’m using the Rough Guide to the Universe to double-check some of the things I’m writing. Whee!
Also, as a completely unrelated side, I really like the look of Movable Type 3.11, in terms of how it looks from the inside. The text-editing window, for one thing, is substantially larger — I no longer feel like I’m writing in a cramped little space any more. I can breathe! Also, of course, lots more control over comments, which should trim back the comment spam. At the moment I’m considering whether to initiate some sort of authentication for posters — MT 3.11 works with Movable Type’s “Typekey,” which allows people to leave messages at any MT blog with a single password — and perhaps later I’ll do something with that. For the moment, though, I’ll leave comments wide open and see if MT can let me control spam effectively without having to resort to making y’all sign in.
Sleepy, sleepy. Must go rest.