Friday, January 15, 2010

Don't Look Back



I took a seat at Beantown Coffee Shop and clicked for two hours without stopping. Revise that: Stopped for coffee. Revise that: Stopped for more coffee and a bathroom break. Revise that? Later. Click.

Clicked as I ignored distractions. Clicked as I ignored conversations -even the midwife interview taking place at the next table. Revise that: Tried really hard. Revise that: They do what with umbilical cords? Revise that: Seriously?

Clicked as l looked at the screen. Clicked as I looked at the ceiling. Clicked as I looked out the window. Clicked as I looked at the folding card on the table: “If you’ve come here to work, buy something.” Clicked as I bought something. Mostly clicked, “revise that.”

I clicked 2,000 words in two hours.

Will try this experiment again weekly. Revise that: Monthly. Revise that: Maybe. Revise that? Click.

52 comments:

  1. whatcha workin' on....?

    Good job staying focussed, I might add.

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  2. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!

    I want to frame that first picture and put it in my office. Too hilarious.

    WV: drolo. You, funny woman, when you're on a roll

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  3. redrum, redrum, redrum, redrum, redrum...

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  4. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea --

    GG

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  5. All work and no play makes Karin even funnier.

    wv ovenacci

    The cold weather is gone so I took my head out of the ovenacci.

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  6. What admirable determination! You might work on varying your sentence structure a little more next month ;)

    What DO they do with the umbilical cord, anyway?

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  7. I'll tell you Quid, once I've finished my Jack story.

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  8. A thousand chimps, a thousand typewriters and a latte grande with skim. Great story, Karin. Now don't go back and erase all 2,000 words.

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  9. I needed that. I'm caught in a writing rut trying to be cogent, but in the morning when I do the re-read, it doesn't pass the sniff test. 'happens all the time. It'll come back. 'Matter of fact, I like your classical form, the rhythmic repetition of theme, etc. etc. You could be on a roll. Send us Page 3

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  10. Nice focus. Miss J always wonders about folks working at coffee places. She doesn't think she'd be able to.

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  11. Your brain is on scan.

    I'm wondering how long it took you to write this post, and can you read this sentence without being distracted?

    What did you buy?

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  12. Didn't you ever have the 5th grade teacher who made you make an outline?? Or were you sick that week? :-)

    You are creating writers block in the rest of us. Sigh... you are powerful!

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  13. We are all looking forward to chapter two and three and 4 and 5 and....in your Jack story!

    Funny? Depends on.....the revised clicks.
    Zigzag? I roll in....or maybe not yet.

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  14. beats writing on a roll...of paper

    You gotta stop this - my work does not require me to laugh out loud.

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  15. 8 pages in 2 hours? I think you should delete yesterday's lament!

    Taking the laptop to new places can help. That first step . . . journey of a thousand miles, etc. Also, the issue of how much white noise is the right amount?

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  16. I know an "out" and a "line", but didn't realize they had become a couple.

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  17. I was just thinking this afternoon while I was at Bean Town, observing, and drinking a bargain Iced Blended Mocha:

    Someone needs to write about what all the unemployed people who left their jobs, voluntarily or not, are now doing with their xtra free time. There outta be an article.

    Money or Time.

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  18. Did you really make that? It reminds me of one of those typing exercises

    "all good boys come to the aid of their country"
    "all good boys come to the aid of their country"
    "all good boys come to the aid of their country"
    "all good boys come to the aid of their country"
    "all good boys come to the aid of their country"
    "all good boys come to the aid of their country"
    "all good boys come to the aid of their country"

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  19. curses on blogger

    I had "all good boys come to the aid of their country" all lined up in zig zag form

    blaahk

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  20. No fair. Those pics weren't up when I saw the first draft. I know how you edit on this thing.

    PA, it's too bad, innit? Blogger never lets us get pretty with our spacing.

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  21. nothing like looking at a youngish Jack to make me realize how LONG ago that movie came out

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  22. Tash, I was thinking the same thing. The actor who played the little redrum kid on the big wheel is now almost 40!!!

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  23. Forget Jack and the kid, whatever became of Shelley Duvall?

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  24. Could we say: qwerty U I O space?

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  25. Made me want to look up Shelley. Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Duvall) says:

    "Her last acting appearance was a small role in the 2002 independent film Manna from Heaven.

    "After her Los Angeles home was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Duvall left California and since then has lived primarily in Blanco, Texas. She recently made a standing-room-only appearance at a library in Texas. Her friend in Blanco, Jeannie Ralston (The Unlikely Lavender Queen), calls her "reclusive"."

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  26. Just as with Camelot, I thought your story was about JFK. And I think he thought so too.

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  27. Point out to Beantown that once you're famous (JK Rowling famous) it will be standing room only in that joint. They should be giving you free coffee, and a reserved seat by the window, at the very least.

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  28. 2,000 words? Nice!

    Mine is click, click, check word count, click, click. :)

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  29. Like you Miss Janey, I've always wondered how people can work in the coffee places, yet at the same time, I always want to have my laptop and coffee there to join in the party!!! But somehow, I never think of it before I go there....and if I did, what the heck would I work on??? I'm really not a click, click, clicker!!! Unless of course, the click is the click of a camera!!!

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  30. Earl, check on http://www.uio.com/

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  31. Ha! I write short forms!
    Not as stupid as I look...

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  32. I've discovered that I use the same distraction process while working on my photos on the computer...I work with them for a few minutes, then see the mess on my desk and work on that, then see the cat and play with her, then get caught up in the movie that's playing in the background, then work a few minutes...

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  33. I swear I left a comment. It was about my geriatric ADD, guess I got distracted and deleted it or.....

    Now I forgot what I came back to say. Merde!
    V

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  34. V, that is the funniest comment ever in the history of blogging.

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  35. WEll now I remember. That didn't take as long as it usually does. I came back to say I don't get the photo at the bottom, but that's probably because I've never watched that movie all the way through I guess. I am nothing but poulet merde or is it merde de poulet , when it comes to creepy movies.

    Petrea, somehow geriatric ADD doesn't have the bite that Alzheimer's does, oui? And for the record the only thing that has jet lag at this point is my FACE! GAWD!!!

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  36. I predict that sometime in the near future "Carrying coals to Newcastle" will be replaced with "Leaving comments at Altadena Hiker."

    VW "Digme"

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  37. You clicked with that process, KB.

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  38. Altadena: I am crushed! I thought all of those intense, passionate people clicking away in coffee shops were working on novels and screenplays of monumental, stupifying genius!

    I'm with you... The CREEPIEST scene in The shining wasn't the ax attack on Scatman Crothers... it was when Shelly found the three-inch-thick manuscript of Jack's "All work" manuscript.

    As for Danny Lloyd, the psychic child... Except for an appearance as the young Liddy in the TV film Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy (1982), Lloyd has not acted since The Shining. This supports MY creepy suspicion that acting in horror flicks damages the tender psyches of children.

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  39. When do I get my eye-test results back?

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  40. Yak, that goes down as the creepiest movie scene of all time. The quietest moments in the movie were the best, and there were lots of quiet moments.

    Do you want to play with us Danny, forever and ever and ever?

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  41. 2000 words in two hours = 16 words
    a minute, give or take.

    I do 17 or fewer syllables and it takes all day sometimes-I'm reworkin' stuff from last year, yet!

    Well, looks aren't everything!

    WV: dampun (six letters)

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  42. I was focussed too... now I'm just wondering about that umbilical cord...

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  43. I do libraries...Does Altadena have a library?
    Shell D.

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  44. Why yes, Shell D, I also do libraries.

    And here's why I and others like me prefer finding a nice place to write away from home: We write. At home we notice 1,001 other things to do.

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  45. I keep getting up to look out the window to see if it's started raining yet.
    And what the heck did I do with my driver's license renewal. Gotta get to the DMV, my license expires in a couple of weeks.

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  46. so, I went out to the market near a friends house...it is near a large high school. They play muzak to discourage the kiddies from loitering. What were they playing? Don Henley's "Boy's of Summer" and the part I heard?

    "Out on the road today, I saw a DEADHEAD sticker on a Cadillac

    A little voice Inside my head said, "Don't look back. You can never look back."

    and came home to read this post...and now I think that song is going to be in my head forever!

    and, as an aside, am glad I'm not the only one with writer's block

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  47. USC - Science library - 1978 - NOT studying for thermo, but reading an extremely well written bio of Newton. Distraction danger lurks everywhere... must go back, now...

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  48. tenretni, tenretni, tenretni, tenretni, tenretni...

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