Last week, the Gator Girl was in the cone of Shame, Big was dealing with a medical condition of his own, and I was one the verge of running away and changing my name. This week, both dogs continue to be on the mend, but one of the cats has developed a medical condition of her own.
I didn't have to call the vet last week, though, so I at least achieved that goal. I'm thinking, however, that I'll have to call the vet this week. I'm pretty sure I have a personalized ring tone in their office now. That cash register sound—ca-ching, ca-ching, ca-ching!
I do have another cat, and if she develops a medical condition next week, I really will just run away. Though, I have to admit that it's been extremely considerate of my animals to limit their issues to one pet per week.
But things are supposed to come in threes, right, so this should be the end of it. Right?
In other goal-related news, I did achieve my fitness goal (walk/run/bike at least two miles per day). I only earned a cookie one day, however, so I'm going through a bit of cookie withdrawal. It's not a pretty sight. I'll keep the same goal this coming week, and try to earn more cookies.
Which leaves the writing goal.
If you'll recall, last week, I was three (five) scenes away from being finished with my never-ending WIP, Second Nature. I decided to cut the two scenes about which I wasn't sure—at least for the time being. Perhaps in rewrites, I shall decide the novel cannot survive without them. But, it can for now. That got me down to three scenes without any parenthesis.
I worked on one of the three remaining scenes, and it is technically finished—meaning there's no INSERT SOMETHING HERE notes—but I just...I don't think it was particularly finished well. There's, like, a 99.9% chance that it'll have a pretty decent revision in the revision stage.
So, here's my question...Can I count it as being finished? Can I say that it's good enough for the first draft and move on to the next scene? Or, because I have such doubts about it now, do I have to take it off of the "done" pile and throw it back into the "to be finished" side of things?
(Note: I'd really love someone to tell me I can count it as being finished because otherwise, I didn't complete a single scene last week. If you can do so sincerely, that's just an added bonus. Like whipped cream on your hot chocolate.)
The other two scenes are Big Important Scenes. One of them is that scene that many of Effigy's readers ask me about. As in, "For the love of *insert deity of choice here*, please tell me that *name removed for spoiler-avoiding purposes* is going to die in the next book!"
The answer is yes, *name removed for spoiler-avoiding purposes* will die in the next book. Well, at least *gender removed for spoiler-avoiding purposes* will die if I can figure out how the write the damn scene. And I haven't been able to do that yet.
My brother was instrumental in helping me work out the tone of the scene. I just haven't found the right words for it. Yet.
The other scene is otherwise known as THE VERY LAST ONE. I haven't figured out how to write this one yet, either. (Obviously. Duh. Geez, that was dumb.) The way Second Nature played out, my original plan for the end is now obsolete, and I require something to take its place. I've brainstormed a few new ways the last scene could go, but I don't know if any of them are right, or if I need to come up with something else.
Somehow, I feel compelled to re-use this gif:
So, that's what's going on in my neck of the swamp. What's going on in yours?