Sunday, July 25, 2010
But then, the plan keeps me from veering off course. I would love to jump into online research, take my characters all over the place, places that probably won’t advance the story and that will end up costing me months of extra work. Problem is: I hate handcuffs.
Got down about 1,700 words this week, about half of chapter 3. I’d hoped to complete the chapter this week and, instead, find myself falling further behind my goal of 4,000 words a week. Right now the word count is about 9,000 words. I look forward to working with the other writers this week, hope they will nudge me to produce.
I’m on the road Monday and Tuesday, story and photo assignment in beautiful (?) Visalia, commercial bare root nursery that, among other things, grows jujube trees for orchard production. Jujube fruit is a red date popular in China, eaten dried or candied, sometimes used for making wine. The fruit is also used in Asian medicine to relieve stress.
Farmers are increasingly planting the trees as demand for the fruit grows. The tree specimens I’ll be looking at will be stick-like with a few scrawny leaves. Temps in the field – 105, ridin’ tractors, eatin’ dust, talkin’ dirt. Can't wait to get out with the farmers, the best people on earth. I’ll do my best to catch up with my fiction goal later in the week. (Famous last words!)