Notes to Self

When I write a story – particularly a novel – I always keep a text file for meta-story information. This is what writers of yore referred to as “notes.”

When writing BBV I had a document called Vaginics; Hubris, Hubritics; DT, Thundercurrents; AoE, Elegantics; now, for Public Key, I have Publics.

Each one of these “ics” contains about the same information:

-Name(s) of the story

-Dramatis Personae

-Outline (evolves as the story is written)

-Any relevant lists (viz. the protagonist(s)’ material possessions at a given time)

-Internal chronology (usually built as part of the editing process)

-Excised (anything of sentence-length of longer which I cut from the main draft)

-Notes, for when I go back and edit

What follows are the “notes” I jotted down while writing Public Key. I’ve cut out a few that I’ve already satisfied as part of the editorial process. Some of them I have no fuckdamn idea what I was talking about. Some of them will require days of work to strike off this list. Some of them I will choose not to follow at all.

Here they are, straight copypasta’d from /home/warspite/editbin/publics.txt.

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GO BACK AND FIX THE FOLLOWING:

CHRONOLOGY

NUMISMATICS

THAT PEOPLE SHOW UP TO CLEAN THE PLACE

Changes into honkey clothing when he gets down into SA

-keeps his cloak

-one day to put it back on

longer development of his relation to southern Africa as home

GOING HOME turn into BEING ABLE TO LIVE FREE IN A NEW HOME

DEFERRING A SEMESTER

-FIGHTING ABOUT IT

too obvious about quality of weed – something after “he shrugged”(?)

CONDOMS(?)

-BIRTH CONTROL

interpol issues new card

DIRECTION OF RIVER? YOU ASSUMPTIVE COCKSNORKLER

RIVER IS PROBABLY THE MAKHALENG

IN MADAGASCAR:

-MORE EXPLORATION(?)

-BUYING AN ADAPTER

-MOAR OF HIS FEAR OF BEING CAUGHT

-ABORD SHIP: PICKS UP A FEW WORDS

-GETS SOME THINGS FROM THE MAINLAND

GOES BLOND(?)

-HARD WORK = FRIENDSHIP = NOT TURNED IN LATER

NORMALIZE CASH QUANTITIES YOU THUDPUCKER

DURING THE LAST HIKE: SEEING AN AIRPLANE, BUT IT GOES AWAY

has a Twoony from Canada

-uses it for guitar-playing

-throws it out the cab window when leaving Tana City

Sani Pass: passing South African border post

name the bar

name the guest-house(?)

name the next guest-house(?)

taking the farthest rondavel

Oral HIV test – you’re doing it wrong. Swab, then wait. Alas :(

MOAR ON OAKLEY’S MOTIVATIONS

-viz sticking it to the man

Passing the burned-out house twice: once as given, the second time with Hannah

CONSIDERS BUYING GUN – REJECTS – WOULD USE IT – HELL NAW

HOW HE PICKED UP A FEW WORDS, HERE AND THERE

-USES THEM IN VILLAGE-WITH-BASOTHO

WASTEBASKET

HOW LONG-TERM RENT ABSOLVES HIM OF THE RIGHT TO GET ROOM CLEANED

-OCCASIONAL EMPLOYEES WHO CLEAN THE HOUSES

OAKLEY SAYS HOW HE TOLD HIM BECAUSE IT WAS BETTER FOR HIM TO FIND OUT THAT WAY THAN READ ABOUT IT ON THE TUBES AND THEN FREAK OUT

DISPOSITION OF HIS PASSPORT (HIDING)

REPORTS OF GRASSROOTS EFFORTS TO FIND HIM

-he doesn’t pursue

-so as not to trouble himself

-realizes this may have saved his bacon

When he has his staff… make this more explicit

IT NEEDS MOAR INCONSOLATA

ONLY SEVEN VIDEOS

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~ by davekov on 11 April 2011.

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