This Entry was Written Before Coffee

I’ve been using Scrivener for my latest project. I’m still in in trial period, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy it. It wouldn’t be useful to me if I hadn’t recently come around on outlining. “Outlining’s boring!” I used to say, “I want to get to the meat.” I didn’t want my plotting to be predictable, formulaic.

Funny thing is, I’m approaching the writing much the same way as I always have. I’m writing linearly, one scene after another. What outlining is doing, though, is helping me anticipate character problems, particularly problems of motivation. I’m liking the idea of addressing those things before the first draft is ever finished.

So anyway, I exported it for the first time in awhile. I thought I was something like 50 pages in. Turns out, I’m nearly 80. Whoops. That’s okay, though. Feels good to know it has legs.

I don’t want to say too much about it, but I can be cryptic: it’s not YA; it’s set in the future, in a place I’ve never been; it involves stuff I learned about in my philosophy classes in college.

(But Phoebe, you might say, that could be anything! To which I’ll only laugh. I’d wink, if I didn’t look totally awkward while doing so.)

In more important news, I really want someone to buy me this Lego set for Christmas:

Tiny robot! Kawaii!

There’s been a lot of complaining about this Lego line on the interwebs, but I actually think it’s pretty awesome. Not the complaining (“no creativity,” Jezebel? It’s no less complex than your average licensed lego line, and imaginative play with tiny adorable robots and dolls is still creative), but the toys themself. When I was a kid, the “girl” legos all featured women in bikinis lounging on poolsides while waited on by mustached hired help. Oh, and horses. This set features robots, tree houses, ATVs, bunnies, women as business owners, women as vets, women mowing the lawn. No horses, but there are plenty of bunnies and puppies. So it’s a little pastel–so there are lots of cute animals. I liked those things as a kid. A lot of modern boys and girls do too, I’m sure. We shouldn’t put down traditionally girly things just because we also like traditionally butch things like spaceships. That’s not feminist, either.

Santa, if you’re listening, I’d also like the Lego Friends house. Also some wind dancer ponies. And a light saber.