What a week this has been! Got 5 contest entries in and worked on AFDOC every day. I've always known I had a bit too much backstory, and I had moved some of it to active but didn't get the nod from my critique group, so I went back to the drawing board. Unfortunately, as in real life where I can't draw a stick figure, my writing drawing board was in a foul mood this week and all I produced was more backstory. I know how and why I want them to tie into the overall plot and drive the characters' personalities and decisions, but my brain wasn't in sort mode this week, so they're sitting on the page waiting for me to make a decision. Very painful to hit the now-what? wall so hard I couldn't even bounce but slid down it into a pile of pure-T frustration.
I pulled out David Madden's book Revising Fiction to get some serious studying done, but alas, it was not to be. I read the excellent passages and advice and repeatedly went outside and sat my not-so-usually-lazy butt down in spring fever mode and enjoyed all the green and pink and white in my yard while the cool breezes blew.
A 1950s reminder of what happened when the "tube" went to sleep for the night - apparently I'm in this mode because I can hear the humming in the background.