This weekend I went to a delightful performance of the Coffee Cantata. Despite growing up in a family with plenty of classical music, I had no idea that Bach wrote music about coffee of all things. I didn’t even know Bach had coffee, although thinking it through, it does make sense with the dates. It just never occurred to me.
The humorous cantata follows a concerned father, complaining his daughter thinks of nothing but coffee and keeps lying to him about giving it up. The daughter then sings, “Coffee! Coffee!” in beautiful baroque music. The actors did a marvelous job of catching the humor as well as performing the difficult music.
Since the whole performance was in a coffee shop, I had planned to write, but just ended up drinking a lot of coffee and watching. I can’t find anything to regret though.
I’ve decided to do Camp Nanowrimo, at the urging of Zoe, my writing group partner from last November. This year camp is in April, (also July for anyone interested in doing it) so next week I’ll be diving into drafting again. Looking over MAAV, I’ve discovered most of last November’s drafting is useless, sigh. But at least in writing out plot points on cards and moving them around, I think I have a new and improved outline. I’m excited to try doing Nano over again and hopefully end up with a workable draft this time.
To help firm up my outline and hash out a book I feel good about, I’ve started in using the Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, that my husband got my for Christmas. The first exercise is on heroes. What I realized after doing it for MAAV, was that I picked a completely different hero to list than when I did the same exercise for DB in December right after getting the book. At the time I didn’t think about it, but comparing the exercises afterwards I was fascinated and impressed. The hero I’d picked this time (my great grandmother) had the perfect qualities for Danny, the MC, while last time (Ursula LeGuin) had a completely different set of qualities that I admired that worked much better for Dragon Boy.
I guess coming to the exercise with the book in mind gave me a whole different mindset thinking about the same idea. In both cases, the exercise helped me flesh out heroic qualities to build on in the opening scenes of my book and I hope to avoid ever having the same likability issues with my MCs that I had on a different project.
I’m hoping to return to wonderful coffee, and this Thursday at writer’s group with Zoe, this time actually work and dive into the next couple character exercises in the workbook. After all, everything is better with coffee!