Done and Begun
So, those are the words for the day. Those who are following along with the home version of this game (wait, do we have one of those?), please mark down the following:
Outline for Possession: Done
Editing of Cost of Duty (Short Story): Done
Editing Dark Mirror v2.1: Begun
So, that’s the basics, now for the details. As I said, I finished the outline of Possession this morning, having done the climax last night. Oh my god, I really can’t wait to start writing this one. But I am going to make myself wait. I know, I’m not patient, but I need to try to learn some, I swear. I can’t live my whole life on fast forward because of it. This outline is longer, for sure, than the one for DM, both in number of entries and how detailed some of them are. And a lot happens, which is also good. But for now, the outline goes in the mythic Drawer for a few days or so, at which point I will go back through it, make sure I’m still happy with it, and then open a fresh word document. Fair warning, I’ll probably do another write-a-thon for this, if only because doing so seems to work so well for me.
Cost of Duty spent a few days in The Drawer and came out for reading this morning, after I finished the outline for Possession. It aged well, I still love it. I made a couple of very very minor word tweaks. I’m now trying to decide whether to put it up for crit on the writer’s forum I spend a lot of time lurking and a little time posting on or start submitting. It’s being mulled. I have decided against trying to e-pub it, because I just don’t think there’s much market for a single short story (and I really don’t write them often). I’m also too lazy to do a cover. :) Hey, at least I’m honest.
Moving down the list to editing DM. This is a little funny. I had read somewhere recently that you should use the tab key in your manuscript. This being news to me, it was all through the 333 pages of DM. Grr. So, after reading through and editing the first chapter, I set about deleting them all from the manuscript so I don’t have to worry about it. Stupid lack of find and delete all function in my word processor. So, there I am scrolling through and deleting them manually. That was going along swimmingly until about a quarter of the way through, when I suddenly realized I was reading my book instead of deleting tabs. For the last 4 pages. Whoops. This happened several times in the process of getting them all out there, so the process took almost 5 hours. Way too long. I have learned, though, that being engrossed in the book I wrote, where I know everything that happens, is probably a good sign for the book’s quality, relative to my being still definitely a rookie at this. I’m trying to see it that way, at least, instead of seeing 5 hours spent on a task that likely should have taken only half that time. Fortunately, with that completed, I can move on to the real task of doing the actual edit. I’m hoping that it won’t take as long as the last one, that maybe I can get this done in a week. That would be a good time frame actually, because I’ll be ready to start working on Possession at that point (seriously obsessing about that now).
It’s like they’re all working out in a mystic order that I didn’t prepare. Perhaps the writing gods are smiling on me… Right, that’s right before they drop a safe on my head in the form of something major changing, isn’t it? Of course, both of the above points suggest that I need to start percolating on the overall plot in book 3, but to be honest, that’s doing itself already, I’m just writing it down as it comes and keeping, well, my version of semi-focused, which means doing a dozen things at once.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention something. I’ve added two pages to this blog that weren’t there before, though they are subject to unannounced revision whenever I bloody feel the need. One is my About Me page, which I finally got around to doing. I really hate doing those, but I can only hold out so long on that kind of thing before the peer pressure gets the best of me. The other is my Project Status page. I have a lot of stories on the go, and I mention them only when I have something to say about them, as far as blog entries go, so I thought you might want a quick reference, in case you miss something, or are curious. This is not an exhaustive list, but they are the ones that are sort of front of mind for me in some form or other. It’s also there for me to keep track of all the crap I’m in the middle of. Yes, I really do think I might need this kind of help. Among other kinds of help.
And, last but not least on today’s hit list, the picture of the post (I can’t say day, because I don’t usually post every day). I love this one. It’s one of the framed prints up on my wall.