Diving Into The Drawer
I’ve officially begun the first pass of editing for Possession and so far, it’s going well. And by going well I mean that I meant to do one chapter last night after work. I did three instead I, um, got a little carried away. I blame Tavis (if he’s always right, it must also occasionally be his fault, in fairness). No, I didn’t forget to edit while going through it, but I just found myself rolling from one chapter to the next… to the next. In fact, I had to force myself to stop at the end of the third. I find I lose my edge when editing after a couple chapters, even with breaks.
I’m also working on the outline of The Nine concurrent with this editing, and that’s going well too. It’s definitely going to be a challenge to write, but that’s part of the fun to me, pushing yourself further. I’m having a little fun trying to figure out and research something for the story that I have absolutely zero experience with, and I may need to find someone with experience to ask them about it before I actually write this. We’ll see. Yes, I know I’m being vague about what it is, but it’s because I don’t want to give away something that happens at the end of Possession. Really don’t want to give that away.
I have to say, I think it’s going to be a productive long weekend for me, just from looking at the forecast. Rain today, tomorrow and Sunday. And as much as I love the rain, I tend to stay indoors when it’s falling and I don’t have a pressing need to go out (like food for the starving writer). Oh well, at least I’ll have a good time editing and outlining. I think I’m actually nearing the end of the outline, especially with the not so minor detail for the end I realized as I was trying to fall asleep last night. I still have to build it in, but it kinda knocked my socks off, so to speak.
I also spent a bunch of time reading last night, which was rather wonderful. I’m still making my way through Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy, but I think I’m almost done the second book. I’ve noticed something interesting with ebooks. I never know for sure how much book is left. My Kobo (the only ereader I have much experience with) tells me how many pages are left in a chapter, but not how many are left in the book. I’m actually delighted by this, because I no longer look at how many pages are left and think that I must be getting near the end. In fact, I have no idea where I am. It’s up to the writing to tell me that, and it’s making me more aware of how rising and falling actions and build up to the end get crafted as a writer. It’s been an interesting experience that way. Excellent series, this one, I have to say. I’m going to be sad to have it end, but that’s what rereading is for
All in all, I’m feeling pretty good this morning. I don’t think it’s just the start of the long weekend, either. Things are just going well in my writing life, and that always makes me happy. Now if I could just figure out what I want to put on the cover of Bound when I (almost certainly) epub it and how to get exactly what I want, I’ll be laughing. One thing at a time though. It’s still a bit early to work on that, as I’m not sure that I’m done with the manuscript. I’ll drive myself nuts if I try to go in too many directions at once, even if that is my specialty.
Finally, today’s picture. I love these flowers, but I don’t remember seeing them much at all in Ontario. Just another reason to love Vancouver.