Only a week and a half before the trip now, but a few more things achieved. I’m starting to think that I might actually get everything I want done in time for the trip, rather than just the things I need to get done. That would be nice, particularly as it would delight more than just me. You know who you are.
Last night, I finished my final round of editing on Bound before I leave. This was the second time I’ve done the out-loud edit on that manuscript, but it needed doing because of the significant reworking of several sections and addition of a few others. This now seems to be my final step before a manuscript goes to test readers. Yes, I still caught a couple more typos. Do the buggers ever stop? How do they manage to keep creeping in? It’s like playing whack-a-mole, I swear.
So what does that mean? That it’s time to do the same on Possession. This is the first time I’ve done the out-loud edit for this book, and I’m catching a lot of little touches, just as I did the first time I went through Bound, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Typos, yes, edits where I missed deleting a word out of the old sentence, certainly, but what I find is best about this method of editing is that it also catches a LOT of repetitious word usage, awkward choices, and where sentences make sense but are entirely too long or convoluted. Or worse, both. 🙂 That’s why I’m doing it again, though it’s a lot of reading out loud and the cats keep trying to sing along. Apparently they have no appreciation for literature. Oh well. If I’m going to give Possession to my test readers on my trip, in addition to the new version of Bound, I’m going to need to complete this in a week. As long as nothing needs major reworking, I think I can do that, but we’ll have to see. I’ll keep you posted on that.
I’ve had a few more ideas for Necromantic, both the trilogy as a whole and book 1, but not a major amount. I’ve been a bit focused at the moment during my at-home time working on getting Bound and Possession ready, so I haven’t really turned my brain over to it for any lengthy period of time. There’s time though, including while I’m away I suspect. To be honest, after the brain explosion at the meeting, I think my creative mind needs a bit of a recharge anyway. I will admit, the couple of things that I thought of were kind of juicy, so I’m moderately mollified.
I think the biggest problem right now is just that I am so all over the place with preparations for this trip and thoughts about it in general. I’m only gone for two weeks, but it’s been almost two years since I’ve been back and I’m looking forward to seeing my family and friends. I’d never give up living here in Vancouver, but I miss them all so much anyway. I’m trying to convince a few of them to move out here, but I don’t think it’s going to work. I’m almost tempted to suggest that it means they don’t really love me and pout, but I know them, they’d just laugh at me and then I’d bust out laughing. Bullshit makes me laugh, really. I think it’s my sarcasm and cynicism muscles reacting that does it every damn time. 🙂
This picture is one that I took for a number of reasons. I watched these particular plants grow and expand but was totally not expecting the shapes within shapes thing that they had going on. It’s a little fascinating in my opinion. Also, it’s just pretty and sunny.