Posts Tagged ‘editing’

Meet my friend Mr. Delete Key

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Xia is just over 93K, but I’m not getting out the fork yet. I’ve finished my read back and fixed a lot of typos and other general clunkiness. I’ve started searching through the MS for words ending in LY. Most of them meet my good friend Mr. Delete Key.


Since I wanted to blog tonight I ended that at Chapter 17. Will finish that tomorrow, I hope. Then I have at least one chapter that needs some work. Then I guess a read through on paper and then I’ll be pretty much out of time.


Today I got my State tax refund and a royalty statement for A Darker Crimson which had an unexpectedly large check in it. Nowhere near enough to buy a MacBook Air, but it will finish paying for my son’s braces.


I’m baaack!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Back from visiting my brother and his wife in Santa Barbara. We had a great time, even though I did, sadly, lose my camera somewhere in the SB mountains. Rats. So I do not have any great photos of breathtaking views, although we saw many such views and I’m sure at least some of my pictures were great.

Other than that, I cut a chapter of Xia. Sigh And got up to about chapter 8 or 9 I think on a read through. Which considering that I was doing family visiting stuff, isn’t too bad. Most of that got done in the car on the way there or the way back.

Had to give the Fudgester a bath when I got home. He’d rolled in something v. smelly. Of the not so recently dead variety. He has forgiven me, I think.

I’m in full freak out mode and tired. Back to work.


La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Monday, March 10th, 2008

That was me today. Rowr! Chapters 12 and 13 completely turned upside down and backwards. I made a trash file for the first time with this puppy. As Xia would say, Boo hoo, you effing witch. You did what had to be done. So f*ck that. or something a lot like that anyway. He’s out somewhere up to no good, or I’d ask him.

Still, I’m only in the hole a thousand words. More R&S tomorrow though.

To bed for me.


Literary Twister

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Last night, this morning at the gym and during various downtimes of the day, I’ve been mulling over this particular scene that Just Wasn’t Working the way it needed to. It involves Xia giving Alexandrine a substance that affects people with magic. Originally, he did it to prove to her she has magic. But the new! Alexandrine already knows that. Obviously, that original scene needed a re-write. While notebooking at the gym, I settled on her taking the pill by accident. I recognized the idea was a wee bit lame, but I thought if I meditated on it some more, I’d see my way to the solution. I am not at my best at 5:00 a.m.

So I sat down to do the work this evening and I was in there with the machete getting things conformed etc and at last I get to the substance scene at the end of chapter 6. How is she going to take this pill?

She’s not. It turns out, as I was writing, that, as a former teen runaway (which was previously established) she had issues with drugs and does not take any drugs ever anymore. Color me surprised! But this revelation ended up being a major development in their relationship. Oh! Oh! I get it! Neat-o.

But now I had a chapter 7 of substance-induced events that needed a new home. And I knew the perfect place for it. Between chapters 13 and 14. The beginning of 14 got spliced onto the top of chapter 7 which was renumbered as Chapter 13 (with 8-13 becoming 7-12) Are you following me here? and then about-to-be 13 and 14 were temporarily combined so I could look for the best chapter ending. Found it. Chopped it. And Voila as they say in France. Chapters 7 and 14 were spliced and split and became 13 and 14. It’s a bit messy yet but tomorrow I will smooth that out into a scene that has my heroine who is afraid of backsliding on drugs facing the ABSOLUTE NECESSITY of taking a drug that humans with magic routinely abuse… See? Much more at stake.

It’s like that game Twister. Only with words and paragraphs and my characters and story instead of people.

This sounds like a horror show, I know. I suspect it is, but that’s how it’s been for all my books so far. I have an advanced case of esprit d’escalier only since these great ideas have to do with a novel which takes a while to put together, I can actually go back with the perfect bon mot and nobody will ever know I didn’t think of it until way late.

I have to do this kind of slice and dice very quickly because I often need to have 3 or 4 chapters all in my head as I reassemble and sort out the bits and put the left overs in the right places, and I don’t want to forget who’s going where. If I go too slow or think too much every thing just goes to heck. It’s scary because in the middle every thing’s a bit fat mess, and I get in there and muck about and then it’s all better. Usually. To be honest, sometimes it’s not and I have to start over. But this one feels good.



Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Didn’t get much done today. At least not yet. Stuff going on etc that’s distracting me a bit. I struggled with Xia today so I decided to start reading from the beginning in order to get a check on where I am with this. Are things hanging together? Are there small tweaks doing big things? Stuff like that. The answer seems to be yes, more or less. So, back to it. Sigh

But Xia ia gratifyingly bad in the opening chapter, and I fixed it starting out more boring than it should have. Hopefully I fixed it enough. I have 15 chapters so far. I hope to exceed 30K today. That would be good.



Tuesday, December 11th, 2007


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Amodiovalerio Verde

Scandal is done. Since I cried at several chapters, I’m happy.


Down to the Wire

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Today I hit 95,066 words so I’m golden tonight. I’m up to chapter 23 in the final read through. I fixed my two trouble spots and it rocks completely. Put a bit more on the line in a couple chapters tonight. Tomorrow, I’m pushing on.

Tonight, I’m going to bed.

I’ve been listening to a lot of James Blunt as I finish up. I really love the emotion of his music. Plus sometimes he uses a bad word or two and it’s really kind of nice knowing the work wasn’t sanitized for consumption. I have three of his CD’s now and when I have the money I’ll be on a quest for everything else he’s done. I can sing along to the music and get myself in a good mood for writing. Which is pretty much the whole point. Yet another artist discovered from MySpace. But not from his profile. From someone else’s profile music. So, let’s see. Someone has a song of his playing on their profile. Carolyn hears it, and now owns three of his CD’s plus an Amazon download of a single he did on some other album. So, why do artists delete their songs from MySpace profiles?

What else? Killer headache. But I can’t get sick so I won’t. That’s it. At my son’s soccer practice the temp was 53 with about an hour to go and by the end it was 44. Yeah, people who live with real weather are wondering why I’m complaining about a heat wave but for here, that’s just darned cold. I was thinking about putting on my socks.

OK, off to bed.


Still working…

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

I fell asleep this afternoon. I feel a lot better for the nap, but it kinda put a crimp in the reading. I went grocery shopping early today so as to get it out of the way and have my afternoon clear, but a bunch of stuff kept coming up. I washed hundreds (and I do mean hundreds) of box elder beetles off the outside of the sliding glass door in my room. After that murderous spree, I admitted I had a couple of rough patches to fix in Scandal and then went and fixed them. I hope. And no I was NOT procrastinating or anything like that. Sheesh! Like I’d ever do that. I just didn’t want to stare at all those bugs any more. I didn’t. Would you? I wish the peacocks were still here. They ate a lot of box elder beetles.

I had to make two batches of cookies tonight, one for the Darling Child and his lunches for the week, the other for the Cookie Parade at work. Not, as I was hoping, an event where you dress up as your favorite cookie, but one where you bring them to work for every one to enjoy. Can you say good bye diet? I can. Rats.

Anyway, I’m going to read more and hope I find out that I’ve fixed the problem chapters.


Making Progress!

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Today I got through all my action items for Scandal. Yay! By the time I was ready to print out the MS for a final read through I was up to 94K. I’m doing the read through now, and it’s going pretty well so far. Nothing major. So far.

I’m posting early because I promised my son months ago that we’d see the Golden Compass when it came out. The movie’s out now. We’re just waiting for my sister to get here, since she gets off early enough on Saturdays that she can come with us. Then we’re off to the movie.

At the moment, I’m really tired. Don’t know why but I am.


Closing in

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

I think I’m just about done with Scandal. No fork quite yet, but I finished having it read to me. I have a list of action items, going through the MS for phrases I think I’ve repeated or overused, some continuity etc. There’s only 8 things on the list. I’ll get through that in the mornning, then print it off and start reading.

At the gym in the AM, I’ve started blocking out the next paranormal. That’s been fun. Sort of.

OK, off to sleep.