Posts Tagged ‘ripping to shreds’

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.

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World’s most boring post title removed from this space

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Moving right along. I went to the gym while my son was at soccer practice, then home etc. I exceeded my minimum tonight because last night I kept waking up to find myself dreaming about Scandal and that resulted in a proper ending for last night’s chapter and a new chapter today. Mulled it over during the mental downtime of the day and then while I was waiting for practice to be over notebooked it a bit which meant I was prepared to write tonight.

I’m still kind of freaked that Scandal seems to be going well at the moment. I have to decide now if I go over earlier chapters and get them conformed to its new emotional tenor. I’m trying to avoid saying gravitas again, but I think that’s the right word. I think that’s the right thing to do because that way when I get to the back chapters I’ll know exactly where they’re headed and will have undoubtedly (Patti O’Shea, close your eyes now!!) ripped out, reordered and rewritten a good deal of the front two thirds.

Oh, boy. Ripping to shreds. I can hardly wait.

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Still editing

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Well, I had to fix another couple chapters. Sigh. By fix I mean eviscerate. I chopped out four pages at least. Possibly more. I’m not sure right now. I’m working on it between sentences of this blog. Still, any time you take out the boring stuff and improve what’s left, that’s reason to celebrate. I just wish it were June 14th instead of Bastille Day. (Vive la France!) Oh well. Off to do more work.

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The Joy of Sleeping

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

It’s a holiday today (Happy Birthday USA!) and I slept until 10:30 am. Whoa. Guess I was exhausted. I feel rested right now. There are various festivities today and a child to entertain and spend time with. We’re going to the movies and then he has a party (I’ll be working!) and then fireworks at my brother’s.

Day before yesterday I deleted a boring chapter from Magellan’s Witch and rewrote the boring beginning of another. As I was in bed trying to keep my eyes open while I was reading a book about Structure and Plot, this great idea popped into my head about what my heroine had done. It solves quite a few issues for me. So I had to notebook that because I was so tired I was afraid if I didn’t I’d fall asleep and forget. The read through continues, but slowly because I’ve had to stop and fix several things.

Anyhoo, off to celebrate and spend time with family.

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What do you mean there’s no email?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

So, I got home today with the darling child and the electricity was out. And stayed out for about an hour and a half at least. Let’s see, no electricity means no water (the well has an electric pump) no laundry (aww) no washing dishes, no turning on the computer, no checking email, no answering email. For the DC, no TV, no wii. So we talked a bit, prepped for a school project he has due and then I read a book for the duration. Talk about roughing it.

You must have guessed by now that the electricity came back on. Would have been nice to read a little longer. I could have read hard pages or notebooked, but I didn’t want to. I’m actually feeling kind of relaxed right now.

I had the MS with me at the gym this morning. Things are smoothing out a bit. But I’d like to get through it once in a short period of time without ripping things to shreds.

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Catching up

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Mostly, I’ve been busy working on Magellan’s Witch. Some parts are going well, others need work. I’ve moved some stuff around and now I’ve just discovered that a whole section is not in the order I thought I put in in, but I’m busy fixing this other chapter and now I’m irritated that I have to go fix that next when I thought things would be OK after that. me. frowning

Also, just as a side rant, I am really really REALLY sick of people making snotty comments about romance. I was reading an agent’s blog the other day and in the comments, someone said, basically, how horrible a particular situation would be if people were gasp! horrors! reading a Harlequin romance instead of something else. Why? Just freaking why would that be so horrible? Oh, I’m just not going to get going on that. Reading is reading. And Francis Bacon himself noted famously that books are to be digested in different ways. If I’m at a point in my life where I want to have a guaranteed happy ending at the end of my book, why the heck is that a disaster that will, apparently, bring down Western Civilization as we know it? I believe the commenter managed to insult Comic books, too. me. rolling eyes and trying hard not to bust a gut.

Oh, just Sigh. I have to go back to fixing crap.

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I’ve been a good writer, but it really hurt

Friday, December 15th, 2006

All righty. I’m on track for the better direction. Actually, that would be, a direction since until a couple of days ago I had only a very vague sense of direction. First, I stopped futzing around. Then I worked on my outline so that I was clear on what was happening in the chapters I have so far, and I added the skeleton of what I need to write. That way I can keep track.

Then, I went to the chapters and moved the bits around until they were where I needed them to be. Then I fixed the egregious discontinuities that resulted. Next, I looked at and deleted all the chapters (there were 10 of them) that were the result of work on the previous draft. I marked the ones I know have bits I’ll need. The result? -8 words which is really not so bad.

The 10 deleted chapters don’t count, since I removed them from my master document ages ago. I just hadn’t decided on a direction so I wasn’t comfortable moving them to the dead files section. But now I am and now I’m in a position to fix more stuff all the while going forward.

And now I’m going to bed. Ah, sleep. You are my favorite muse.

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