Posts Tagged ‘word whacking’

Sometimes Paranoia is Justified

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

The Next Historical is at a tad over 80,000 words. Normally, I’d say that’s more or less done, just polishing left. But as I work my way through the chapters, writing new ones, deleting old ones, fixing the survivors, I feel like I am heading into a dark and very scary place.

There be monsters there.

Monsters in the form of really old chapters that don’t reflect the current story. Which makes me feel like my actual word count is something more like 50,000 which is a panic number. Ack! Ack! Carolyn running around panicking

I continue forward into this unknown country from which this writer may never return, ready to fight monsters with my trusty… er… keyboard, delete, backspace, select-all delete, undo, redo, and

q w e r t y u i o p a s d f g h j k l z x c v b n m

(but not necessarily in that order, plus there will be lots of repetition of the little buggers, hopefully in new and sparkly combinations)

K. That’s how I’m feeling. And now, for a quickie post of good news. In the next post. Not this one!

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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.

DELETE

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.

Sigh

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.

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Not exactly crying

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

I read through Scandal today, then whacked 2500 words out of chapter 2. I think that fixed things, but I have to read through it again to be sure. Chapter 1 seems to be fixed, which is nice. Anyway, have to get my son to bed. Then back to work.

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