Jan 15

Finishing Touches

Posted: under Craft, Revisions, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  January 15th, 2012

Chapter numbers.   Chapter numbers don’t go on until I’m sure all the chapters are there, in the right order (OK, MOSTLY sure.)    Before that, chapters have a title, such as “Chapter: Kieri & Elves Talk History” (not actual title.)  That way I can use a search on “Chapter” to find the beginnings of chapters, and the title tells me if I have the one I want.  Chapter numbers change during the writing, as I may be off-chronology.    Chapters are numbered now, all forty-one of them.

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Dec 17

Found a Peanut

Posted: under Revisions, the writing life.
Tags: ,  December 17th, 2011

Some of you know the nonsense song, and some of you don’t, but in terms of finishing this book…I found the elusive duplication, removed the elusive duplication, put the single copy in a better place in the sequence, and…then found the elusive sequence gap that I knew was in there somewhere and filled it.   Progress returned to normal for a time, with only top-level fine-polishing to do.

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Dec 06

Revision, Revision, Snippets

Posted: under Contents, Echoes of Betrayal, snippet, the writing life.
Tags: , , , ,  December 6th, 2011

First a thank-you to y’all for your patience.    It has been a…um…very busy time here at the old homestead.  Tonight is the night of the Messiah performance, and that will make four days in a row of driving to the city for 3+ hours of singing (and on Sunday I drove in early to sing the first service at church, then drove home to do the other stuff.)

Your reward for the patience is a snippet, after a short review of revision progress.   I have finally (FINALLY) got important two important events tied in neatly with all their threads connected.    As I near the end of a book, everything has more and more threads hanging off it (it’s connected to this, that, and the other in various ways–foreshadowings that may go back several books,  links to contemporaneous happenings, hooks set that will turn out later to be significant, etc.    The next to last book in a group is even more rife with threads for every major event, internal and external.   And every one of those little stinkers needs to be woven in, as invisibly as possible, so the pattern is unbroken.    But enough about the work in progress:  Herewith a snippet from the work to come.

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Oct 22

Reinventing the Wheel

Posted: under Revisions, the writing life.
Tags: ,  October 22nd, 2011

Writer emerges from the undergrowth, stained and ragged and wild-eyed from having taken “the short cut” to getting this thing in order.   Taking it down to be printed somewhere else never happened, due to Lifestuff.    So Writer elected to do it all in the machine (the printer is not happy about churning out lots of pages in a hurry.  Some pages in a hurry, fine.  800+ pages in a hurry…not fine.)   Writer then looked at the mass of thick, impenetrable brush in front of her and spotted what looked like a short-cut game trail.   And plunged in.

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Feb 21

Ants, Words, Books, Birds, More Words

Posted: under Crisis of Vision, Kings of the North, Life beyond writing, Oath of Fealty, Revisions, the writing life.
Tags: , , ,  February 21st, 2011

The morning began with the discovery (not unexpected by me!) that the dozen or so ants on the counter yesterday had become a superhighway of ants along the edge of the counter, up the wall, and into one of the cabinets.  They had also constructed a network of smaller routes on the counter itself.  Some of them had crossed the Great Chasm between counter and stove top, with the result that the sugar bowl (these are sugar ants, much to be preferred if you must have ants) had ants in it.

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Feb 17

Revisions (almost) Done

Posted: under Crisis of Vision, Editing, Life beyond writing, Revisions, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  February 17th, 2011

It took longer than it should have, thanks to getting sick (at which point my brain goes duuhhhhhhh… and can’t see the sense in a sentence) but Editor Revisions are second-run done.  Now to see if Editor agrees with what I’ve done with what she did.

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Feb 15

A Writer’s Day(s)

Posted: under Crisis of Vision, Editing, Life beyond writing, Revisions, the writing life.
Tags: , , , , ,  February 15th, 2011

Today has been not-quite-typical but sufficiently full of writing stuff that you might find it interesting.   Though it started not with writing stuff but with the car making odd noises the last time I had it out.

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Feb 03

The Juggling Act

Posted: under Crisis of Vision, Editing, Kings of the North, Life beyond writing, Marketing, Oath of Fealty, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  February 3rd, 2011

Writers with what I call Engineer Mind have perfectly organized desks and files.   I’ve met a few of those.   I’m not one.  I have what I call Writer Mind (in lieu of calling it Chaos Mind.)    All my organizational skill goes into the writing…none is left over for anything else.

This becomes even more obvious when I’m faced with competing demands on organizational ability.

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Jan 29

Editor Comments

Posted: under Crisis of Vision, Editing, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  January 29th, 2011

Yesterday’s post was written before the call and email  from Editor, and now Crisis of Vision is back at the top of the priority list.    As expected (given the raw speed of revision in December) I missed some things.   Editor also wants a chapter moved from Crisis to the next book (did that this morning) to get Crisis under 170K.

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Jan 02

Annals of Revision VI

Posted: under Craft, Revisions, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  January 2nd, 2011

Many wise things have been said about putting the same effort into the last part of a task as in the first 90 (or sometimes 99) percent.    To which I can only say “Yeah.  That.”     No book is ever perfect, but the closer the writer comes, the better the reader’s experience.

Yet at some point, the writer must stop…stop writing, stop revising (at least for awhile) and send the book to its Editor, and at some point the Editor must stop…stop asking for more revision, more changes, and then the book goes out in the world as groomed at they both can make it, but both understanding that somewhere something will have been missed.

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