Itchin to write

Work was gruelling today. Not because I had a bad day or because someone was bothering me, but because all I wanted to do all day was come home and write. That’s what happens after two days of no writing!

So today, after I got home, was a good day. I finished the rough cut of a brand new / replacement chapter with Cassondra and then I finished the next to last pass on Ch 10 ( another rewrite of hers ). I also ironed out – at a high level – a lot of the wrinkles created by her new story line. Awesome!

And in industry news today, @Porter_Anderson did a great article on Jane Friedman’s blog: http://tco/95zKp9fI

I highly recommend checking out sections 1-3 if you get a chance. It’s a rare thing to get measured, unemotional analysis of changes in today’s marketplace and this delivers in spades.


I’m horrible at holding the line

Yah, you guessed it. That holding the line business? Cassondra didn’t want no part of that. So now I’m ripping things apart left and right. One chapter is out altogether, a new one is coming in, and the first half of another is going to change. And that might not be the extent of it. We’ll see.

Funny thing is, at the same time I was sitting at my desk, staring at the computer, trying to figure out how to handle all this, Lisa was over at the Scribblerati blogging about pretty much the same thing.

In her case, she was talking about arguing with her Inner Voice about whether to make a change, which is similar to what I was going through. I my case that Inner Voice was insistent. No, Cassondra was insistent. I woke up Saturday morning and I knew before I got out of bed that she wasn’t going to let it go.

So, more change.

I’ll keep you posted.

Hold the line!

This week hasn’t been the most productive. That nasty cold I’ve been complaining about really slowed me down. I managed to get the edits done on Ch 17 and I finished some critiquing for this Tuesday’s Scribblerati meeting, but that’s about all I got done in the first part of the week.

I started Ch 19 on Thursday, worked on it some last night, and then all in a sudden Ch 19’s POV character, Cassondra, started wanting to go in a different direction. And that stumped me. I thought about it all last night and a bunch this morning and – it was tempting. On the plus side, it would be fun to explore a different path with her and in some ways it would have amped up the conflict in her story line. On the other side, it would be more rework and in the end I’m not sure the time spent would be worth it.

And so (continuing with these odd TV references) I shouted in my best Babylon 5 Captain Sinclair voice: “Hold the line!”

For better or worse, I’m sticking with the original plot.

But we’ll see.

Cassandra hasn’t stopped nagging me about this.

I love it when a chapter comes together!

(Spoken in my best Hannibal from A-Team voice. The 80’s version- sorry Liam!)

Why the excitement? Because I knocked out chapter 18 tonight. I was a bit worried going in because it’s 9 pages long but I ripped through that sucker. I wish I had more chapters like that!

I made progress this weekend too. I did 16 on Sunday and spent way too much time on Saturday futzing with the central argument in chapter 15. I know it would have went faster if my head hadn’t been so congested that I couldn’t even smell the bacon I cooked for breakfast. Stupid cold.

Also, I think I’m going to buy a Kindle. I read an article today that talked about how if you plan on publishing an ebook then you better do your research and know how the things work. Kinda obvious, but I’ve been too busy editing to think about stuff like that.

Now I need to figure out what to read! Any suggestions?

Gak! I’m sick!

I know it’s been quiet around here lately but as the title says, I have been sick!

It started a week ago Friday but didn’t really knock me on my ass until this last Wednesday and I haven’t worked a bit on the book since then. In fact, it’s been all I can do to get myself to work and back home again. I haven’t even been trolling the Twitter feeds for all the latest industry gossip and I’m usually quite the junkie when it comes to that stuff. So sad.

So today: I’m hoping to get back on the unicorn – positive thoughts! My head still feels like there’s about 4 pounds of snot crammed into my sinuses so I don’t really know how productive I’ll be but I’m going to give it the old college try.

After all, this frakking thing isn’t going to edit itself.

In the zone!

Kinda kicked some editing ass tonight- cuz I was in the zone! Hammered through the rest of Ch 15 and made another pass on Ch 3.

What? Another pass on Ch 3? Yes. Much to my dismay, I have discovered that even after these intense editing passes I can still print a finished chapter and find more damn changes. It’s un-freaking-ending.

But this is it. Two passes and then an editor can deal with the frakking thing.

That’s it for now. I thought of like a dozen other things to blog about while at work today but there’s only so much time after work and that book is one needy mo-fo.