Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
After 17.5 hours of edits on Conventional Demon, I think this book is as polished as it's going to get. Bring on the submissions, Harper Voyager. I'm ready.
Friday, September 21, 2012
The results are telling:
Conventional Demon: Total Word Count 94,000
- Simply: 22 times
- Definitely: 40 times
- Just: 244 times
Thursday, September 20, 2012
|Eva Parker and the Elephant of Doom (Source)|
There is, however, a finite number of days and hours my muse will be hampered by sickness. On the second day, when I was too exhausted from sitting to remain upright, unable to regulate my body temperature long enough to fall asleep, and NyQuil was failing to meet all its promises, I grabbed a notebook and pen and wrote down all the titles for Eva I could think of.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
|Psst! Edits are done!|
Because so much of writing a novel is invisible to all but the author (and the people who live with her), I really enjoy when I have quantitative stats.
I'm notorious for overwriting, which means each edit was as much about trimming as it was about refining the story.
- Draft 1 = 124,615 words / 444 pages
- Draft 2 = 120,887 words / 431 pages
- Draft 3 = 119,771 words / 427 pages
Thursday, September 13, 2012
|What replotting looks like inside my head.|
But that was okay. I had a solution. It was typed out in outline form over a month ago after the first read, when I recognized the flaw in the story's logic. It was a great solution. In fact, it was so amazing that modern science hasn't even caught up with it. Which meant, sadly, it was no good for this novel. I'm not writing a futuristic sci-fi. My character has already performed a spectacular scientific feat. To have her make two amazing scientific leaps in one novel was one too many.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
|How I visualize my queue of story ideas.|
Yep. Nonfiction. Technically, this idea has been pinging around my head for the last five or so years. It hasn't quietly gone away, nor has it worked its way into any fiction novels. It has persisted. And last night, it was done with being quiet and waiting its turn in the queue of story ideas.
As I tried to fall asleep, it paraded back and forth, shouting out ideas for layout designs, cover , interior art, and, most importantly, content.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
|Photo courtesy of Calvin Merry|