Monday, March 15, 2010

No time to 'splain. Let me sum up...

Greetings, Fearless Readers. I am writing this at 12:12 am (pay no attention to post time, I am a slow writer of blog posts). This, I am sure, is due to daylight savings time. Sigh. I foresee wandering around like a damn zombie much of tomorrow.

I had a lazy weekend. I'll admit it. I only got a few chapters edited, but I'm up to page 307, and so far, it looks like I've shaved off about 23 pages. This is good. I'm at 476 pages, and I know there is more to trim. If I get down to 450 I think I'd be happy. That's 112K. I think that'll do, pig. And I'm sure my betas will show me the error of my ways and help me jettison some more. **Looks sternly in the direction of potential beta readers**

I'm also going to adjust my goals for the year. I had three months of editing planned. One thing I have learned from this experience - two months is not enough simmer time for a book. I'm gonna write another book in Sept and Oct instead of editing three books in a row. Next year, I'll write a book, do an edit, write a book, do an edit.

I'm also getting excited about April. I'm resurrecting an old story, my second book that I never finished. I wrote myself into many corners and did much ceiling staring during the writing of it. Now, of course, I have learned the write and write and write technique and now, I trust my instincts. Before, I didn't listen to myself, I thought I was wrong all the time. I've decided now that my subconscious is my best friend and it knows what it's doing. I mean, who else is going to write these things, right?! It's a sort of western boy meets jungle girl love story. With horses and cows. Cattle rustling. It's all good.... I foresee a lot of Hank and Hank Jr. on the itunes next month.


  1. "I've decided now that my subconscious is my best friend and it knows what it's doing."

    This is so true.


  2. Where is the jungle girl from? This sounds interesting...

  3. Lee - thank you! I'm glad I'm not the only one!

    Aubrie... she... are from the jungle. ?? tee hee.The thing I love about it is that in her society, the roles are reversed. The women "bond" with greatcats and go out and do the hunting/gathering and protect the outer territories where they live. The men stay in the village and fashion living structures and tools and things - but they are the epitome of masculinity. I'm looking forward to going back there...

  4. Oooo, it sounds like a really great story! Sounds like you've got a lot on the go. Good for you!

  5. Thank you! yeah, I'm trying to keep goin' and keep motivated! :)

  6. Hey bettie!! Don't be too hard on yourself for not editing. Everyone needs a break once in awhile. Secondly, good luck on your new story for April. You are kicking ass girl! And I bow in your fabulousness! Keep up the great work!!

  7. *waves*


    Your blog looks so nice and I must agree - your April story sounds very interesting!

    Good luck with your edits!

  8. OMG!!! I totally missed the damn Princess Bride reference of your title! *slaps head* Man... my head needs to be screwed on tighter... :P

  9. I came here for the PB reference...

    Where's Inigo??