"None will open unless I push them myself." - Val DeWitt

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Rolling On..

Finished the 3rd draft, ended up around 75,000 words, about 1500 cut from previous. I've begun my 4th draft, doing edits on paper. As I explained earlier, looking at the writing in a fresh medium brings out all sorts of problems I simply wasn't seeing anymore. What I find is these are mostly just Too Many Words... the bane of early drafts. So, likely it'll be down again to 72,000 words when all's said and done. My agent's itching to see it, so I might try something new this time, though it's a risk. I'm going to go a certain way through my editing, then beginning passing on completed chapters to my proofreaders, and as they go through, if I think the changes are enough I'll, possibly, we'll see how it goes, send the opening chapters and synopsis to the agent for marketing. Problem with this approach is, well, what if the proofreaders find some glaring plot problem?

Well, I suppose it doesn't really matter. Any interested publisher will need to wait for the final manuscript anyway... and this way we take advantage of the usual long wait times of book editors to polish the manuscript. Anyway, like I said, we'll see.

Before I started the new draft, I took a few days to go back through three stories that have been waiting patiently for some final work, and I've sent these out now and it feels good to have more in circulation. There's still one more, a co-written story Michael Arruda and I have been bandying... is that the word?... back and forth for over four years now. It's done, I think, we're just working out what to do with the last sentence. As least it's the last sentence, not the first. :-)
OK. Well that's about it. Any deep insightful thoughts I might have thought to share has, as usual, gone flying out the window as soon as I began writing this....

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Here I am...

Sorry. Been on vacation then trying to catch up at work, been out of touch for a while. I did manage to crawl to the 91.7 % completion level for draft 3 in... well, my agent doesn't like Destroyer of Worlds (didn't think she would, Michelle you didn't care for that yourself if I remember correctly), so back to the drawing board on that one... we're trying to think of a good title revolving around Time... any hopeless, angst ridden expressions, themes around Time, something about second chances, or last chance, or something like that (even madness), without sounding like a Patterson title? let me know...

Where was I? Ah, so almost done with the 3rd draft before I print it off, run through one more time I think before my beloved proofreaders get a hold of it (that is, if Fran's still speaking to me after the Billy the Clown incident... long story, :-)


I always think of a hundred things to write for this blog, then freeze up mentally when it comes time. However, some news: The cover for Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest, issue #11, is done, and I'm humbled but psyched at getting my name as a headline. See below:


What's next? Not sure. There is an HWA anthology with a tight deadline, so am racing to finish final revisions to "Seeing Monkeys" so I can send it along. Gotta finish the book though... have to keep swimming or I'll drown....