Friday, July 18, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
I'd like to be done with this phase by the weekend, and seriously re-plot through next week.
In other news, I've got reviews for several books I'd like to post, if I could find the time to write them. Unfortunately, being in full-on revisions mode makes me hyper-critical, and I can't enjoy everything as much as I might. Thankfully, there are some authors (a few I happen to know "personally") who are good enough that I can still get transported into the story and escape for a little while.
In other other news, I booked our hotel for Fergus tonight. Only one month from now, woohoo! It's a shame DH isn't coming with me, though; he would have worn his kilt.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I picked up where I left off with Chapter 12 and started cutting some more. Among tonight's casualties: my beloved "takedowns" scene, or most of it. *sigh* All told I cut about 2500 words, and that only from chapters 12-16.
The rest of the time was spent adding a new scene, or most of one. A little over 500 words. Alec and Janet discussing their future, not knowing Elspeth is nearby and the sight of them kissing will send her off to Glencoe alone...
All in all, I'm pleased. Yay, caffeine. *g*
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Right now we're looking at scenes: what makes a well-balanced, complete one, things a scene should and should not do, etc. Our assignment was to post a pivotal scene from the MS, and I chose Elspeth's confrontation with Breadalbane and her bargain for Alec's life. On the whole it was well-received (by the two people who've commented so far) and some good comments were made that inspired about a 100-word addition to the scene...my first new words in a while. I also reworked some stuff and took out some "telling" where I didn't need it.
So that's one out of, oh, about 130 or so scenes in the MS that's in pretty much final condition now. I'll take what progress I can get, hehe.
Now it's almost midnight and I think I'll be better served in general by going to bed and resuming my slash-and-burn operation tomorrow night.
But in the meantime, if anyone wants to save $30 on a CatGenie - a catbox that not only scoops but washes itself and doesn't need litter - let me know. I can give you a "friends & family" coupon code. After less than a week I am IN LOVE with mine. It's totally worth the money.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
I made it through the first 1/3 of the MS (chapters 1-11) in my slash-and-burn rampage.
According to LSB (Liquid Story Binder) I cut almost 2600 words tonight. (I've done a little bit previously, too.) The overall MS is at 107,250. So I'm down a total of 5K or so, and I've got another 12K at least to get down to my target of 95K. Some of that will come in the next few nights as I cut big scenes and chunks of scenes (some are hard to part with, but I have to admit to myself they're more for me than for the story). Other wordage will evaporate as I get into the nitty-gritty revisions, scene-by-scene. Right now it's the broad-stroke stuff, because I'll get hung up in the little details if I try to go in and just take out lines or paragraphs.
I will also have new stuff to write, at some point. But I think after I get all this extraneous stuff cut, it will be a big catch-up plotting/organizing streak, and then we'll see where I am in the revisions workshop - I really do plan to blog about that, someday - and hopefully I'll manage to keep pace.
In other news, I'm probably going to Fergus again this year! My friend Jodi *waves* is also somewhat obsessed with Scotland and we're planning a "girls' weekend out" road trip. Fun times.
Now I'm for bed. Staff meeting at 8 am tomorrow.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
My new plan:
8 pm: begin bedtime routine for Little Boy
9 pm: LB in bed; wash face, brush teeth, etc. while waiting for him to settle down
~9:30 pm: at computer - go straight to work on revisions
11:30-12 am: wrap up revisions for the night, check e-mail/blogs and other online administrativa
~12 am: bedtime
6 am: alarm goes off
8 am: work
~6-7 pm: home, dinner, playtime
8 pm: lather, rinse, repeat
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
(Y'all, I have so much to blog and absolutely no time to do it - what with the internet ban at work, and my evening computer time taken up by the revisions workshop - so I'll have to make do with this for now.)
Stolen from Shaylin, who stole it from Jon, who stole it from Sandy:
1. What's in your pocket right now? Nothing. My cell phone about 15 minutes ago.
2. Have you ever gone skinny-dipping? Do hot tubs count?
3. Did you have a baby blanket? I don't think so, but I did have a tattered old feather pillow with a homemade pillow case (Lovey Pillow) and a ragged stuffed rabbit missing an eye (Lovey Bunny). Still have them, in fact - though I don't sleep with them anymore.
4. Have you ever tried to cut your own hair? When I had bangs, I cut my own all the time. Never the whole head, though.
5. How did that turn out? Fine. Like I said, I did it all the time.
6. Have you ever sleepwalked? I don't think so.
7.Have you ever had a birthday party at a restaurant? Yeah. Blanking on which ones, but I'm pretty sure I have.
8. Have you ever eaten a dog biscuit? Tried one. Not bad, actually.
9. If you were in a car sinking in a lake, what would you do first? Open the door. (Thank you, Mythbusters.)
10. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? No.
11. Have you ever fallen asleep in school? OH, yeah.
12. How many foreign countries have you visited? 4: Mexico, Israel, Bahamas, Canada. Oh! 5 if you count our layover in Copenhagen on the way to Israel.
13. Have you ever broken a bone? Not officially. Possibly a few undiagnosed hairline fractures in there somewhere. OTOH, I drink a lot of milk.
14. Have you ever accidentally taken something from a hotel? No, not accidentally.
15. If you could invite any movie star to your home for dinner, who would it be? Movie star? Can't it be someone interesting?
16. If you could attend an Olympic Event, what would it be? I like to watch figure skating and gymnastics. Fencing would be pretty neat, too. Also archery.
17. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Hmmm...6 pairs of serviceable work shoes (3 black, 3 brown, usage varies by season), 3 pairs of tennis shoes (white, black/white, and blue/silver - the first 2 are new as of last weekend), 2 pairs of boots (black and brown), 1 pair of tartan - not plaid - ballet flats, and assorted pairs of sandals/strappy dress shoes. 2 pairs of dress heels. Or something like that.
18. If you won a $5,000 shopping spree to any store, which store would you pick? Oy... How about Carnival Cruise Lines online reservations? Does that count? I'm too tired to analyze best-case options right now.
19. Have you ever been rushed to the emergency room? Not rushed, but taken. I seriously had like a 106+ fever when I was in 4th(?) grade. And once I jumped in a pile of leaves and almost broke my wrist (but didn't, cf. #13). Can't remember if the time I hit the pipe in the road while riding my bicycle barefoot resulted in an ER trip or not. I think it probably did.
20. Have you ever had surgery? Yeah, most recently my wisdom teeth out. Only one other back in college, and it was outpatient too. Nothing major.
21. When was the last time you had a sit-down dinner with your immediate family that didn't consist of a television? Saturday night? Sunday we were gone all day to the zoo, and Little Boy's been gone to Granny's since yesterday (he gets back on Thursday, and that's why I'm able to be on the computer before 10 pm...)