Editing Update — Week #1

Progress Report, Week 1:After finishing that last section of Kindred, thus bumping my 217,000 word count up to 286,000, I've faced the challenge of trimming it back down again to something remotely publishable in size (which is far less than 217,000). It's a major...

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Writers are readers

I've had a quote taped to my writing desk for many years. So many that I've long since forgotten where I found it. And (unusual for me), I failed to attribute the quote on the slip of paper that has stared out at me from under its cellophane window lo these past 12-13...

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Over at Karen’s Blog….

Editor and author (and awesome Boggle player), Karen Ball, has an interesting discussion going on over at her blog. It started with this post, on November 11th, in which Karen asked her readers:So, as a reader, what are you looking for in a book, especially fiction,...

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Clearing out the clutter, in more ways than one

I have a mammogram this morning, then the rest of the day I mean to devote to weeding through the piles of research notes and scraps and odds and bits that have accumulated over the past four+ years of writing Kindred. Need to be sure I haven't overlooked something...

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Book Review and Something New

Still resting from Kindred. Going to try and let another week go by before I begin revisions and editing.I finished editing my childrens story, Bear Country. I shaved another 4000 words off. That's pretty cool.Something even cooler:While the autumn rain streamed down...

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November “Receipts” — Sweet breads & muffins

While Kindred is sitting on the back burner, and I'm resting from my labors, thought I'd post about one of my non-writing passions... baking! (Not interested? Skip to the end of this post for a worthwhile writing-related link.)If I didn't or couldn't write, I'd either...

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The End… for now

I did it! I wrote the last two scenes of Kindred today, and reached my goal of finishing the last section by October 30th. I'm pretty wiped, having a hard time finding more words to type this blog post, but I wanted to get something down to mark the day. I wrote the...

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The End in sight

Over 2000 words written today. One day left to go. Two scenes left to write. Lots of things will change on Friday. 1. I'll enter a new decade. 2. Our Indian Summer weather will break with a series of fronts bringing rain and wind (and likely the rest of the leaves...

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One week countdown, and I make a scene

I've finished writing for today, Thursday. There's a week to go before my self-imposed deadline of October 30th. By then I hope to have the final chapters of Kindred written. Not polished, mind, just written. Knowing my pace (even this current breakneck pace) and how...

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my view

This is the view I have outside the window where I write. I love this tree in October!

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