I’ve discovered I have a bad habit of writing blog posts with the intention of posting them later, only to forget about them and eventually remember at a later date when the topic is no longer relevant. A perfect example is how, last week, I asked readers on Facebook & Twitter if they’d ever had their shoulders dislocated. A particular scene in TLM required some research, and I thought it would be fun to ask. I wrote a post to reinforce my social network requests
and then promptly forgot it existed–until now, after having received the info I needed and working through the scene in question.
The point of me telling you this is to explain why I sometimes go for a week or more between posts. Lately I’ve had the urge to blog more, as I feel I’ve got something to say about things happening in the writing world, but finding the time–or the motivation–to do it is becoming increasingly difficult. However, I’m here for the time being, and I plan to bring everyone up to speed:
For the first time in months, I can honestly say they are going well. My difficulties with previous chapters were equated to writing (and rewriting) new material, reshaping a section of the plot within specific parameters. The end result was the deletion of about 9k words
from the total manuscript, the removal of one character, renaming of another, and in some cases, completely changing the overall tone of entire chapters.
I still have to go back and update earlier chapters with the name changes, but so far I feel confident that what I’ve done is ready to head back to Amelia’s desk for the second pass.
I hoped to finish Ch. 5 last weekend, but I wasn’t feeling well–sinus issues again–so that put a damper on my plans. Currently, I’m half way through Ch.5, and I’m surprised at the consistency of it all. The chapter reads like the others, post-changes–a fact that reinforces my
decision to revise them so heavily.
Completion of Ch.5 will mark a third of the way through the manuscript. At this point in time, the only major rewrites coming down the line involve the epilogue. All the rest will just need to be trimmed or split. Probably both.
I’m going to be interviewed on ParaYourNormal’s BlogTalkRadio show next month. I’ll post details as we get closer to the date. I may also have another book blog appearance lined up this spring. We’re still ironing out the details on that one.
American Books of the Dead
My friend Henry Baum unveiled a new cover this week for his upcoming novel, The American Book of the Dead: Part Two. Actually there are two covers–one’s for a bigger volume containing both books. In case you haven’t read the first one, I
recommend you do so.
So that’s it . . .
I can’t think of anything else that needs to be said at the moment. I hope everyone’s doing well.
Until next time,