Nice of me, huh.
I've been doing nothing but re-writing for a couple of months, which
is not my favorite activity. Right now, I need to get "Snaked" done.
Cohesion wanted some major changes and I'm trying my best to do them.
Haven't really ever had anyone from the outside ask for that before.
They've got a stake in me--I've seen the cover to "Snaked" and it's
pretty spectacular--so if I make a good faith effort, I'm sure it will
Meanwhile, I have "Deadfall Ridge" out with
beta-readers and editors. The first beta reader, who knows his outdoors,
was pretty blunt in his criticism--which is good, believe me. I can
address most of his criticisms, and a few others I can try to finesse,
but I'm not surprised by what he found to be faults.
really liked the first chapter "Which made me willing to read the rest
of the book." The implication that he didn't like the rest. "Too many
adverbs and ing words."
So I immediately went to the
manuscript and started fooling with it. For one thing, I think I have
decided on the final draft to turn it all into 3rd person. I was never
completely comfortable with the 1st person. Just didn't feel like I
pulled it off.
I'm backing away from the book until I get all the critiques back.
I need to get "Snaked" done first.
trying to handle the "Snaked" revisions one at a time. Finding the
simplest solutions wherever possible, because I've got two major changes
I need to concentrate on.
It's weird--but having
someone actually request changes is way more stressful than just
realizing myself that changes need to be made. Most of the suggestions
are right on--especially for the kind of books Cohesion publishes-- big, action-oriented creature books. My book was probably a little too
mellow the first draft. (I've already done one rewrite on their request,
which improved the action dramatically.)
In other words, they are helping mold this book into a much more vibrant story.
I always like my first drafts, you know. That is always the real story
to me. Improving the books for others--and I want to be clear here; they
ARE improvements--still tends to diminish my pleasure a little.
What I give up in pleasure, I give to the reader.
Writing while moving is pretty much impossible. I knew that. I figured the month was a goner.
What I'm not sure I anticipated is how it would change routines so much. I had particular times, places, and habits at the old house which were all designed to be conducive to writing. None of those routines are here.
I guess I'll have to develop new routines.
There are walking spots close to Redmond, but they are in "yahoo" territory. (The first few miles of "wild" outside any urban area are all beat up to shit. Shotgun shells, trash, tire tracks, and so on. You can walk, but it's like walking in a trash dump.)
So to get to anywhere nice, I have to drive another five to ten minutes, somewhere between 20 to 40 minutes out, which is a third further out than from Bend. But I'm willing to pay that price. Some of the spots I've identified are very nice, and will probably be very conducive to writing.
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