Once more, with feeling!

by Doc Coleman on June 25, 2014 · 1 comment

in Novels, WIP

I’ve tried to keep these #WriterWednesday posts going fairly regularly, but I have to admit that it has been a while since I last sat down and wrote. I’m not talking about writing a blog post, but actually crafting fiction. It is past time to get back on the writing trail. I’ve had notes from my editor for Perils, but I have not been able to take the time to talk to her about them and make sure that I understand everything she’s saying. Every time I try, something in life jumps up and gets in the way. I need to find a way forward that doesn’t depend on consulting my editor first. I think I’ve found one…

So, at long last, it is time to get started on the fourth draft of Perils. This pass is going to be a bit different. Part of that is because it isn’t going to be a single pass from beginning to end as the other drafts have been. In order to get started with the new draft, I’m going to do a first pass through the manuscript and address the simple things. Punctuation, capitalization, word choice, sentence flow. Things like that. That will let me get some writing time in while waiting for things to stabilize enough that I can chat with my editor. Hopefully by then I’ll have some ideas to work into the later pass.

I do find it interesting that my most frequent editing note for the manuscript is a request for more description. Knowing that excessive description is a pitfall that most beginning writers fall prey to, I opted to try to leave as much as I can to the reader’s imagination. In some places, this has served me well, but overall it seems that it has left my readers wanting more. Now I just need to figure out how much to give them, and how much to save for the next book.

IMG_1303While writing has been hung up, other things have proceeded. We’ve finally managed to get some of the furniture from my Grandparent’s into the house. We’ve got most of the china back into the china closets, and we’ve been working on bringing boxes back downstairs and unpacking them. The first floor is looking a lot more like a livable space and a lot less like an abandoned warehouse.

I look forward to the point when the upstairs stops looking like an overstocked warehouse.

No pictures of that, sorry.

The heirloom furniture needs a lot of cleaning to get all the dirt and neglect off of it, but after an initial going over with Amish Wood Milk, aka, “that Amish stuff”, the pieces are looking pretty good. We still have a few more items to bring out of storage, but getting there is going to take some time and money. We need places to put them, and the chairs need to be either cleaned or straight up reupholstered.

IMG_1305Not all is well, however. My wife’s mother is back in the hospital, and this time it doesn’t seem likely that she will survive. She had some serious infections, which are especially bad for a diabetic. The doctors had to amputate one of her feet and they had to stop the surgery before they could remove all the decaying flesh they found because her blood pressure plummeted. They don’t think she will survive another surgery, so now they have switched her to palliative care. Don’t be surprised if I drop off the net for a while. I’ll have good reason.

This has certainly turned into a year of great aspirations and great stresses. My voice work lost half the year to the water damage and remodeling, and then just when things got put back together enough that I can think of recording, I get sick and my voice goes. I still have a bit of gravelly throat, but I’m almost ready to start recording again. Unless another monkey ends up in the machinery, I should be recording again in July.

There are still a lot of cool things happening, like The Way of the Gun getting released in May. I’m still planning on getting Perils out before the end of the year. I just need to get back to it. And so I shall.

What do you need to get back to? Are you ready to give it one more try? With feeling!

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