Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

I may finish the current editing pass on Journal of the Dead today.

Yes. Today. It depends on whether I'm called into the other office (which would mean as many as six hours of bench work) or not, but if I have uninterrupted time, I may just get there.

It's a little mindboggling, even though the accomplishment isn't quite as major as the first edit - most of the changes this time were line tweaks and clarity on a micro level. (That is, I know what that sentence means, but it's not clear to anyone outside of my head ... or it's just overly formal and clumsy.)

But these last pages (seven in the manuscript, but I write in infinitesimal font) have a lot of sticky things I have to pay a lot of attention to. Make sure the climactic scene is crystal-clear; then there are three or four separate denouements that fall out from that as various aspects of the plot resolve. I have to make sure it plays out smoothly rather than feeling like I'm tacking scenes onto what would otherwise be a natural stopping point.

Either way, I'll probably finish before the weekend is over. Wish me luck.


Aubrie said...

Congrats on finishing the first round of edits! Let me know if you need a beta reader. aubriedionne @

And I have an award for you at my blog!

Lindsey Duncan said...

Eeek! I just read the first part of your post and didn't even notice that bit. :-) Cool!