Rewriting My Fourth Novel, Secret Matilda Pt. 3

I think I can see the finish line… of the first lap…

Remember when I said progress is progress?  Well, even slow progress is still a step forward.  My progress for this one slowed down quite a lot, it even came to a halt a few times.  What with the holidays, the insurrection, and that good ole virus lurking around every corner, the Covid, I’ve got valid excuses, right?

But that doesn’t mean I should have let it get behind and I did let that happen.  I expected I’d be further along than I am (I also need to remind myself of holidays and adjust my expectation on progress around them, but that’s another story).  So there I was and oh, that crazy work, life, work balance had to take a swing the other direction.

But it’s all good!  I had to buckle down for the past month (but is there really all that much going on besides all the madness?) and that lovely first draft is close to becoming a solid second draft.

I can almost taste it… like ozone and metal forks.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Rediscovery! But is it Treasure?

The instructions were haphazardly written along the edge.  Below the earth to find the way, the map said.  Enter through the trap door hidden in the dark recesses and the light will eerily glow.  There shall you find what you thought lost and your journey complete, but what is the way out?  Had the adventurer had lost her way and struggled to remember the steps back?

Would I lose my way?

No.  Not on a trip to the crawlspace anyway.  Though, it does feel like an adventure in there, sometimes.  I recently dragged a couple of old pc towers out of that dark cave.  They had fought hard, but both had died an inglorious death about a decade ago.  Why did their bodies remain, you ask? 

Well, there were a lot of memories stored on them thar thangs!  Old video editing projects, forgotten written works in progress, and photos lost to time.  One day I would victoriously retrieve them and save my collective… um… past.  Yeah sure, sounds good, mhmm.

And I was victorious!  In truth, Désha was the one to get it done.  But I lugged those heavy bastards up into the light!  And a treasure trove she found among the chaff.  All those things we had hoped for minus the video projects for they were quite dead.

Considering how January 2021 has been playing out, it was nice to wander through those memories.  Oh, not to live in interesting times…

What’s that old saying?  Out like a lion and back in like a tornado?  Something like that, right?  It sure felt like that as it all unfolded on the news.  I was planning on writing a post about this month, but I decided I’d rather stay positive.  Getting to look back at dimly remembered days, old, salvaged thoughts and the like made for happier thoughts.

Kind of a random entry, I know.  Sometimes looking back can help you see the brightness that the future still holds.

Now, where did I leave those shades?

Image by ImaArtist from Pixabay

Happy New Year!

I can hardly believe it. Can you believe it?

The year of 2020 is spiraling into a close… finally. For some lucky time zones, it’s already happened. We still have about ten hours left here but then BOOM! it’s done! Hmm, boom might be the wrong word to use for the last of these ridiculous 365 days, but it’s done!

I hope 2021 is kinder to all of us and we are kinder to each other because of it. I’ll raise a toast to everyone this evening and hope for a brighter, shinier future!

Salud!

Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay

Rewriting My Fourth Novel, Secret Matilda Pt. 2

Besides the shoveling of snow, I’m moving right along!

I was flying through my edit when BAM! I ran headfirst into the middle of the draft.  I found some repeated bits (some are way better than others) and other parts that are just in the wrong place.  It’s definitely slowed down my daily count, but progress is progress.

To be honest, I’m not that surprised as that is when the process I used to write the first draft changed drastically.  It just became easier to follow one character at a time and complete their part of the story.  Doing it that way has left me a ton of work to look forward to.

It’s a different editing experience that’s for sure.  I end up searching for the pieces I know I wrote. Then I can stick the bits in their proper places, nip, and tuck them for a precise fit.  It almost feels more like video editing!

Did I mention that I had to do a lot of searching?  Because I have a lot left to do, oh boy.  But I am enjoying the experience!  And I’m enjoying the story too!

And that’s the important stuff.

Image by kalhh from Pixabay

An Author’s Insight discussion!

Lyndsie Clark wrote a post about her journeys as an author. She invited a few authors (including me) to give their thoughts on a couple of questions that have plagued just about every writer out there. You can check it out here!

She has written in great detail about her thoughts on the various publishing routes available, which I found very informative. She has links to these in her post as well!

Rewriting My Fourth Novel, Secret Matilda Pt. 1

This’ll be a short one but, whew!

I bit the bullet. The current first draft of the last book will be split into two.  It’s just too long. I mean this monster is huge (and now two-headed. Maybe too many Ray Harryhausen movies lately? Or maybe just enough!) 

Despite the cause, both Secret Matilda and Waltzing Matilda have a semblance of linear order! And that’s great!  It took a while (so long, I swear), but the pieces are cobbled together in the (mostly) right order.  Now I can grind-edit these things into books worth reading!

And that, my fiendish friends, is the big task that I’ll be pounding away during NaNoWriMo (and beyond).  Editing fills my future for the foreseeable days and I am alright with that.

Crazy thought… I might rewrite the end of this whole thing!  Kind of blows my mind because that was always the part I knew from the very beginning!  But now it doesn’t quite fit in… and it’ll be fun to change it!

The end is so much closer than it was at the beginning of this year! Can you smell it? Or is that turkey?