Helping Nephew with Resume

I used to charge $ for this service that my nephew’s getting for free. Hope he appreciates it lol. I just spent two hours going over his resume. While it had a good foundation, I did have a lot of suggestions for him. It was a tad repetitive and had gaps in the information given. So I helped remove the repetition and gave it some oomph after filling in the gaps. Let’s hope he gets a job soon and that my edits helped.

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The Finish Line is in Sight!

Got Chapter 27 finished last night so only 28 and the epilogue is left. Also got some work done on promotional copy. Tonight, I should be able to finish 28 and possibly the epilogue as well. Then, it’s off to Valarie Jones for final edits and prepping the formatting for publishing. Wheeeee! I’ll be able to post the cover soon too.

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So Close Now!

Chapter 25 is finalized! To be honest, this was an easy chapter to finalized. It took many rewrites but I finally got it to the point where any improvements I make are marginal. I’m so glad I made the decision to cut my original story in half. This works much better thematically and I’m happy that realization struck me after the 3rd draft. I have to really thank Scapple from Literature and Latte because that program really helped me to figure out the themes of my chapters. That’s how I figured out I really had two major themes. Started Chapter…

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Halfway Point!

Yippee!!!! Reached the halfway point with my final final finality version. I had to redo Cela’s dialogue because too many folks got confused/thought it was misspellings. I also kept in mind this time about making sure the final product was exactly what you wanted to put out there. So I went through and took out a shit ton of extraneous words. The novel is now 1000 words lighter. Revisions can take forever. You can ALWAYS make your work better. It’s knowing when to let go that’s the trick. To that end, today comes news that Annie Proulx wishes she never…

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PayOffs

For someone who has written over 300,000 words in the past four years, I’ve slowed down. A lot. Part of it is to get some distance from the novel. I noticed that for the final edit, I rushed through a ton of words reading but not seeing. Now that I’ve slowed down, the editing is much tighter and the story reads better. But that’s mostly an excuse for the behavior. Honestly, the real reason I’ve been slacking is because Westina feels better. Back in 2011, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Even before that fall, she’s been struggling with pain for…

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Chapter 8

I have a tendency to overwrite. So in this last pass through, one of my focus is to remove all unnecessary words. Things like: She seemed to want to take off her bandages is changed to She wanted to take off her bandages. Also fixing Cela’s dialogue again! But, Chapter 8 is done. Finality. That’s what I’m calling my last edited version.

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First 6 Chapters in Final State

Okay. Last night I went over the first six chapters AGAIN! Got them into their final, final finality. This means NO MORE CHANGES at all! I have to be okay with this. I read out Chapter 22 to W, and did some changes there. Also finalized the decision to revise Cela’s dialogue. I was right. It reads MUCH better. Hoping now to be done by Thanksgiving. Mike also let me know sketches were coming soon for the cover art.

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Accents

Some readers love them, some hate them. Cela talks with an accent but I’m wondering how much of her dialogue should reflect the accent. Right now, I’m dropping the “g” off “ing”, the “t” and “d” off the last sound like “night” is “nigh’” but I think that might be too much for a reader to plow through. I’m thinking of switching back to just dropping the “g” and changing “to” to “ta” Here’s an example of Cela’s dialogue the way it was originally written: “Is th’ stew ready yet?” The rumble from Cela’s stomach could be heard at the…

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Procrastination, My Middle Name

Probably one of my worst habits is procrastination. Westina can tell you. If I can put off today, today would occur in a couple of days. Basically, we read ONE chapter over three days. Yeah, I know everything hinges on me, but the website isn’t done, nor is the cover. Why should I hurry when I’ll just be sitting around waiting for others? But I should face it: Without a sword of damocles over my head, things aren’t urgent then. That’s the biggest reason why I’m a procrastinator: I’m used to threats dangling over my head. It’s not an easy…

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