Monday, March 22, 2010

Back to it

The weekend is over and I have a clearer head. The sun is shinning and the warmth is returning once again. It is weird to think that yesterday morning there was several inches of snow on the ground with the white stuff still coming down. I can feel the first searing rays of the sun that signals the start of Texas spring - which last less than a month. Within a few weeks we'll be seeing the boiling temps once more.

I've got a few hours to kill before going to rehearsal so I've parked my butt at a local Barnes & Noble in preparation to embark on the agonzing journey of editing Chapter 20. I know that I have only eight chapter more to edit before completing this revision of the book, but these next few chapters represent a daunting challenge of several POV switches. It is the part which I have been dreading for weeks now and I think it shows in my procrastination.

I know that the only way that I'll be able to get through these rough parts is to push forward, but at least my psyche is in the proper place to perform the polishing of the prose. - Yes the use of "p-words" is purposeful.

The chapter is open now and calling my name. The first paragraph needs attention. I am uncertain if I have been able to accomplish the desired affect. Which just drew myself to another literary quandry - the use of the word 'but'. I have found that I have been relying much on the use of the word to tie two sentences together. For example in the above sentence "I am uncertain if I have been...". I had orginally wrote that line to say "I know the effect I wanted to achieve, but I am uncertain if my goal has been accomplished." The newer sentence is about four words shorter and I have eliminated the 'but' word. With less words I have managed to convey the same message. I only wonder if the voice is carried across. I'll have to look into that more as I write and edit.

Yes I am trying to delay getting to my editing. Does it show that much? Okay - I'm going.

Really this time I mean it...


  1. I also worry about losing my voice for the sake of removing the fluff during my revision/editing process. Keep up the good work, and I LOVE the fish widget BTW, totally mesmerizing!

  2. LOL - my sister has claimed to sit on the my blog and feed the fish for hours. It doesn't take much to amuse her. Glad to know I'm not the only one worried about loosing voice.

  3. OMG, I came very, very close to putting the hamster on my blog. But then I realized I would get nothing done and just feed that thing all day long.