I been away. oops.

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Whoops. Been quiet. Sorry.

December 3, 2017

Goodness. I disappeared for some time. YEP. I’ve stuck my nose into editing/rewriting/editing/rewriting Forget Me Not: Non Compos Mentis. In this heinous process, I MEAN, wonderful process … yeesh, I realize the title is no longer relevant to my story. The protagonist’s obstacle has changed. That’s ’cause the ‘original’ antagonist is different …

PHTTP.

So, I am fiddling with some new ideas. If you have any suggestions do let me know. Thus far my favorite is The Nobody Girl. Or, simply Nobody Girl.

Thoughts?

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It’s done. Forget Me Not in paper form has been edited, reworked. Champagne? Maybe. Maybe not. Gives me a headache. So Sparkling Apple Cider works. Or anything chocolate-y.

 

If you’ve read my previous posts on this subject, you’ll know that I am dumbfounded with the ease of filling plot holes, rewording, and slashing unimportant scenes.

 

So.. uh, what I said. It isn’t a bad idea. I will do this for future works. But I’ll need an industrial-sized paper hole puncher, and bigger three ring binders…

 

Now it’s in a binder (a bit tight), but will be easier to fiddle with while I lovingly place my changes onto the computer version. I only wonder, how long will that process take?

 

While I kick back, eat a slice of cake, it’s time to head to the books I have put aside.

 

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Pushing Back the Darkness… my next buy …

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Claire O’Sullivan via Author Laura Aranda  

 

I hope you visit Laura Aranda’s website. Pushing Back the Darkness is a fiction about a horrible truth across the globe, human trafficking. It’s not new, it doesn’t always end in a cage or basement, and many are never free. You may see human sex slaves or slaves of labor in the grocery store, the neighborhood. They look just like your kids.

 

I have this book on my list of faith based fictions to read, based on our fallen world.

 

Of course, I almost had a spit fit when I read the main character’s name…

 

Pushing Back the Darkness

 

Author Laura Aranda

 

Um. So I changed my mind. Sort of.

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Wait, what?

 

Sure, go ahead. Make fun. I screamed after printing the manuscript. What a horrible idea! I said…

 

Okay, so, maybe… just a bit… I may have changed my mind.

 

Not entirely. But. The good  news is, I can flip back and forth between page, plop sticky notes on what I perceive to be plot holes, or in need of plot thickeners…

 

Pull out red pen … reword some Phuzzy Phrases. Scenes that fizzle. Sentences that suck. Aren’t needed. Don’t push the plot along. Hasta Lumbago, paragraph of doom, palabras de muerte (Yes, lumbago intended…).

 

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Then when my inner Arnold is done, I’ll go back and plug the puppy into the eReader. Then plop it into a Beta group. Then, off to an editor, or grammar Nazi … I know a few…

 

Writing is rewriting. Then, some more rewriting. And … repeat.

 

Something outstanding in the mix happened. That whole ‘are you actually working…?’ question mark that occasionally crosses my husband’s face contorted into a Holy * moment. Nonchalantly, I said … this is what continues on and on until each. word. fits.

 

So for kicks and giggles, I pulled out different colored pens, markers and marked all over it, and now he really is impressed with the amount of work. I have just now become the Jason Bourne of dedication.

 

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Yay, me.  Off to the salt mines…

 

 

 

Wow… what a great idea … not so much

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FMN MSAlright. I began my experiment on printing up the manuscript to edit.

 

Who did this to me?

 

<banshee scream commences>

 

Okay, so it isn’t a bad idea. It’s a HORRIBLE idea. Try not to succumb to the off-beat suggestions that sound good … until you do it.

 

Granted, I am a paperback reader, not Kindle etc reader. But. Editing. In. This. Form. Sucks.

 

No. Just…no.

 

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Be the slasher. First.

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As I report the humor: I copy and pasted this from my website…and didn’t edit the formatting…
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       Okay then. Here are words of wisdom. I don’t recall who said this, but printing your novel is a good way to find plot holes. And other stuff.
       I am in the slash and dash portion of Forget Me Not (again). So today, I am printing the monster to read as a book, slashing (and making notes for my computer copy), making changes in red, blue, or whatever destructive item that fits my mitt.
       I’ve not done this before. I’ll let you know how it goes. Pretty sure this will suck.
      If you say, ‘Oh, argh, I have no printer…,’ put the MS on a thumb drive and take it to Kinko’s or your closest/favorite copy spot. Take the printed behemoth, put it in a MS box, and pretend you are an editor. Consider taking it to a coffee shop, tea room, library.
      The more you rewrite and edit, the happier you’ll be, and find a BETA group (not family or friends) to read as well. Why? They will find what you have not.
      If your hire a copyeditor, make certain your manuscript is ‘clean,’  as possible. Less turnaround time, because often, the copyeditor turns out to be a ghostwriter or has to rewrite your work.  An editor will not point out your wording, style. Only spelling and grammar. Once that editor takes your $1000 or more, and an agent accepts it, guess…what? They will want portions rewritten. Then a publishing house will want more edits. How rich are you to have it edited two more times?
      Avail yourselves of resources. Conferences. Read well-written books. I always recommend a great writer, Stephen King. He knows the craft. When to use short, long sentences, and when ‘unnecessary’ words are needed.
      Whatever you do, do not… do not… publish your first draft. Don’t hire a vanity press.
       Print that puppy, read a Stephen King, and even though the genre is not one I enjoy, I recommend pay close attention to his use of the English language. Then, slash and dash.
      Wish me luck on a new trial of wisdom passed down. Slasher status. Before the editor’s conference…
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Uh oh.

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Have you heard this news yet?

Have you heard word one from North Korea? I didn’t, a relative gave me the information.

HOLY CRAP. This could be the disaster of disasters, bigger than Fukushima and Chernobyl combined.

As North Korea’s esteemed dictator began using Mt. Mantap (mantrap?), it’s weakened to the point of collapse, killing 200. UM, was said dictator in the mountain or near enough to get radiation sickness to the point of death? Why no word from him for over a week?

Now, not only China fears the affects, but this could easily affect HALF THE WORLD.

Not to mention our oceans. Fish (including the salmon that travel into the fresh waters), dolphins, bottom dwellers, sharks, name something. Including our birds that feed on them. And those of us, especially the West Coast … who are blithely unaware of the danger and continue to eat already affected by Fukushima waters.

Japan, appropriately, freaking out.

Where are the news outlets? Talking politics, as usual.

I’m an author, not a scientist or politician. I am not in favor of running after politics on my blog. But. This. Is. Important.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punggye-ri_Nuclear_Test_Site_tunnel_collapse – where you can find the news starting to report it.

We need heroes. I start with Animal Mother (okay so he’s older and this isn’t FMJ), not diplomacy.

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