Jan. 25th, 2013 04:00 pm
bogwitch64: (Krohe)
Beyond the Gate is 78/222 pages done. Damn, this week was hard. I worked from 10:30 - 4:00 every day except for Thursday (took an hour and a half to have lunch with a friend.) It took me most of the week to get a particular scene right. The wordcount teeters at 148K. It dips below, then goes over. Cut and add, add and cut, rearrange, rethink, redo. Whew! But I did it, and it's PERFECT! Once again, I end the work-week pleased with my progress.

It has been SO COLD here. Is it strange that I love it? I suppose I wouldn't if I had to drive in snow, or work outside, or--egads--LIVE outside. But in my cozy house on the river, writing away in my loft, I am quite the happy little bogwitch.
bogwitch64: (Krohe)
Busy day! I just got home from seeing a co-worker of the hubs sing with his band in a bar. Writing this morning, went to see Life Of Pi (STELLAR!!) with my daughter this afternoon, took her for glasses, came home and made dinner, then dashed out the door again. It is now an hour until today becomes tomorrow, and I'm EFUing LJ. Whew!

69/222 pages revised. Killing it. Loving it. So proud of it. Can't wait for Monday to dive back in.

I put this up today on FB:
It is an unavoidable, soul-crushing, core-shifting moment when you discover you are surrounded by people you love in your day-to-day world, who love you, but have absolutely no interest in the things that interest you, or what you think about them.

This was the result of trying to have a conversation with my daughter, and realizing she was absolutely not interested in anything I was saying. It all just hit me--just about everyone in my day-to-day life, friends, family both immediate and extended, are completely uninterested in what I do. They love me! They are proud of me! They are excited for me! But they have no real interest after that.

I'm not angry, or even upset--it's just one of those epiphanies that takes you by surprise and leaves you gasping just a little. I was quickly assuaged by the fact that though my family and hometown friends really aren't interested in writing or fantasy or even reading, I do have a community that fills that space. Several, in fact. I have my Viable Paradise friends, my Virginia Beach Dollbabies, my Hadley Rille Book family, my writing group, and I have my LJ community. I have people to talk about such things with who not only share my interests, but are enthusiastic about sharing thoughts on them. And they are interested in what I do and what I think. I am blessed.

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Jan. 11th, 2013 04:00 pm
bogwitch64: (Krohe)
Beyond the Gate is now 45/222 pages revised. Of those 45 pages, I would estimate that a full third of them are brand-spanking new. It isn't easy. The instinct to fix old words is strong. Instead, armed with what should be there and what shouldn't, giving the story new words is way better. There's a whole lot of trebuchet-ing going on!

As many times as I've been over this story, I just love it more and more. That's how I knew it wasn't a "trunk" novel. Some of my old work is just not worth salvaging, no matter what bits and pieces of it I still get the shivers for. This? I love this in its entirety. I've been confident with each revision--confident that it got better each time; but there was always something lingering, something that made me know it wasn't quite ready. That instinct is not kicking in this time. I'm confident. Period. Feels good.

My mutant powers of healing are apparently on the fritz. Or this bug is really putting up a good fight. One day I feel ok, the next I'm not; or I'll feel fine in the morning only to feel like death warmed over by evening. I've done next to nothing but write, attempt the minimum amount of chores, cook dinner, watch tv, rest--still feel kinda crappy. I'm hoping a weekend full of nothing but laying around finishes this bugger off. Yeesh!

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Jan. 4th, 2013 02:29 pm
bogwitch64: (Krohe)
I couldn't resist--once Erin put it into my head, it wouldn't go away. I tweaked it a little. EFU = Edit Friday Update. Doesn't exactly fit right, but what the hell. I like it. :)

I am 36 pages into the edit for Beyond The Gate, added two pages of new stuff to boot. Not bad for two and a half days work! It's nice to be working on my own stuff again--REALLY working on it and not fitting it in between this or that. And even better--creating! Not from scratch, of course; but the creation process lasts until those covers are on, the ISBN is on the back, and Amazon says you can buy it! :) 

Right now, I am so tired my eyes are burning. A sick husband means I got very little sleep last night, and what little I got was interupted. Phooey! I might have to go take a nap. Hmmmm...nap. Sounds like a plan.

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