#WriteTuesday – Not Much to Report

Happy Tuesday everyone! Sorry I missed posting last week – not that there was much to report. I did more work on the book editing contract, and watched a few of the Disney remakes with friends and family. Then I got sick over this weekend and spent a lot of time resting; I also watched a few movies on my own (which I very rarely do) because I was having a hard time concentrating. But I’m feeling better now, and should be getting back to editing this weekend!

I also went to a Giller bash last night with my mom and brother. I was super fun (thank goodness I was feeling up to attending!) and we’re planning to attend againg next year. 🙂

Oh, and I almost forgot – I submitted the Make Your Way story! I’ll let you know when I hear back from them (they said it may take a fair bit of time).

So how’s everything going for you? Have you had a good couple of weeks? Working on anything exciting? 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Book + Make Your Way Story Editing

Hey everyone, how’s the week been? Did you have a good Halloween? 🙂

Last week was mainly spent on editing the book.  I finished editing a third chapter and sent it to its author.  Then the first chapter came back to me, so I spent the weekend working on that (just finished those edits yesterday).

Once that was finished, I found myself with some unexpected extra time.  After reading some of The Wealthy Renter (which I picked up over the weekend – very excited to read it!), I turned my attention back to the Make Your Way story.  I’ve been wanting to go over the character’s dialogue for over a month now, but haven’t had the time (or energy to be editing more in the middle of book edits).  Going over the dialogue actually led me to a bit more worldbuilding for City of the Dead – I got stuck wondering what someone would say rather than “thank goodness.” “Thank goodness” didn’t sound right to me, coming from someone living in that particular world.  What immediately came to mind was “thank the gods,” but I hadn’t actually thought about whether or not people living in the City worship gods.  But they do keep altars for the dead, so I settled on “thank the ancestors” as what would probably be said in that case.

I did the initial edits to the story using the Game Book Authoring Tool (GBAT) file, but in the end decided to randomize all the sections and just start working off of a rich text format document instead (which is easier to search through).  I went through all 73 sections looking at dialogue; I’m not sure how well I succeeded in differentiating the characters….but there are some definite subtle differences in how they speak.  One character uses really long words and no contractions (assuming I got rid of them all properly) because she’s a lady who is extremely bookish/studious.  Another character uses more formal words, but they’re tempered with contractions because she is exhausted (and has more real world experience than her studious twin).  The minor soldier characters don’t use big words (again, assuming I successfully caught all of their dialogue).  The only character’s speech that hasn’t been changed is the avatar/player character.  I made that character purposely vague because they are the “you” in typical choose your own adventure-style books.  For that reason, I wasn’t really planning on giving them a specific style of speech, especially since the player has the choice between playing a smarter character or a stronger character (and I was not going to give different versions of dialogue depending on that choice! The story would have ballooned to double the length it is now!!)

Depending on how the rest of the week goes with the book edits, I’m hoping to go over the Make Your Way story a few more times (or at least once more really in depth); after that, I’d really like to submit it!  Wish me luck!!! 🙂

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October 2019 What Are You Reading?

Oh my gosh, it’s the end of October already! I’ve been really busy with book editing all month, so I haven’t had much time to read.

Nonfiction books:

  • None

Fiction books:

  • The Electric State by Simon Stalenhag

I also read five Maclean’s Magazines (Sept 2018, Oct 2018, November 2018,  Jan 2019, Feb 2019, and March 2019 – I’m not sure what happened to the Dec 2018 issue). I was over a year behind and was hoping to get caught up by the federal election that happened this month. While that didn’t happen, I’m now only six months behind! So that’s definitely progress. 🙂

I didn’t have a favourite per se, but I quite enjoyed the articles in their February 2019 Maclean’s issue (that was the “What’s Wrong with the Right/Left?” issue). And while I didn’t finish reading it, I also quite liked the articles on the election in their November 2019 issue, which I was able to flip through at work.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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Interview #72!

The seventy-second author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today. This time I interviewed Linden MacIntyre about going from newspaper reporting to hosting radio and television shows, the difference between writing fiction and nonfiction, and the most interesting fact he found while researching The Wake: the Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami.  You can find the interview here.

This is also the final interview with the authors who are coming to Thunder Bay for the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) Lit On Tour event; this year the event will be on November 5th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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#WriteTuesday – Podcast Update and Edits Continue

Whoops, I missed last week’s #WriteTuesday, when I was supposed to let you know how the podcast read through went!  I was honestly pretty worried about it – my co-worker Derek and I have been working on the scripts for months without much of a break, and so were both too close to them to be objective; I was half-convinced we were going to be told that the scripts aren’t as good (or as funny) as I thought they were. Thankfully that wasn’t the case – everyone seemed to like them, and the first eight scripts only need minor dialogue changes! Episode 9 needs to be edited, so that’s going to be my plan for work over the next few weeks.

I have to say, the read through itself was a super fun experience – I’ve never had characters I’ve written come to life like this before! 🙂  Plus the fact that there were only minor dialogue changes made me feel like Derek and I really nailed the characters for the actors.

The editing has also been going well.  I’ve gotten two book chapters edited and sent back to their authors over the last two weeks (I just finished the second one last night).  Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have the first one I finished back so I can take another look at it (I know there are comments waiting for me, but I didn’t want to jump back into it and confuse everything; I’ve been using track changes on Google Docs and when I’m done the chapters look like confusing messes thanks to all the green!)

So how have the last few weeks been for you? What are you working on? 🙂

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Interview #71!

The seventy-first author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today. This time I interviewed Rune Christiansen about what first drew him to poetry, the most rewarding and challenging aspects of teaching, and how involved he was with the translation process of his newest book.  You can find the interview here.

This is also the second interview this year with the three authors who are coming to Thunder Bay for the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) Lit On Tour event; this year the event will be on November 5th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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Happy Thanksiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🙂

This week I received word that the book chapter I was waiting on was written! So I spent a lot of time this weekend working on the edits for it (around checking on my cat who wanted to be outside and going to a family Thanksgiving dinner).  I also managed to finish reading the March 2019 issue of Maclean’s – onto April 2019!

This week I’m excited (and somewhat nervous) – at work we’re doing a read through of the podcast scripts I’ve been working on! I don’t know if I’ve said much about the podcast on here, but me and a coworker have been writing a radio-drama for the 50th anniversary next year. Right now all nine scripts are written (the last few just need some tightening up); we’re hoping to start recording later this year with the first episode released around Feb 2020! I’ll let you know how the read through goes next week. 🙂

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