#WriteTuesday – Editing Sections 30,38, 39, 40, 41, 44, 45 + More!

Knowing that I had weekend plans, I made sure I started editing a bit sooner during the week (rather than wait until the weekend as I normally do). I got sections 30, 38 and 39 edited last Wednesday; I was pretty proud of myself – that was after a full day of work! I sat down to edit the remaining four sections (40, 41, 44 and 45) on Saturday in the evening; I got through them pretty quickly and decided to keep going! In the end I edited five more sections (37, 42, 43, 47 and 48).

I also waffled back and forth as to whether I needed to add some new sections to the story. Both sections 30 and 38 lead into the same options, but earlier in one of those story lines, you had already met some characters who show up again, while in the other story line you hadn’t. When I wrote the sections that follow 30 and 38, I guess I wrote them from the perspective of you not having met those characters. But while editing, I realized that if you had met the characters already, it was rather awkward to reread their descriptions  again. But the descriptions were needed if you hadn’t already encountered them! My first thought was to just add new sections so that the story line where you hadn’t met the characters got the description and the one where you had met them didn’t. But if I did that, I was pretty much duplicating about 8 sections to change maybe two lines of dialogue; that did not seem ideal! So in the end, I just simplified the text as much as I could rather than duplicating that many sections.

So here I am, over 3/4 of the way through! As I mentioned last week, this week I’m on vacation from work; I’m going to push to finish editing these remaining sections this week. Wish me luck!

Flowchart of the Make Your Way story showing the sections I'm rewriting next

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Interview #69!

The sixty-ninth author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today.  This time I interviewed Michael Haynes about why he started writing trail guides, the research involved, and why The Great Trail was published in two volumes.  You can find the interview here.

 

 

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#WriteTuesday – Editing Sections 9, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29

Ah, a long weekend.  Those are times that I don’t want to do any work at all, so it was a struggle to sit down and edit this weekend. Thankfully yesterday I got my butt in my chair and successfully worked through those six sections I planned to!

I’m starting to get really excited – this story is almost two-thirds edited now! It’s realistic to think that I can have the whole thing edited by the end of the month now. This week I’m going to editing only 7 sections (I have plans next weekend so I don’t know if I’ll have time to do more than this, but sections 30 and 38 will probably be similar); the following week I’m on vacation from work so I’m going to make a bigger push to get through more then.

Here’s where I’m now at, along with the plan for this coming week (editing sections 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 44, and 45):

Flowchart of the Make Your Way story showing the sections I'm rewriting next

Once these 7 sections are done there will only be 22 left!

So how’s your week been going? What are you working on? 🙂

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August 2019 What Are You Reading?

This month I beat my Goodreads Reading Challenge! For 2019 I once again decided to read 25 books. In other years I’ve pledged to read more, but I found that got stressful, and I often found myself reading random shorter books to beat the challenge. Pledging to read only 25 books has really taken the pressure off!

So here’s what I read this month:

Nonfiction books:

  • Happy Go Money: Spend Smart, Save Right and Enjoy Life by Melissa Leong
  • “Writing” chapter in The Radio Drama Handbook by Richard J. Hand and Mary Traynor
  • How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart by Summer Rayne Oakes
  • The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich by David Bach (Canadian Edition) – I actually snuck this one onto the list, finishing it at 1:30am last night!

Fiction books:

  • Unquiet Land by Sharon Shinn

I also read 5 copies of The Walleye that I had sitting around. It was good to finally go through them. 🙂

My favourite book was Sharon Shinn‘s Unquiet Land. I really enjoyed her Elemental Blessings series and am rather sad that this was the last one. 😦 I’ll have to give one of her other series a try!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, book 25 was Unquiet Land. 😉

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

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#WriteTuesday – Editing Sections 49-57

I didn’t think I’d get through my planned sections this week. Life has thrown a few unexpected things my way that I’ve been thinking dealing with this week and editing sort of slipped my mind as a result. Thankfully I had some time yesterday and powered through editing those nine sections.

So here’s what’s been edited so far, along with the plan for the coming week (sections 9, 22, 23, 24, 28, and 29):

Flowchart of the Make Your Way story showing the sections I'm rewriting next

I’m now officially over half way through the edits!

I decided to go back to editing just six sections at a time this week since this weekend is the labour day weekend (and the way previous long weekends have gone, I generally don’t have a ton of time to work on writing).

So how’s your week been going? What are you working on? 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Editing Sections 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 32 + More!

I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t get any edits done on the Make Your Way story this week. On Friday night I found myself hooked on Stardew Valley again. I played the game a year or two ago and had to stop because I logged 26 hours in 48 (the remaining 22 hours involved sleep and work). A few weeks ago, a friend of mine wanted to play co-op; I agreed with the caveat that she host the server so I wouldn’t be tempted to keep playing. That was all well and good until I started my own game and then got hooked on Shane’s storyline on Friday.

But thankfully I managed to tear myself away from Stardew on Saturday with the help of real-life fishing. That evening I kept myself off of the computer (which was surprisingly difficult – I really wanted to keep playing Stardew Valley!) On Sunday I spent a lot of the afternoon and early evening cooking and baking (I made banana bread and potato salad). Then later in the evening when I *almost* booted up Stardew, I pulled up the Make Your Way story instead and started editing. Despite a few Merlin breaks (he wanted me to pay attention to him, not the computer), I got my planned 7 sections edited….and just kept going! By the time I was ready to stop, I had edited 7 more sections, plus added in a new one. Originally sections 32 and 33 both led into 34, but that didn’t really work; I wrote a slight variation for 33 (73), which bridges the way to 35. Thanks to editing these extra sections, I’m now about 40% done this draft!

So here’s what has been edited so far, along with the plan for this week (sections 49-57):

Flowchart of the Make Your Way story showing the sections I'm rewriting next

If I can get these nine sections edited, then one whole branch of the story will be done!

So how’s your week been going? What have you been working on? 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Editing Sections 10, 11, 12, 14, 17 and 18

One week later and I’m still plugging along on the edits to the Make Your Way story. 🙂

Last Wednesday I got sections 10, 11, 12, and 14 all edited.  Then I finished off sections 17 and 18 yesterday.  No new sections have been added to this chunk of the story with the edits; the story remained the same, it just needed to be fixed up a bit.  I found sections 10, 11, 12 and 14 all relatively easy to edit because they were all pretty straightforward.  17 gave me a bit of trouble just because a lot of my descriptions were really awkward (which is why I didn’t continue with it on Wednesday).  But when I worked on it yesterday it didn’t seem too bad, and I got section 18 edited pretty quickly.

So here’s the plan for the next week: editing sections 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21 and 32. I considered moving to the right side and starting those edits, but it made more sense to me to fix up the one side of the story first before moving onto the other.

Flowchart of the Make Your Way story showing the sections I'm rewriting next

I’m also working on a project at work that I’m really excited for.  Me and a coworker are writing a radio drama-style podcast for the library. He has been writing the first drafts then I’ve been going back and editing them. We’ve got the first four scripts done, and 5 and 6 are written as first drafts (I’m now working on editing them this week). The one problem I’m having is that it’s getting harder and harder to leave the podcast at work (even though we’ve both agreed that we’re only going to write it on work time). The current plan is to have all 10 episodes written for the fall; we want to do a read through with all of the cast in October, with the hopes of starting to record not long after that. I was going to be voicing one character, but after writing it, I now really, really want to voice a different character. I’ll give you another update on the podcast once all of the scripts are written. 🙂

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