I’m so excited – I finished the first rounds of edits on one of the book chapters last night! This particular chapter has taken almost 20 hours of work to get through, which was crazy (the next biggest time commitment chapter took just over 10). Part of that was my fault – I did some research to fill out the chapter and make it more readable (it dealt with things that I knew the answers to, or at least where to find the answers). But now that it’s done, I’m feeling pretty on top of things; it’s now up to the authors to review my suggested edits. 🙂
How’s your week been? Up to anything exciting? 🙂
Once again, not a whole lot to report today. I’ve been hard at work editing the book, especially over the last few days.
Oh, but in sad news, I almost accidentally killed my lucky bamboo plant! 😦
I went to change the water on Sunday and found the stem yellowing on one side! It was totally my fault too. Someone awhile ago mentioned that the zero water system, which is the filter that I bought for my plants, isn’t good for humans because it takes everything out of the water. I have no idea if this is actually true or not, but I started worrying about my plants after hearing that. I also noticed that my bamboo was starting to yellow a bit more recently; blaming the zero water, I put a bunch of fertilizer directly into the vase. After I discovered the stem yellowing, a quick search online told me that you need to fertilize bamboo very sparingly or else this happens. 😦
I don’t know if the plant will survive or not, but I’m going to try to save it. Supposedly you can cut the yellowed stem off and lucky bamboo will reroot itself in water. So that’s what I’m trying to do. Hopefully I caught it early enough that the top part of the stem is actually okay. So this is what my bamboo looks like now (on right).
I cut a lot of the stem off, and put the plant in a much smaller mason jar with some filtered water (no fertilizer!) I guess we’ll see what happens. 😦
So how’s your week been? 🙂
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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? 🙂
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!!! 🙂
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? 🙂
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. 🙂
It took quite a bit longer than I expected, but I have now edited and posted the Day 2 pictures I took at ThunderCon last weekend! The Day 1 pictures were all posted to both Facebook and my Flickr page straight out of the camera (I wanted to get them up on Facebook that night so there were pictures showing people what they missed and might look forward to on Day 2). But the Day 2 photos included some pictures for ThunderCon sponsors (which have not been posted anywhere), so I wanted to make sure they looked good. My dad sat down with me to help with the photo editing on Friday night, then I finished up on Saturday (it took all day, on and off, to get through them all!) I also created a watermark for my Day 2 pictures (the SK Photography logo pictured). The pictures are all on both ThunderCon’s Facebook and my Flickr page, so check them out if you have a minute!
So now that ThunderCon is over, I’m turning my attention to the big project I mentioned in June: I’ve been contracted to edit a nonfiction book! 🙂 I’m super excited about it (and kind of terrified because it’s so much bigger than anything I’ve edited before). I’m also writing a chapter that’ll appear in the book, so all around it’s a very exciting project for me. 🙂
My first order of business though is to figure out how to write the chapter in an engaging way. I finished a first draft a little while ago, and right now it’s very boring to read (it’s literally just the timeline of events typed up into prose). I started researching how to improve my prose in earnest yesterday; I even asked Twitter for some advice on the subject (but haven’t received any replies). I think a lot of my problem is that I’m writing about a place rather than people; writing about people usually lends itself a bit more to story (in my mind anyway). So yesterday I started reading the other chapters in an attempt to see how everything will fit together as a whole (and to see what exactly the story is that we’re all telling).
Have you ever written any nonfiction? How did you make your prose engaging? And as always, what are you working on? 🙂