THE TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY-SIXTH POST: THE ONE WHERE I AM TRYING TO GET BACK ON TRACK…

Hello, everyone.  I am back from a mini-vacation (because who hasn’t come back to work after a long vacation and thought ‘man, I need a vacation’?).  This will be it for me for the remainder of the year.  This vacation wasn’t without incident – there was a lot of snow here in the wilds of Horseville and it threw my plans into a tizzy.  I didn’t get much done in the way of editing the novel – 14% and I sweated blood to get that far, but I am on track to hopefully get this done before the end of the year.  Right now, editing is my only priority.  All the books are officially on hold and any ideas I get are going to be shoved in a folder somewhere among my PC and two laptops.  However, on the New Year, I am jumping back into the Tyro novel with both feet and a knife clenched between my teeth (which will assure that I will not be disturbed at all).

My mind keeps going back to the Dracula idea – the one I talked about here.  I’m tweaking it in my head…more than likely because I would rather do anything else rather than edit.  I know that I need editing, but I get a lot more enjoyment out of the crafting.  So, I should change my mindset about it.  I’m still crafting when I edit.  I read a wonderful quotation:

“I think the hardest part of writing is revising. And by that I mean the following: A novelist has to create the piece of marble and then chip away to find the figure in it.”

Chaim Potok

So, rather than shuffling and dreading the edit – I should embrace this as another part of the creative process.  Now is the time to buff here, expand a little there and trim where needed.  If the initial process of brainstorming and outlining is having the marble brought into the studio, then the first draft is happy sledgehammer time.  Now we start to refine it, using smaller chisels and finer grit sanding paper.  Yes, I can be a bit impatient about this because I have in my head a long line of anxious stories waiting to be released into the wilds and that line shows no signs of shrinking anytime soon.  I really wish I could flash-clone myself and have each one work on a book.  I’d run out of room in the house before I ran out of either flash-clones or ideas, but it would be nice to get some other stuff done, too.  Like laundry.

Oh – I don’t know if I mentioned this or not, but I have found a couple of online channels that play old Art Bell shows.  I don’t have the exactly address here since I am using the Xiia Live player, but I found it under the tag ‘Art Bell Always’.  If you’re an Art Bell fan like I am, this is a great place to get your fix.

Well, off to use the finer chisels.  As always, feel free to subscribe and I have my first book to the right as an Amazon link and I am also adding a link to a couple of books by good friend and fellow author Amy Valenti.  I think the bottom one (Hot, Rich and Dominant) is free for the time being – grab it!  Thanks for reading and I hope you have a good day.

 

Sincerely,

Seething Apathy

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