Hey it’s technically still Tuesday. Bite me, I’ve had an unusually hectic Tuesday.
This month is my Editing month and I am moving right along with edits for #projectMarrowCharm, but it should be noted with any prolonged project you take on, particularly an intensive one such as Editing or Sprinting you remember a few simple rules:
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And endless stream of coffee seems like a solid idea when you’re knee deep in redrafting, that is until you stand up to use the bathroom and topple over from the head rush. Remember to drink some water in there. For god’s sake, maybe eat a vegetable.
Take regular breaks. I don’t mean the occasional peek at social media (for which I am guilty) I mean get up, walk around, get that blood circulating in your legs again.
Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet a daily goal.There is always tomorrow. –When you are riding a deadline this is especially hard to keep in mind. You might, scratch that, you probably will have a bad day here or there. Heck, if you are like me with the unpredictable fam, you might have a string of them. You will get this project done. You might need to ask for more time, you might have a few late nights at the end, but you will finish.
On Editing: This is the process that can fill you with self doubts and down right dread over your current WIP but remember this: You are editing this book not only because you want to make it better, but you are driven to edit it because people love your story. Be they your publisher, your beta readers, your regular readers, someone loves that story and wants to see it bloom.
Current Song Obsession:
I’ve been listening to ‘Panic Room’ by Au/Ra on repeat. The song is catchy is hell, and her voice is downright ethereal. Worst part by far is the total lack of Au/Ra songs out there. I will be keeping an eye out for this one.
I had this on my kindle and as I have a habit of collecting shiny things when they catch my eye I am not quite sure when I added it but I’m reading it now. It’s an interesting mix of modern fairy tale, school drama, mystery, heist, magic, and over bearing fairy god mothers. I am actually not sure what this book is trying to be but I AM TOTALLY HERE FOR IT. Plus the ‘Prince’ character is named Philpot and he is like a younger Lord Farquad in my head. I’m on board.
4 days ago
I’ve noticed that in television and movies, they highlight a ‘genius’ level character by having a whacky Rube Goldberg machine in their house, like Doc Brown in Back to the Future or Wallace from Wallace and Gromit. In this essay I will–