Saturday, July 9, 2011

Editing Galore!

Yikes... it's been too long since my last post. And I was doing so good for a while there. I will blame it on my new job. I started on June 6th... it's a full time medical editing gig. Going well so far and will be even better when I'm not in training. Sometimes I'm very impatient when it comes to learning new things. I feel like I get a handle on tasks quickly and then grow bored when I do the same thing 20,000 times. Anyway, because of the job, it's been really difficult to find a writing/editing rhythm. I manage to hand-edit about 4 pages during my 30 minute lunch break and then I edit on my Nook in the evenings. So, I'm getting a lot of editing done, but very little is going into the computer which is the most important part. I've got about 100 pages to edit by hand and this is very exciting! I feel like I'm in the homestretch. The only scary thing is passing it on to another reader who might say "nope, not good yet" and then I might just die. I've never worked so hard on a novel before.

In the past, let's say with my Killing Memories series. I wrote the first draft quickly (in about three months) and then moved right on to the next story. Readers who followed me on FP when I was actively posting those novels know that the turn around was pretty fast, and would probably be surprised when I say that I really don't remember what happens in each story. I know the general idea, but I have no memories of all the little steps and scenes that I wrote. It's kinda sad. I can't believe I don't remember my own writing, but then I never gave those stories the attention that they really deserved. Another reason why I'm not re-posting them to FP. Yes, I've made the decision that Estela and Moo will not show their faces on that website again. I have bigger, better plans for them. I'm thinking self-publishing or cheap ebooks on Amazon. But before any of that can happen I have to get in there and make them REALLY good. The first novel needs the most work--the ones that came after that were better written (they too need work though).

So, I've got so much going on in my head right now regarding my writing career and life. I feel like "Surrender" [I've already re-edited these sample chapters, by the way, but you'll get the general idea of what the story is about] has a good chance. At least I hope it does. It's a massive project for me. I realized while editing this first one that I need to know where I wanted things to end by book 3; how the characters grow and change; and the biggest question: What the hell the whole story is about anyway!?!?!? Realizing that I had so many plot holes and unanswered questions was overwhelming and a bit disheartening. I just want to be done with this book so I can move on to the next one. Writing/editing is a never ending process it seems.

So, that's where I'm at in regard to my writing. In other news, I finished a book called "The Magnolia League" by Katie Crouch. It was a good read! Lately, I've been really into books that are set in the south (this one's Georgia), places like New Orleans, for example. There's something sticky about them... I can't explain it. I'm currently reading "The Graveminder" by Melissa Marr. I'm only on page 7 so I can't really comment too much, but the opening grabbed me. I'm excited about it at this point.

I also saw "Transformers: The Dark of the Moon" last weekend. I give it a B. I thought the story was interesting this time, but with these movies it really comes down to the action scenes and I thought they were pretty awesome. I did read that they're thinking about replacing Shia's character with the guy from "The Transporter." Don't get me wrong, that guy is hot, but Shia brings a quirky humor to the movie. I don't think I'd be down the the switch. I didn't really care that Megan Fox wasn't in the movie and didn't like the girl they replaced her with. I think the "hot girl" character is pointless. I mean honestly--yes she's beautiful and has a great body according to society's standards, but I really could care less about that. She added nothing to the movie (Megan Fox didn't add anything either) and I felt really irritated with every ass and boob shot in this movie. Come on Michael Bay... sex sells sometimes, but you've got amazing Transformers that blow shit up!! Let them sell the movie. Okay, rant over.


  1. Congrats on the job! I salute you for going from editing at work to editing at home even if it's different genres entirely, lol.

    I want to read both of those books (especially graveminder) since they seem like they bring something new to the UF genre and I've been feeling a bit burnt out.

    In regards to self publishing, I know you're probably only looking into that for the Killing series but here are some things to consider:

  2. Hey Jammi! Hope you're well.

    I guess I really like editing (another friend told me that it's strange that I can edit all day too). :). I think it does help that they're completely different things too.

    I just finished "Graveminder." I thought it was pretty decent. I recommend it. I wish she'd spent a little more time talking about the dead and less time about the character's relationship, but she's a good writer. I might have to check out her "Wicked Lovely" series.

    I haven't looked at those links in detail yet, but thanks for them. If I have no luck with the traditional publishing route (I'm trying to stay optimistic though) I'll consider self publishing/ebook publishing for all of my fiction. We'll see. I'm on the last 100 pages and then I have one more (minor, hopefully) edit to do.

    Then I need to research agents. Still so much to do!

  3. Hey! How does editing on the Nook work? My friend is getting my an e-reader for my birthday and I'm trying to decide which one I want.

    Anyway, keep working hard! I believe it will all pay off. Like you said... you never really put your all into your previous stories (which were all good, and fun, but of course needed work) and this one you are. So you know you are getting closer and closer to realizing that dream. You've definitely grown as a writer and it'll all work out for you in some way or the other! OOo... maybe for your birthday, you could self-publish the book (a lot of those often get picked up later... or you can enter it in the B&N self-published awards or something). You know you have everyone on FP as fans who will mostly buy and promote your book for you!

    Anyway, keep at it girl! You're getting closer each day!

  4. Hey B. I'll email you about my knowledge of editing on the nook/kindle. It seems to take up a lot of battery life, but it's EXCELLENT for catching little things.

    I like the idea of self-publishing something on my birthday, but it probably won't be this one. I'm not even sure if I have the time to edit something else. I think it'll take me a few more weeks with "Surrender" and then I'll want to do some research into agents. Then I hope to finish up my novella before I start working on book two for "Surrender." Ugh, so much planned. :)

    I'm keeping on! :)