When I was a kid and my family lived on the western tundra of Alaska, my dad took me hunting and fishing with him. We were bringing in food for the table in a place where agriculture was impossible. I loved tagging along and helping out. I was nine, so for hunting I was just… Continue reading Civilization Versus The Full-Body For-Keepsies Panty Raid… and The Survival Value of ADD
To 169 on the write-in of Ohio 2
A lot of stuff is going from this part, to be replaced by some significantly better stuff following a line of thought my editor pointed out to me. I’m excited by how things started coming together here.
And more of the same… OHIO 2 (NO… THREE) Revision
I’m going through all five novels. At the moment, I’m tearing apart Book One, which I got right, to find out where I need to take Book Two THREE in the revision. It’s a complicated process, and I’m managing to give myself regular headaches going through it. And all of this is my own damn… Continue reading And more of the same… OHIO 2 (NO… THREE) Revision
Still replotting, still restructuring on Ohio 3
There’s damn little I’m going to be able to save. Ohio 3 is lost in the weeds. So at this point, I’m barely even looking for things to save. I’m just looking for the story I wanted to tell but didn’t, and if I can use any of what I already wrote, great. If not…… Continue reading Still replotting, still restructuring on Ohio 3
Here’s that Wrong Left Turn In Albuquerque… and it’s as bad as I dreaded.
The first sixty pages of Ohio 3 held up fine. Starting on manuscript page 61, I went in exactly the wrong direction, dropped the really good local character I had in place for one who broke my otherwise tight worldbuilding through two novels and the start of this one all to shit, threw in a… Continue reading Here’s that Wrong Left Turn In Albuquerque… and it’s as bad as I dreaded.
Starting the Ohio 3 Read-through/Revision
Okay. I have the manuscript printed out. I did some brainstorming in the shower on how I can save as much of what I remember of the story as possible WITHOUT breaking what I did in the first two books, or the last two. Worst case, I’ll end up writing a completely new novel. That’s… Continue reading Starting the Ohio 3 Read-through/Revision
Good news, BAD news on the Ohio Novels.
Finished up the type-in revision of Ohio 2 yesterday, and I love the book. Printed out the revised manuscript this morning, and have it set up for Matt to edit when he has time. And then I opened up Ohio 3. <cue theme from Jaws: beat head repeatedly on desk with vigor and frustration… but in… Continue reading Good news, BAD news on the Ohio Novels.
Ohio 2 Revision: To page 398 of 431
Pretty decent day. This part of the book took significant reworking, and I’m betting this is going to be one of the places where my editor finds out I struggled a bit. But I love what I finally ended up with. And I stand a pretty good chance of finishing the revision on Monday. I… Continue reading Ohio 2 Revision: To page 398 of 431
Revised Ohio 2 through page 369 — and very happy with my progress.
Today was one of the weirder parts of Book 2, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen it. I was afraid it might not hold up. But it did. I found myself laughing in the right places, and getting choked up in the right places, and while there were some story issues I had… Continue reading Revised Ohio 2 through page 369 — and very happy with my progress.
Catching up on the updates: Starting at page 291 on the Ohio 2 revision
The last couple days have been hectic, and I’ve managed to miss blogging twice. But I’ve gotten my revision pages every day. This morning, I’m starting the write-in revision on page 291. The last page in the novel is 431. I won’t get there today, but I’ll make good headway toward getting there, and might… Continue reading Catching up on the updates: Starting at page 291 on the Ohio 2 revision