Friday, March 6, 2015

Moving On

Well, it's now Friday, and our buyer didn't back out. So now we dance!


Until we realize that the sellers of our new house decided to take a sudden detour to the land of Complete and Total Jackassery, which means that The Man, Big, Gator Girl, Fat Cat, Zombie Cat, and I will be homeless in less than a month.


Our Florida realtor is working very hard to find us a replacement home so the amount of time that we'll have to impose on family or live in our car will be minimized. 

At any rate, we have to move out of our current house in less than a month, which means that I really have to get serious about packing. I have a long and storied history of postponing the packing part of our moves. I say 'storied' because I'm usually lounging on a sofa reading a book when I'm supposed to be putting that book and all the rest in a box for ease of transportation.

I'm attempting not to do that this time. I have been packing a little bit here and there, starting with my books because there are so very many of them. I'm estimating there will be about 50 boxes when I'm finished. This is what my office looked like the other day:



But as serious about packing as I am, I have still managed to find time to take very important photos such as this one of my Super-Poseable Aragorn action figure:



And I even found some cool things, such as this letter written to me from a student I had back in my teaching days.




But now that I've droned on about these super vital things, let me ask you writers out there a serious question. I have in my possession several paper copies of old drafts of WIPs, primarily Effigy. They're all in binders, and they take up a not-insignificant amount of space. 

So my question is...Do I keep all of those binders containing all of those drafts? Should I shred the drafts instead? Should I do something else with them? 

Any suggestions?

Have a great weekend, everyone. Thanks for stopping by.


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  1. Oh geez, I don't think I could part with my old drafts. But as of right now there are only two and they're probably a lot shorter than yours, so I don't know. But I'd say at least keep one :)

    Hope everything works out with finding a house!!

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    1. I was thinking about keeping the very first draft, and maybe a middle draft. A lot of them are also on back up discs, so maybe I'm just clinging to paper for no good reason.

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  2. Hope you find another home soon.
    That is a lot of books.
    I still have the binders with my earlier drafts. Some day I'll shred them. I supposed if I had to move, I'd be shredding them sooner.

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    1. That is a lot of books. That's what everyone else says too. What's really sad is the amount of books I've actually given away—because that was a lot, too.

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  3. Since I'm trying to simplify and declutter before we move, I might not be the best person to answer. :) One day, I'm ready to toss almost everything, the next I'm hanging on to, well, pretty much everything. Sigh.

    Good luck with the new house situation!

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    1. Given that you're moving too, you're probably the exact right to answer. :)

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  4. I have old drafts of Being Human and I find I can't get rid of them. It's interesting to be reminded of the progression the story made and how far I've come as a writer.

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    1. Right? I keep thinking I want to keep them in the event that I ever found myself teaching again and wanted to do a lesson on the importance of revision.

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  5. Ouch. Dang those sellers. My fingers are crossed that you'll find a new place very soon. Keep the old drafts. I do. One day you may be able to sell them for thousands of dollars!

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  6. Book lovers have no friends when it's time to move. Something about all those heavy boxes.

    And, yeah, I still have my paper drafts. I'm old enough not to trust 100% in technology keeping my stories safe.

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    1. You should have seen the moving guy's face when he heard how many book boxes there were. And I only have 39 packed then.

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  7. I tend to keep the very first draft and bin the rest. Usually my very first draft is handwritten, or at least has huge amounts of handwritten notes, and I like to imagine it in a museum one day - like Jane Austen, or JK Rowling :-)

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    1. I'm keeping all of my spiral notebooks. Getting rid of any of those was NEVER on the table.

      I'd love to visit the Annalisa Crawford Museum someday!

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  8. I safe digital copies of my books and when they're available in print, make sure I have some of those, but those binders take up too much space. Hope you find a place to stay but glad the sale went through.

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    1. I do have an entire box of discs on which I have digital versions of WIPs saved. And you're right, those binders do take up too much space.

      We've spent all day today looking at new houses. Our realtor is amazing, but she must be so tired of us by now.

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  9. If you have all the drafts on disc, you can do a Track Changes compare to show all the rewrites. You can also back them up online, or on a DVD at a friend's place.

    And very impressed with your research books!

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    1. There is no end to the number of books in my collection devoted to sharp, point weapons.

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  10. Good luck! I can't believe the Florida people did that to you!

    As for the drafts of Effigy, yeah, I'd probably save the very first one and maybe a middle draft. Anything more than that is just taking up space.

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    1. We were pretty floored, too. Also rather super angry.

      That's a good compromise—keep a couple of paper drafts, shredding the rest. One makes room for more drafts of new WIPs that way.

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  11. I still have my early drafts too. Who knows, maybe one day when you are a famous fantasy writer you can auction off those first drafts to a collector or even better, put them on display in a museum. Just saying. All the best with the packing and moving. Hope you find a new home soon. Sending you virtual hugs.

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    1. The M.J. Fifield museum...it'll be very tiny. People will love it!

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  12. Oh no. I hope you find a house so you can escape the snow. I'm not sure what to do about the drafts...can you scan them?

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    1. We'll escape the snow. In April when we really only have one or two storms left. Glad we got to stick around for all the rest. =)

      I do believe we have a scanner, but time could be an issue.

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  13. I think I'd keep the very first draft if it's vastly different as a keepsake. But all of the other ones could be shredded. Why hold onto them when the real thing is polished, finished, and published?

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    1. Oh yes. The first draft is vastly different. Embarrassingly so.

      But I must hold on to them! Because I am a crazy hoarder person.

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  14. I'm with Chys - I would keep the first draft as a keepsake. My daughter drew a picture for it (complete with a little kid mispelled word) and it is dear to me. Other than that, don't hold onto them unless you think you really need them for a reason.
    BTW - I love those pics. I procrastinate like that when I have a huge chore to do, too. And I love that note from your student - "Hamlet is so chill!" - you must be a great teacher. :)

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    1. My favorite part of that note is "You totally taught me stuff!"

      Too funny.

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  15. I don't have printed out versions of earlier drafts, but I do have bins full of also full notebooks and scraps of paper with revision notes. Which is a weirder thing to keep, now that I think about it. And I'm in the middle of a whole house clean /purge, as we're going to be doing some painting and redecorating, and I don't want to move and then replace a whole bunch of nonsense I don't really need. So most of those old notebooks can probably be shredderino'ed. Somehow I don't think my many heirs (ha!) will have any use for them.

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    1. I have the notebook bins as well, and a file folder with lots of random notes. There's even a paper towel on which I scribbled some dialogue during a shift at work. I think I'd have a harder time parting with those than printed-out old drafts, but we'll see when the time comes to start shredding.

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  16. I'll agree with those that said maybe keep the first one (or one with sentimental value) and then scan or photo the rest. Of course, I don't know if you have time to scan or photo the rest for digital copies...

    (If it was me I'd trash them. No need to keep all that paper lying around when the book is finished. But this is not me, and you have to do what you feel most comfortable with.)

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    1. I do imagine time would be an issue, especially as we're spending most of our days now searching for a new house.

      But whittling down the draft collection sounds like a decent compromise. I'm sure I don't need every draft. Probably. Maybe.

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  17. Good luck with the move! When we moved from my old house to the one we live in now, we had about six weeks we had to live with my aunt because the house we were building wasn't ready yet. It's rough but doable. At least from what I remember. I was seven at the time. LOL!

    As for the binders with old drafts, I'd consider getting rid of them if you don't 100% need them. Sometimes it's refreshing to get rid of so much clutter.

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  18. Good luck with moving! I know how stressful it is. I hope you find the perfect home in your new location.

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  19. I hope you find a great place and oh boy, good luck with moving. What a chore - but - a good opportunity to get rid of stuff you don't really need.

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  20. Ack! Well, maybe you'll find an awesomer house, one that fits all of the made-up word descriptions. :)

    I only have one printed draft of Thanmir War, and it's printed on colored paper with a fancy design on the background. :) Do you have your drafts saved digitally? If so, you might keep your earliest printed copy and shred the rest.

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  21. Oh, yikes, sorry those sellers turned out to be such jerks. Hope your realtor is able to find a good alternative for you guys soon!

    As for all those drafts...I'm not really the best person to ask. I often go back and forth between HOARDING ALL THE DRAFTS and dumping 'em in the recycle bin, haha. If you're feeling any doubt, then I'd say hold onto them. You can always throw them out later, but if you throw them out now and regret it later...there's no going back.

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  22. Wow that sounds seriously scary. I hope you have the house situation sorted out by now!

    As for what to do with your old drafts: I'd say shred them, but that would be hypocriticaly. My hand-written drafts were among the first things to enter the new house last week.

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  23. I hope things are better.

    I didn't save any printed material. Just digital.

    But, a few of my 'editors' remarks that were funny, I took a picture of before I shredded. :)

    Heather

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