Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Post In (Mostly) Pictures

Today should be—provided I don't jinx myself by saying so—my final day of editing.

Because I QUIT.

Just kidding.

It should be my final day of editing (as well as my last day blogging about editing) because as of the writing of this post, I only have three chapters left to go.

(For those of you keeping score at home, I'm onto Red Pen #3, but Highlighter #2 refuses to quit.)

And, as always happens when I'm editing or revising or writing or breathing, there have been several periods of highs and lows (mostly lows, but you had to have seen that coming...)

You've probably seen this picture before, but it's a little bit like this:


Except that I haven't actually gotten to the "This story is so awesome!" or the "Woo Hoo! Best! Story! Ever!" stages. This particular edit has seen me firmly on the right side of that chart.

You know that scene in Elf where Buddy's in the shiny mail room checking out the pneumatic tubes? You know, this scene:




It's like that, only I'm pretty sure that instead of the tubes he's actually talking about my manuscript. Yes, Buddy, it is very sucky, isn't it?

Sorry.

It's been a rough edit.


I really love this book—I don't want to screw it up, and I don't think I did it many favors in this first draft. I know the second draft exists to correct those first draft oversights—and I'm determined to do just that—but I'm feeling a little down about it right now.

I just have to do better.

But before I go off to do just that, I'm going to end this post with the pictures I promised in the title. I call this photo collection "In Which The Gator Girl Contends With Mom's Edits."

Enjoy.

I can help you with those edits, Mom!

Are you finished yet, Mom?

Screw your edits! Throw my ball!

Happy Wednesday, all!

34 comments:

  1. Have faith that the love you feel for this story WILL come through in the end.

    Love the pics!

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    1. Have faith...interesting strategy. I'll have to give it a try. :)

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  2. Are you done yet? Are you done yet?
    She seemed to say...
    No suckage! Just not great yet and you are working to make it so.

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    1. Yes, Gator Girl is constantly asking "Are you done yet?" She's never quite mastered the art of not being the center of attention.

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  3. Just keep your focus on how awesome it will be when you're done and how happy your dog will be :)

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    1. Oh yes, she will exceptionally happy. :)

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  4. Love the pics of Gator Girl!
    Editing sure can be grueling. I find there aren't too many moments where I think my story is great. Good luck with those last chapters!

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  5. Edits definitely take up a special corner of you-know-where at times. I've been battling with book 3 for over a year now and finally, FINALLY have a solid footing. Only 3 more scenes to write, 10 chapters to rearrange and fatten up, and I just may have a book to send off to critiquers. Maybe.

    Feeling your pain and sending cheese.

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    1. It's always good to have a plan in place, a clear-ish-cut path to follow. I'll be putting mine together once I'm finished this round of edits. Best of luck to you, Crystal!

      (Also, thanks for the cheese!)

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  6. I shudder at the thought of edits. I groan all the way through them. And I'd be guilty of giving into that sweet dog face every time!

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    1. She certainly has her moments...suckers you in and makes you forget about all of the bad things she did earlier, and will do later. :)

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  7. Great pictures! Glad to hear you're on the last bit of the edits. That must be quite the relief for you and the girl. :)

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    1. Yes, Gator Girl does like enjoy having to share Mom's attention. Not that my dogs are spoiled...

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  8. My take is that the rougher the edit is, the better the book will become. :)

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  9. Tangled is one of my favorite movies and I bet it isn't near as sucky as you say. Throw the ball for the kid and destroy that 3rd pen.

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    1. Tangled is one of my favorite movies, too, and I adore that scene in it. But I don't know...I think the manuscript is probably more sucky than I say. At least parts of it. :)

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  10. Gator Girl looks so hopeful that you'll be done soon so you can get to the important part of the day: throwing the ball.

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    1. She does, doesn't she? What that picture doesn't show is the hours I spent throwing the ball while editing. But the Gator Girl gets what the Gator Girl wants. Not that my dogs are spoiled...

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  11. Congratulations on finishing your edits (hopefully). Make sure you take a break before you go back to it again. It's amazing what fresher eyes can see and you may find the next pass that much easier if you leave the manuscript alone for a couple of weeks.

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    1. I already have a Firefly marathon planned for the day after I finish the edits. A little treat from me to me.

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    1. Gator Girl would like me to inform you that you are her favorite new person.

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  13. So, in other words you're right on track. Because I'm sure your book is awesome.

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    1. Yes, I think this does mean that I'm right on track. Always good to be consistent. :)

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  14. Wow, you've been editing at an impressive clip. Or possibly with an impressive clip. Do you use one to hold your manuscript together?

    But hey, the end's in sight! (As is the snout of a dog.) For that, I offer you some non-jinx-inducing congratulations. Well done.

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    1. I actually use a three-ring binder to hold it together. There are no clips big enough for this manuscript. :)

      And, thank you!

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  15. I believe in you! The first one turned out good, so I know you can do it with this one, too. You may have to ignore the dog (a bit).

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    1. Yeah...Gator Girl will not be ignored. Waiting patiently for her turn for attention has never been her strong suit. But we love her anyway. :)

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  16. Gator Girl is so precious!

    Sorry to hear your edits are such a pain for you right now, though. I know far too well how overwhelming the lows of that can be. Good luck powering through so you can finally experience the left side of that Tangled pic!

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  17. Actually it doesn't matter what you think about your editing. After you wrote something it belongs to environment, not to you. Write just for your pleasure, don't think how good or bed it is.

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  18. Gator Girl to the rescue!

    It doesn't suck. You're making it better with every pass. A little distance puts it all back into perspective. Rock on, lady!

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  19. Usually I don't struggle with edits, but it's that second-guessing part where I wonder if I really suck/am so good at writing as I think at any given moment.

    You can get through this! And remember to send that book my way for a read. I totally owe you one. :-)

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