Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Finish Line

Roughly two weeks ago (or maybe exactly two weeks ago; I honestly don't know), I wrote a post about how my WIP is like a cursed, uncooperative mummy hand.



I was stuck in a time loop that saw me unable to best the mummy hand. (Translation: I was unable to get to the point where I was happy satisfied enough with my manuscript to send it out to my betas.) I spent a lot of time looking like this:


But as the risk of totally jinxing myself here, today just may be the day that I finally break free of the time loop.

It might be tomorrow. Or maybe the next time. But definitely this week. Or, you know, next week at the latest.

How did this miraculous event take place, you ask? Well, I'll tell you...

I don't know.



But it did happen, so yay for that.

I mean, I still have ten chapters left to read through, but at this point, I'm just looking for any and all typo I can find in an attempt to avoid making any other accidental references to cannibalism...

Oops.

So there's every chance that the mummy hand will rear its ugly head again, and once I reach the end of Chapter 49, I'll find myself returning to Page One, but it does feel different this time.

Of course, I'm pretty sure said that last time, too.

So anyway, that's what's happening here. This was supposed to have been done last week (and the week before that, and the week before that even), but I'm a little (translation: perpetually) behind, this time due to animal illnesses and house guests (unrelated).

Boy, I'd really like to wrap this thing up this week.


What's happening in your neck of the woods?

30 comments:

  1. Hooray for progress! Nervous energy here, so while a lot of baking appears to be happening,not much sitting and getting all of those blog posts in my brain typed.

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    1. My blog posts are always last minute affairs. And I never bake either. When I have nervous energy, I pace. It makes my FitBit happy at least. :)

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  2. Personally, I like cannibalism references. But yeah, that one probably doesn't work.
    Hopefully you can wrap things up soon! That's what I keep saying to myself about my first chapter, actually...

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    1. I have absolutely nothing against intentional cannibalism references. But that one was unintentional. And, incidentally, hilarious. I can't even imagine how long that's been like that.

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  3. Any more mummies appear, remember to double tap. Yes, that's a zombie tip, but I'm sure it applies to mummies as well.

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  4. LOL at that cannibalistic typo. Priceless!

    Also, keeping my fingers crossed that you do, indeed, escape this time loop finally. (The Writing Gods have to give you a break eventually, right?!) Good luck!

    And sorry to hear about the animal illnesses. Anyone would fall behind with something like that to worry about!

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    1. I really do hope the Writing Gods are done torturing me with this time loop thing. Aren't they bored of it yet??

      And yeah, that typo made me laugh a lot. I couldn't even tell my significant other about it without cracking up.

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  5. I love finding my typos. I save them and share them on my blog. That cannibalism typo is the best!

    Finish hunting for typos in these chapters then send your story off to your betas. That's the only way you'll get anywhere. Good luck! :)

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    1. Most of my many, many typos are not share-worthy, but I couldn't resist with that one.

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  6. Good luck, MJ! I'm sure you'll git 'er dun and we'll be celebrating with you.

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  7. I hope you manage to get it all wrapped up this week. Here's to no more mummy hands!

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  8. Here's to no more mummy hands unless they are applauding you for finishing. :) Hey, it might not be cannibalism in your manuscript. You could have made that dirty too!

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    1. What does it say about me that that never occurred to me? I went straight to cannibalism. Maybe just because I know the context of the scene?

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  9. Hey, progress is progress! I'll take it. Way to move your thang! I'm right there with you on the shifting deadlines. This book isn't getting finished on its own (dang it, where did my fairy godmother go?) but at least I now have an ergonomic chair so I can sit for a couple hours without being in mass amounts of pain for days afterwards.

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    1. Glad you now have that chair! My issues aren't anything like physical pain, just outside forces and my own stupidity. Take care of yourself!

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  10. Books are better with a side of cannibalism, right? ;) I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that there are no more mummy hands.

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  11. Well, at least progress is being made. Good for that. And catching cannibalism typos.

    I've been neglecting my book since I submitted two chapters to my writers group. I'm having issues figuring out if they liked the chapters or if I can even fix what they commented on. It's frozen me in place. You're better off than I am at the moment.

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    1. I have a critique group to which I submitted about 10 pages of this WIP I've had kicking around for years. And I came away from their feedback feeling a lot like you're feeling now. So I did the mature thing and shoved the WIP in a box and shoved that box under the bed and went to work on something else until I work out what to do about it. Not that I recommend doing that; it's just what I did.

      Hang in there!

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  12. I don't know. Someone to eat sounds good to me. :) But seriously, that's good news. You're killing the mummy hand! Breaking the time loop! Yay!!!

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  13. I'm in get my house on the market and move mode. Glad you've made progress!

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  14. Stomp on that mummy hand and get 'er done.

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  15. your incredible saga takes an incredible saga to write!
    my wip was supposed to be finished and in cp hands by now, but then i had to take a job... it'll get done.

    all in good time, my pretty. all in good time!

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  16. Ooh! Fingers crossed that you can break the cycle! :-)

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  17. So glad to hear you're finally having a breakthrough! Crossing all my fingers for you :). Also, LOVE the cannibal references - are you sure you can't keep one in ;)? Best of luck with the writing!

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  18. Don't worry, you will best the dreaded mummy hand, no doubt. Good-luck. Hope your kiddies are feeling better.

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  19. Hooray!! I feel sure the mummy hand will be gone for good now. Good luck!
    The cannibal typo is classic. :D

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