Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello, Friends #1

I suspect I'll be doing more of these in the future, so here's to trying to establish a precedent!

I scribbled on the last page of my manuscript yesterday, after several months of laboring and many new pages drafted, splicing and asking research questions I have yet to answer. That's 150 pages gone through. And while I knew that Part II of this novel was sketchy, not as settled as Part I (which I finished the rough for a little more than 2 years ago) I didn't realize how much is missing.

So I'm going to do an intense edit of Part II which will include a lot of new scenes, a lot revision of what exists, and will start with creating an outline to plot down the beats and arc I want there to be.

I got a little money for Christmas and bought myself that tablet I mentioned on my patreon, so as I sketch out places and people I'll be sure to share them with you.

My shoulder has been hurting on and off for several months, and is mostly due to the bad desk set up at my job, but I am also partly to blame: curling up on my desk with my pen clutched tightly, my nose inches away from the paper. Perhaps it isn't surprising, but my typing posture is way better than my longhand posture. I'll go back to the chiropractor and see what else I can do for it.

I read a great article (and now can't find it, gosh darn) about only using the social media I like, so I've been ambivalent about using tumblr. I like twitter, instagram and blogspot best. But I still think about it. Because the type of posts I am most tempted to share on patreon would probably be best on tumblr.

I have a fairly personal blog post in the pipes which I look forward to sharing with you soon.  It's going to allow me to post about other topics related to the novel. Also look forward to an update on my patreon, despite the slow build of it, I have learned from the months after my novella went out, and I hope the changes will be for the better.


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