Adventures in editing, part 5

Another vlog! Yes, indeed!

vlog Anuna2 from Gricel on Vimeo.

It’s going, it’s going. Not much to say for now, but I’ll try to make these a bit more regular.

’til next time!

Anúna: 1st Draft

About the project

Anúna is an adult, urban fantasy novel about rival Faerie Queens, fierce warriors, magic, mayhem, and the occasional latté. It is still in the writing stage.

Adventures in editing, pt. 4

I just finished editing Chapter 5. I call it round 1.5 because I’ve found that I usually edit my edits, and make more edits, as I’m translating my changes from the manuscript to the digital copy. It’s a long process, but mostly fulfilling, especially when I come across lines I barely remember writing but which fill me with writerly hope.

It’s taken a lot longer than I anticipated when I started editing. I can’t even really say it’s because it’s been a slow editing process, it’s mostly just been a non-editing process. Things have happened. Other than the move, I mean. There have been several life events that have thrown me way off course, and brought on a lot more pain than I imagined. It’s been a rough year so far (and here I thought 2012 was bad). I’m trying not to let it stop me from working, but it’s hard when all I want to do is curl up with a book and forget that anything is happening in the real world.

I usually turn to Bridget Jones when I’m having a bad time, but both my novel and my movie are at my mom’s place, and I’ve been making due with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries instead. However, there is one piece of Bridget-inspired knowledge that I always remember…

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.
― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary

Right now, this is definitely true. I’ll just get back to editing.

Anúna: 1st Draft

About the project

Anúna is an adult, urban fantasy novel about rival Faerie Queens, fierce warriors, magic, mayhem, and the occasional latté. It is still in the writing stage.

two things

A tour of my brains hosted by the lovely and incredibly talented Serena @ solawless.com. It’s part of her awesome Future Shelves series featuring the poor and penniless writers among us ^-^.

And a tour of my scantily furnished apartment (especially for my loved ones who are near to my heart but far from my little hermitage…)

I give you…. my Writing Nook!!!! Yes, that’s what I’m calling it and I’m sticking to it until something better comes along.

 

Pink!Domo welcomes all with glee! GLEE!

 

Cat Castle Corner… He is so spoiled.

 

The Land of Nod… or, the Sleepatorium.

 

The pink room of resting and pinkness.

 

The Owls are not amused.

 

The nook o’ tea and crumpets! Yes, there are crumpets in my fridge. Pardon the mess.

 

The Imagination Station/Sun Salutation area

 

The guardian sprites.

 

Pink!Domo encounters the Didymus.

 

That’s all folks!

Adventures in editing, pt. 3

I’m averaging 5 pages worth of edits (print to digital) an hour, but only managing to get in about an hour or two of edits on weekdays. It feels like trudging along at a snail’s pace, but I know I’m making the story better with every change. Gotta keep myself going. I’m still trying to work out the whole living on my own/fending for myself and writing bit. It’s very time-consuming to manage on one’s own.

I’ve also noticed that I haven’t said much about the plot, I guess because I was still trying to work some of that out by re-writing, but I think I’ve got it pretty much squared away now. The blurb I’ve been using sums up the idea of the novel as a story about two rival Faerie Queens, but it’s about more than that… Anúna and Siobhan are twins, a rare thing in my version of the Other realm. Unwilling to choose one daughter over the other, the King names them both Queen of the family Clan… but when one sister doesn’t like to share troubles are sure to arise. There are secret plots and deadly assassins and sexytimes galore (okay, not galore, it’s not that kind of book), and even a touch of the ol’ self-actualization.

And right now, I’m dying to finish editing it so I can finally get some reader feedback! Ugh, editing is the worst. *says the girl who wanted to be a professional editor*

I’ll try to vlog again soon. I’m still relying on a borrowed connection while I wait for my internets to be activated.

 

Anúna: 1st Draft

 

About the project

Anúna is an adult, urban fantasy novel about rival Faerie Queens, fierce warriors, magic, mayhem, and the occasional latté. It is still in the writing stage.

Adventures in editing, pt. 2

I took the challenge and recorded my first vlog! Wherein I ponder the great editing task that is Anúna, my thought talking about writing, and more! Also, a shout out to the fab writers over at TheGreatNovelingAdventure.com because they are awesome.

After several attempts, I finally settled on Vimeo for my video sharing. This is the downside of cancelling my account with my old webserver–I used to blog less, so it seemed a waste of money to spend so much on a server, and I like the social aspects of WP.com, but the video sharing part leaves much to be desired. Oh well, it’s a solution for the moment.

About the project

Anúna is an adult, urban fantasy novel about rival Faerie Queens, fierce warriors, magic, mayhem, and the occasional latté. It is still in the writing stage.

Anúna: 1st Draft – in the editing/revision stage

Currently editing and reworking the first 5 chapters.

Adventures in editing, part 1

I’m a bit behind on my self-assigned editing schedule, but I just finished editing the first 5 chapters and will start making those changes on my digital draft tomorrow. I normally edit my “professional” writing straight on Word with track changes, but there’s something about editing fiction that is easier in print. I like being able to write in the margins and flip around as I take notes.

I’ve made some cuts and removed a few elements that didn’t add much to the story as a whole, but I know I will need a reader at some point to get some action/plot feedback. That’s kind of nerve-wracking. I have no idea where to begin with finding someone I trust as a reader. I respond well to critique, it’s something I learned to deal with in grad school, but who can I find who will be willing to spare the time to read Anúna? I don’t know where to start with that request.

Ugh! Too much to think about.

Anúna: 1st Draft post-NaNo update #5

A final toast t0 2012, and here’s looking to weeks of editing! Anúna draft 1 is complete! Yes! I didn’t meet my Christmas deadline, but I’ve been writing like mad for the last three days to meet my revised, year end deadline, and it paid off 🙂 . I clocked in at an estimated 85, 282 words. That’s 286 double-spaced pages. It’s a first draft and right now I am perfectly pleased with it. That will change, but it in this moment nothing can tear me down.

I also found a song that finally made me go, “Yes! That’s the one!” In lieu of a writing playlist, this is the song that drove me to finish this thing before midnight.

 

Anúna: 1st Draft – Status: Complete

About the project

Anúna is an adult, urban fantasy novel about rival Faerie Queens, fierce warriors, magic, mayhem, and the occasional latté. It is still in the writing stage.

You can read my updates by following the Anuna tag.

Anúna: 1st Draft post-NaNo update #4

I’m writing! I am! It was a dreadfully bad week for me as far as finding the energy to write. I won’t whine. Much of it was the result of stress and emotional writer’s block, but I did some thinking, and some plotting, and tried to get back on track to finish. I originally told myself I’d finish by December 25th, not because of some silly Christmas miracle wish, but because I hit the 50k mark on November 25th and I figured I could finish the manuscript if I gave myself another 25 days after NaNo. That may or may not happen, but I’m okay with it. It will happen soon enough. I have action scenes coming up and I have discovered that I absolutely love writing action scenes. That should help me get myself going.

I originally aimed for an 80k manuscript, and I’m on track for reaching my goal. I’m nearing my climax, so it can only take so many more scenes after that to resolve things. I’m kind of excited and kind of terrified at the same time. I feel good about this story. That’s not something I’m used to when it comes to writing. I won’t be cocky and say it’s great, but I like the characters I’ve created and think it’s much more carefully crafted than my last story. I think my ability to create a writing habit has a lot to do with that sense of rightness, it helps me maintain continuity and that makes quite a difference.

Here’s to the next three days. Or however many it takes.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the other taking part in this writing thing!

Anúna: 1st Draft

About the project

Anúna is an adult, urban fantasy novel about rival Faerie Queens, fierce warriors, magic, mayhem, and the occasional latté. It is still in the writing stage.