One of my beta readers recently asked about the black tents one of the cultures in The Impossible Contract use in the middle of a Sahara-like desert. The question reminded me about the wholly counterintuitive use of black fabric in extreme heat and how, paradoxically, black fabric is actually superior to white in a handful of… Continue reading On Wearing Black in the Desert
Is the final draft done yet?: YES Current page count: 209/209 Shots of whiskey: 1 Current problems with the manuscript: there's probably something left to fix in the beginning or middle or what have you but it's small and inconsequential and what I'm trying to say is THIS IS DONE AAAH *FLAILING INTENSIFIES* It's… Continue reading WIP Check-in: DONE DONE DONE
Is the final draft done yet?: NO Current page count: 200/209 Shots of whiskey: 2.5 Current problems with the manuscript: I AM A LITTLE TIPSY AND OVERWHELMED WITH TODAY'S REVELATIONS Almost there! I think most of the worst of the editing is done! It's just line edits and tweaks from here on out!!
I have a week left until my wholly self-imposed deadline of April 1st to finish this final draft of my WIP. I'm a month late already and April Fool's Day just seems to be an appropriate time to send this beast to my beta readers. There is an awful lot of restructuring and rewriting to… Continue reading WIP Check-In: The Final Draft and Final Countdown, Day 1
I wrote the last word of the first draft this morning. It felt... oddly anticlimactic. But it's done. Every scene is in there, from the very beginning to the very end. Unlike draft zero, which was basically a 130 page outline. This is cleaner, more polished. Almost - but not quite - there. I have… Continue reading First Draft = Done!
It keeps on going on, my friend. One person started writing it not knowing when she'd stop. And she will keep on writing it forever just because - At least, that's what it feels like! I had a December deadline to reach 100k words, thinking that would be close enough to finished. That passed by… Continue reading This is the WIP That Never Ends