Editing JADE MOON WANING: Week 9

Today (OK, yesterday) marked the Ninth full week of editing the current WIP: JADE MOON WANING.

For those of you that might be hopping on with this post, you can find Week 1 here.

I’m under 100 pages to go. This the home stretch and I’m pretty jazzed. There’s also less than a week to go in January. I’m going to push to see if I can get this done by Feb 1st.

There may be some of you out there that may be thinking, “Wow, Nine weeks and you’re still editing?”

To be honest, I’ve occasionally had that thought my own self. Especially in light of all of the award eligibility posts coming out, I find myself wondering how I could shift things in order to get even more done.

But consider:

When this is done, I’l have read the entire manuscript (all 500+ pages of it) three times! And it’s not casual reading either. One of them was an out loud read, and I don’t know about you, but that has a noticeable effect on my reading speed. This is the craft part of the process, like I mentioned before, and it’s going to take as long as it takes.

What I want you to take away from this is: Quality is favorable to quantity. When you send your work out, you want it to be the best that you can possibly make it. And that not only goes for when you’re querying agents, or editors, but all the time.

Your agent, or editor, isn’t going to care that you only complete one book a year, if what you produce is a good story that’s well-polished. That’s not to say that there won’t be additional work to do on it, but you’ll have taken it as far as you can go on your own.

Neither will your agent or editor care if you crank out three books a year if they are rife with problems, need a load of work, and are as polished as a dirt road.

Take the time that you need to take, and know that the more you do it, the more adept you will become in doing it. Which means that what might have taken you ten weeks to complete, could take you less time on the next project – Or it might take more time, no two projects are the same, but your skill level will have increased, regardless.

So I’m going to wrap this up for now. I’ve got a couple inches of snow on the ground, and five more on the way in the next day or so. You hear about life getting in the way of getting stuff done – this would be a prime example. There’s no way I’m going to be able to sit through up to 8 inches of snow without taking some time to do something about it.

Keep pushing that needle forward when you can!

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Friday Fess-Up: January 25th.

Welcome to the another installment of the Friday Fess-up!

We made it!

OK, so…I’ve got a bit of a confession to make – which is what this post (or is it column? Can I call it a column?) is all about:

I’m beginning to dislike short work weeks.

I know. Crazy talk, right?

But…there it is.

It wouldn’t be so bad if we could all come to the universal and – I think – the essential realization that you *cannot* fit five day’s worth of work into a four day (or any parcel of time that is less than five days long) package.

Not without some serious temporal fiddling around, and I’m just not feeling up to that.

So, workplaces of the world, knock it the hell off, right?

What’s been going on this past week?

Last weekend I was at ConFusion!! Thank you to those of you that stopped by. I met a lot of awesome people and caught up with a bunch of awesome people last weekend.

I committed to getting a bit of work done over the weekend, and I did manage that, though the times were often sporadic and, as often as not, in the wee-hours of the morning.*

Post con, it got cold. really cold, and the heater in the house is really struggling to keep up. That means that I’ve had to relocate my writing space – not wholesale, mainly just the laptop, but it’s been disruptive. I’m not sure how well I like it, having the summer space and the winter space but, for now, I’m making it work.

And work it is. I’m still pushing forward, though I hadn’t had the time to bring the laptop into work to get more pages edited (see the whole 5 days into 4 thing above), but I am down to the last hundred or so pages. Soon I’ll be done – with this round.

See you on Sunday!

*This would be the wee-hours after I woke up, not before I went to bed. I didn’t have much left in the tank by then.

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What am  I reading this week?

The Chronicles of the Lensmen vol. 2 by E.E. “Doc” Smith. I have this in an omnibus edition. The story that I’m currently reading in this volume is “Second Stage Lensman.”

How to Save an Undead Life” by Hailey Edwards.

What am I listening to this week? The Be the Serpent podcast.
Reader, I got to meet one of the Serpents at ConFusion: Jennifer Mace. There was much internal Squeeeee happening.

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well? I need a rest. I failed in my commitment last week to get a solid 8 hours a night, every night (One night in three to be exact). So I’m in recovery mode.

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Five Thing Thursday: January 24th.



Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: I am down to the last hundred or so pages of JADE MOON WANING! I may not hit the Feb 1st goal, but it’ll be close.

Thing #2: There will be another edition of the “Two Questions With…” Blog tour coming up in February (We’re still working on the logo). It’ll be romance-based. Stay tuned!

Thing #3: I’m going to start researching putting together a mailing list. A lot of folk I’ve talked to tell me that it’s a good idea to get started early. I’ll probably jump into the nuts-n-bolts this weekend, so stay tuned for that too.

Thing #4: ConFusion was (as always) a great time, even the 8AM Saturday morning Frosty fun run, walk, roll, crawl, gasp, flail. I even got some editing done in the wee hours (after waking up).

Thing #5: This morning (and I’m not kidding, this rolled in at 6:53 Am) started out with a rejection letter. The day is going to end with me submitting somewhere else. That’s how you handle rejection.

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Until then…

Be safe Y’All.



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Editing JADE MOON WANING: Week 8



Today (OK, yesterday) marked the Eighth full week of editing the current WIP: JADE MOON WANING.

For those of you that might be hopping on with this post, you can find Week 1 here.

I’ve got just over 100 pages to go. There’s enough work there to make me think that I might be able to make the Feb 1st deadline that I’m shooting for…There’s also enough work there to make me think that I might, just, miss the Feb 1st deadline that I’m shooting for.

We’ll see how it goes.

So this weekend was ConFusion 2019!!! Despite that, I managed to get some work done before programming over the weekend. Double-Win.

Now…I’m totally drained. It’s a good thing that I’ve got Monday off, because I don’t think I’ll be able to people very well without a break.

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Friday Fess-Up: January 18th.

Welcome to the another installment of the Friday Fess-up!

We made it!

OK, that’s kind of a rubbish thing to say, seeings how my last day of day-job for the week was on Wednesday.

Why is that you ask?

Because this weekend I’m at ConFusion!! Will I see you there? My schedule is up on the Events page.

How has the week been? Well I’m still taking my laptop in to work to get some supplemental editing done on my lunch hour. I’ve been averaging about a chapter a day, which is a nice steady pace given the time I’ve got to play with. This Thursday was the exception. I got a couple of good writing sessions in. More importantly, since I am typing this post up in advance, I now have to get some good writing sessions in, because editing this post late Thursday night…just isn’t going to happen.

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My Schedule is on the Events Page.

See you on Sunday!

What am  I reading this week?

The Chronicles of the Lensmen vol. 2 by E.E. “Doc” Smith. I have this in an omnibus edition. The story that I’m currently reading in this volume is “Grey Lensman.”

How to Save an Undead Life” by Hailey Edwards.

What am I listening to this week? The Galactic Suburbia podcast

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well? This Weekend is full of ConFusion!! Despite what may be late nights, I am committed to getting a solid eight hours of sleep a night. Gotta be on my game.

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Be sure to stop by on Sunday for the usual blog post!

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If you’ve read, and enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a review:

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Trials

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Five Thing Thursday: January 17th.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: ConFusion is this weekend!! My schedule is up on the Events page. If you’re in the Dearborn area, stop by and say Hi!

Thing #2: This week’s musical landscape has been provided by Dragonforce, and John Anealio. Put them in your ears people. You’ll be glad you did.

Thing #3: If you’re traveling this weekend – and I don’t just mean up to my neck O’ the woods, but anywhere – be safe. Especially if you’re traveling in my neck O’ the woods. We’re expecting a bit of snow.

Thing #4: I have so much blogging to do to cover for me being gone this weekend. Sometimes my organizational skills are rubbish.

Thing #5: I might, actually, and against the odds, finish this round of edits on schedule…

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See you tomorrow for the Friday Fess-up post.

Until then…

Be safe Y’All.



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Editing JADE MOON WANING: Week 7

Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

Today (OK, yesterday) marked the Seventh full week of editing the current WIP: JADE MOON WANING.

For those of you that might be hopping on with this post, you can find Week 1 here.

I’ve officially crossed the Half-Way point.

This is going to sound odd, but it’s starting to feel “real” now that I’ve rounded that corner.

Of course it’s been real ever since I’ve started, but it’s been real in more of an abstract way. Like when a developer puts up a building somewhere along your drive to work. You see it every day. You’re familiar (somewhat) with the thing coming into being. You see the skeleton as it develops, but it’s not “Real” in the way it is when you drive past and notice that the thing is finished.

I’m focused on getting the work done, but out there on the periphery, there’s the excitement (mixed with a bit of trepidation) coming with the realization that I’m going to be able to sent this out to people–my CP’s and my Agent. Folks whose opinions matter–soon. It might not be the February 1st date that I had in mind Last Week. I stumbled into a battle scene that had some issues and it took me a couple of days to get it right.

But soon.

And it’s encouraging to come back to scenes that incited an emotional response while I was writing them, to find that they still pack that punch after being away for several months.

I hit one of those scenes yesterday, and it damaged my plans to turn today into purely a “Me” day.

Then again, if I’m this jazzed about getting back into it…That’s a “me” thing too.

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My ConFusion 2019 schedule is up on my Events page. If you’re going to be in the Dearborn area this coming weekend, stop by and say Hi!

Be sure to stop by the Freebies page for story Excerpts.

If you’ve read, and enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a review:

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Friday Fess-Up: January 11th.

Welcome to the another installment of the Friday Fess-up!

We made it!

I can’t say that I’ve been as productive as I could have been this week but, then again, I think I’m wired to see things that way unless I spend every waking moment working.

Some weeks are better than others.

Saturday was pretty mild weather-wise, and there was a lot of stuff to do outside, so I didn’t get any writing done. There are times where it’s harder than others to realize that that’s ok.

I don’t remember much about Sunday. I think I was recovering from overexerting myself physically on Saturday (SORE!), but I did get up there and got a chapter done.

Come Monday, and I’m getting up to write early, and I’m also taking the laptop into work so that I can get some writing doe when I’m finished eating. Might be that this comes as a surprise to you, but I cannot write and eat at the same time. There’s this huge disconnect that happens. It just doesn’t work for me.

So every day this week I’m getting up early, and writing at work. Today was what I’d call the first “Good” day of work. I got stuff done early, and I fell into THE ZONE later on during lunch. I’m over halfway done with this edit, and that’s pretty exciting.

This weekend, I’m planning on getting a nice chunk of pages done. We’ll see how it goes.

The weekend after next (the 18th) I’ll be at ConFusion Will I see you there?

My Schedule is on the Events Page.

See you on Sunday!

What am  I reading this week?

The Chronicles of the Lensmen vol. 2 by E.E. “Doc” Smith. I have this in an omnibus edition. The story that I’m currently reading in this volume is “Grey Lensman.”

Tricked, an Anthology of short fiction, by various authors, including my Agent Sibling – M. Z. Medina There’s some good stories in here. Do yourself a favor and pick this up.

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

What am I listening to this week? The Strong Female Characters podcast

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well? Sleep is still something that I continue to struggle with. So I’m hoping to catch up. I’d also like to watch a bit of Rugby this weekend. The Six Nations Tournament is coming up and that’ll be a nice prep for the 2019 World Cup later on this year(Can’t wait!!!). I’ll have to figure out the logistics, but I am definitely throwing a party for the final.

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Be sure to stop by on Sunday for the usual blog post!

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If you’ve read, and enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a review:

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Five Thing Thursday: January 10th.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: Editing is still progressing for JADE MOON WANING. I got stuck on trying to iron out a bumpy scene and that took me a couple of days, but I’m moving forward again, closing in on page # 300.

Thing #2: Schedule time for yourself. I jokingly sent out a tweet saying that I needed to put “Take some time for yourself” on the “To Do” list. After percolating for a couple of days, I realized that I wasn’t really joking. I don’t know about you, but my days are busy as hell, and still I’m fretting about getting more and more done. That’s a bad practice, because there’ll always be something else that needs doing. I need to realize that whatever it is…it can wait while I recharge.

Thing #3: I don’t know what put it in my mind, but recently, I went back and dug up my copy of Judas Priest’s Defenders of the Faith album. Now I can’t claim to be the biggest Priest fan in the world, and I think it had been several years since I’d deliberately put on some of their music….

Damn, that’s a good release. I’ve listened to it several times over the past week and haven’t gotten tired of it. So, take some time to go back to the stuff that you really used to dig and see if it holds up. The down-side is that some of it won’t. You’re not the same person that you were then, and that’s a good thing.

Thing #4: ConFusion is the week after next!!! Check out my schedule on the Events page. Will I see you there?

Thing #5: Remember: It’ll be OK in the end.  If it’s not OK, it’s not the end…

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See you tomorrow for the Friday Fess-up post.

Until then…

Be safe Y’All.

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Editing Jade Moon Waning: Week 6.

Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

Today (OK, yesterday) marked the Sixth full week of editing the current WIP: JADE MOON WANING.

For those of you that might be hopping on with this post, you can find Week 1 here.

Coming into this week, I started to feel concerned that I was getting repetitive. You know, “Here we are …Week six and I’m still editing.” Yes, there was that point where I finished reading the book out loud and switched to transcribing my notes into my Master Copy of the manuscript (ALWAYS make a copy of your master project before you start editing!!). And, yes, that’s a pretty significant point in the process but, after a week, what is there to add?

And I realize that this makes editing sound like a repetitive slog but, for me, nothing can be farther from the truth. I love editing. I love every part of the writing process, to be honest, which makes me wonder if I’m doing it right, because it seems like every writer I know has a least favorite part about writing, and I’m just not feeling that about any part of the process.

So yeah, on the surface, or on the blog, it can sound pretty repetitive, but you’ve got to look deeper than that. There are heaps of things going on when you’re down at the sentence (or paragraph, but no higher) level of the work. And it’s there that the magic happens, though not everybody gets it.

It’s hard to put into words the feeling that comes when you spot a word, or a phrase that isn’t quite what you meant, and then you come up with the exact thing that would go perfectly in that spot.

Sometimes what you get is the satisfaction that comes with knowing that you’ve smoothed out a rough spot, and that’s a pretty good feeling on it’s own.

But then…

Then you find a spot that’s already pretty good, but not quite “There” if you know what I mean. You find a spot like that and you make a change that causes you to sit back and think, “Yeah. I fucking NAILED that.”

If I could bottle that feeling, they’d probably curse my name for all time, because that isn’t something that you should be able to pop the top on and experience. That’s a feeling that you’ve got to earn.

That’s editing for me: Chasing the Awesome, and sometimes catching it.

Back to the nuts-n-bolts:

I figured out that, If I wanted to get through the rest of the manuscript by February 1, I’ll need to complete 14 pages a day, every day for the rest of the month. Given the amount of time I’ve got during the average day, I think I can manage that, even with ConFusion coming up on the 17th.

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