Hello Gentle Readers, just wanted to keep you up to date as to what I've been doing. Frying my eyeballs doing line edits. Oh. My. God. What a pain in the ass! I got through the first 80 pages with nary a headache in sight. Now that I'm around page 150, I think I need some form of heavy medication to keep my vision from blurring.
I found the trick is to skim the manuscript, not really reading the story, per se, but looking at it from an editorial eye. Yeah, well, my editorial eyes got stuck and fogged, and then I found myself reading the story again. Well, I guess I sort of had to, I'm in the middle, more or less, and I wanted to make sure I didn't have a middle slump, you know. But man, oh, man, I swear, sometimes I just want to give up. I don't know what's worse, writing the book, the query, or line edits. This is so much harder than running a restaurant for 75, doing a wedding for 250, and a dinner for 35 in the upper dining room, at the same time. In the space of three hours, the food is out, drinks are flowing and I can clean up the kitchen and go home. This book isn't going to ever be done, and even though I gave up the booze before my daughter was born, I tell you, I could really use a Southern Comfort Manhatten right about now. With three cherries.
Okay, I also haven't sent out my queries yet, don't want to jinx myself if Donald does want the full tomorrow, lol, I want to be able to give it to him in perfect condition. Which means, I also have to realign my chapters. I cut so much out, now the chapters are all wobbly. But I don't want to do that and line edit at the same time. One thing at a time gentle readers, one thing at a time.
I hope you are having a better weekend than I. However, with only 150 more pages to go, and the ending is pretty tight so I don't think I'll need to do a whole lot with that, I'm hoping to finish tonight, and send out queries tomorrow.
Oh, and by the way, I discovered that I do have a three-act story arc. Pretty cool I think, for someone who's a panster. Sometimes I even amaze myself. And the best part, I've cut another 800 words, so now I'm down to 97K. More or less. TA DA.