Well good morning gentle readers. I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend filled with fun and frolic. I'm sorry to say mine was filled with buckets of hot soapy water and rags, brooms, dust pans, vacuum cleaners and laundry baskets. It rained off and on most of the weekend and was pretty much miserable so I decided to clean the house.
I don't know if it works for you, but I can NOT sit down to a new ms. without having my house completely clean. I also straightened out the mind boggling mess on my desk and cleaned the office. Oh there's nothing to put me in a good frame of mind when everything is shiny clean.
So, I started working on the old ms. THE CAPTAIN'S HOUSE. OH. MY. GOD. I hate to toot my own horn, but I have come a L-O-N-G way since starting that four years ago. It's not bad, but boy howdy, it's not good either. The writing I mean. The plot is good, simple enough for category, the 'formula' is there, the characters are real, even the secondary ones, but the writing is weak. SO weak. I found 17 'was' in the first paragraph alone. Yikes.
Anyway, I read through the first 40k over the weekend (in between cleaning) and decided I couldn't do anything further with it until I cleaned it up considerably. It was just too ugly to even look at. I've also made notes on the chapters to take out a few scenes that just don't move the story forward -- middle sag. (I can't believe how immature this book is.)
My inner editor is raging at my stupidness. But then again, that's how we learn isn't it?
So that's that for that. I've also been blogging around and I'm finding more and more of us are cutting back to M-W-F posts. Which I think is pretty good. Most of you have been around for as long as I have and we're all pretty much connected to the same "friends", we've all read the same posts, now I think, it's just a matter of getting back to work. We know we're not going anywhere, even if we take a break, we know we're just an e-mail away if need be. Besides, it's summer. I know my schedule is taking on a whole new reality. Up at 5 so I can get a little quiet time before Monster Baby gets up. I used to use that time to blog, but now I think I'm taking that time to write. I'll follow my blogs at night after supper now.
And speaking of which, I just want you all to know that even though I might not comment, I read you all. I adjusted my Google Reader and made folders and compiled my list so I can take up less time. Following the blogroll is just a huge time suck. Google Reader is just so much easier. So please don't feel as if I've abandoned you. I just can't do everything I want to anymore. Time is of the essence these days.
So there we are. I'm also trying Gwen's Summer Challenge. I've got to go back and put the little emblem on my blog (if Blogger will let me this time. Oh, such a bad Blogger these last few days.) I might even break down and get one of those widget things to mark my progress. I KNOW, that's so daring for me!
And for those of you who are wondering about Genna & Tony -- it's still there, just not on the front burner anymore. If I can get as much done on THE CAPTAIN'S HOUSE as I'd like, I might be persuaded to work on G&T again. There's a big scene coming up the night of the 4th of July party but I have to let it stew for awhile. I've got two options for Genna that night -- Pete or Tony -- I'm just not sure what she wants to do yet. She hasn't told me.
So, that's it from my little corner of the blogosphere. I hope you are all having productive weeks and writing your little fingers to the bone. I'll see you Friday at the Piedmont Grille.