Another Plug for My Mini (See original comments in Post #5, Nov. 11.)
This morning I had an early appointment to get my car serviced, and I expected a long wait, since a gear shift issue needed to be tended to along with the regular maintenance due. So, I took my Netbook (aka “mini”) with me.
During the three hours I was there, I prepared the seventh issue of Cinnamon’s free serialization. That process usually takes between one and two hours due to the formatting problems that resulted from the publisher’s book-blocked version being translated into my computer. I also made progress on the new edit of Separation of Faith (yes, another one–see separate topic in this post).
As I was working, I would occasionally look up at the other customers in the waiting room, who were either watching television or staring off into nothing, as if in a coma. If not for my mini, that might have been me as well :-).
As I mentioned in my November 11 post, anyone who is trying to squeeze out precious minutes here and there, from an otherwise crammed-full life, to get a little writing done (or maybe finish a book) really needs to investigate the idea of a mini. There’s no cumbersome, heavy laptop to worry about–just a little thing that fits in my purse.
I’ve used my mini while riding the bus into the City, while waiting in doctor’s offices, while waiting anywhere. When I suspect in advance that waiting will be a possibility, I simply put my mini in my purse or tote, along with a flash drive. The fully charged battery gives me three hours without a power cord. (Today I had an outlet near me, so the battery wasn’t even an issue. But on the bus, for example, I never worry–and the mini is slightly larger than a sandwich bag, fitting easily on my lap, even in a cramped seat.)
As I said in November, the acquisition of the mini enabled me to finish Separation of Faith sooner than anticipated (which is a good thing, considering how many edits have accrued/continue to accrue since then). So, if you can possibly find a way to secure a mini for yourself, you won’t believe how many extra hours of writing you can accomplish in a week. Just a thought …
Here’s the link I included in November, for some initial comparisons of netbook models: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=2814.
7th Free Issue of Cinnamon Available for Downloading
Here you go: http://www.filedby.com/author/cheri_laser/2721580/documents/26568982/. As always, please let me know if you’re giving this a try.
Another Edit of Separation of Faith
Last week I received the first editorial evaluation back from the publisher and, as expected, there are a few more issues that I need to address. My goal is to earn the “Editor’s Choice” designation for the book prior to release, but in order for that to happen, the work has to meet a long list of extremely high standards. According to the evaluation, all the elements of characterization, plot, and setting are there and at the mandated level. But there are three issues I need to address:
- The inadvertent mixing up of multiple points-of-view (POV) in a single scene or chapter. This problem exists in a handful of places.
- A few additional areas where I was doing the same thing that resulted in the new chapter in my last edit. This time, I was periodically overusing letters and journals to “tell” a part of the story rather than flashing back so the reader could “experience” that part of the story. In each case, I remember telling myself as I was originally writing those sections that the letter or journal would be “faster and shorter” than flashing back. But when I was doing the post-beta readers edit, I was so focused on the big things, like the new chapter, I overlooked the other areas that have now popped up.
- A few areas where dialogue needs to be transformed into narrative (again, the point is that I was telling instead of creating the experience).
These are such important lessons that I’m hoping there will be writers out there who recognize themselves and their stories in my situation. When I’m wearing my other hat as a freelance editor, I can easily spot these issues in the manuscripts I’m given. Seeing them in my own writing, however, is not so easy. That’s why we all need to release our work into the hands of others–lots of others–and ask them for specific feedback (not just “this is great”) on the basic elements of a novel. Here are a few links on the subject (because we can never read too much about this stuff):
I received the editorial evaluation back at the end of last week and started the edit on Saturday. This one is moving pretty quickly since the scope of what needs to be “tweaked”–the verb used in the evaluation–has now been narrowed to the three issues. Some portions will take longer than others, because turning a journal entry into a flashback is challenging. But my goal is to be finished by my next post on the 15th, or shortly thereafter.
Once I’ve completed the edit, there will be another evaluation–and then we’ll see where we are at that point, with respect to the “Editor’s Choice” designation. I’ll keep you posted.
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