Baby Steps, Baby Steps…

So a long, multi-tiered discussion of my main characters with R-, *may* have kicked the chocks out from around the wheels and allowed things to move.  It feels very…vulnerable…right now, so I’m not saying much, except that something under the surface is moving a little.   I know some things Ky *isn’t* going to be doing Read More…

Revision Review

Since revision this time digs right into the foundation structure of NewBook, a post on where the revision is at the moment seems a good time to discuss the kinds of problems a book’s underpinnings or foundation–the deeper structure–can have, and strategies for fixing  same.   This is not a problem I have often, but it’s Read More…

Revision, revision, revision: still not done?

Still not done.  Little chunks have come out.  Bigger chunks of new material have appeared.   Sequence tangles have been extricated, laid out, and put in order, with necessary transitions.  It’s taken this long to get the first thirty-two days of the story cleaned up, and to introduce things that were left out.  It’s gonna be Read More…

The Agent Calls

My writing for publication goes first to my agent, then to an editor, then (if accepted) to a copy editor and production.   So the agent’s call or email to give me his reaction to whatever (book, shorter work) is usually my first *professional* assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.   The eyes on the work are Read More…

NewBook Has an End

About 1:20 pm today, NewBook attempted the “trickling away” ending (which usually means the real ending is some pages back) and sure enough, the real ending was some pages back.   It’s found its end.   Now comes the chainsaw of correction, the gorilla glue of mending and patching, the jewelers’ rouge for polishing, and weeks more Read More…

Reader Help Needed!

In COLD WELCOME, chapter 37, Grace, MacRobert, etc. are flying west from Port Major across the continent to a city on the west coast where they will meet Stella coming in from off-planet.  I do not have the final version of this book on the computer; it has them flying to Portmentor.   I also have Read More…

Are Horses Off-Topic? Not Really

Most regular visitors here know I am  a horse lover, longtime rider, and occasional horse owner, with a list of horse-related injuries to prove some level of inexpert experience.  I have fallen off horses over fences, been spun off, bucked off (both western & English tack), and have had broken bones and concussions.  Still, the Read More…