Don’t tell anyone …

… but the editing review on screen is actually pretty straightforward. It depresses me how reasonable I seem to be becoming.

Five chapters in (though I am going to try not to be boring with a running count!). As always, Catherine’s focused and precise, and she’s done so many of my books that by now that she ‘gets’ my ear and rhythms. We natter back and forth a bit on some sentences, commas, tenses … but it is pretty low-grade by now and usually if she asks for some detail to be made clearer she’s right. (I can get way too far inside my awareness of characters and setting, the perspective of someone coming fresh to the story is important. Others do this for me too, but she’s reading most closely.)

I value it hugely when she catches me in a slip. I had a long scene with seven men, towards the end of it I mentioned ‘six men’ and she spotted it. I always write ‘good catch’ in the margin (e-margin now), and breathe a sigh of relief.

The only negative about doing this electronically is that it is harder to change my mind. I’ve often, in the past, rejected something she suggests, then moved down the page, glanced back up, thought about it again, and accepted. Or the reverse. It is trickier to look at two phrasings or punctuations at once now. Having said that, in the end it is just a shift in mental process.

I can do that. Yankees are done in baseball, I am well-and-truly focused.

Need to do a post about the upcoming World Fantasy Convention. It is here in Toronto this year. I’m giving the first public reading from River of Stars. And connecting with a great many friends. The hotel bartenders are in 2-a-day workout sessions.

8 thoughts on “Don’t tell anyone …

  1. You should have left it in as a reference to the use of the dual pronoun to refer to three men in the embassy scene in book 9 of the Iliad. Or, had it not been caught, that would at least have been an awesome excuse ;).

    (Yeah, you can show the pesky Classicist the door now…)

  2. You should have left it in as a reference to the use of the dual pronoun to refer to three men in the embassy scene in book 9 of the Iliad. Or, had it not been caught, that would at least have been an awesome excuse ;).

    (Yeah, you can show the pesky Classicist the door now…)

  3. Wait! You mean … Homer nods? And I can use him as an excuse?

    Pesky Classicists always welcome. Take a chair by the window over the wine-dark sea.

    (Speaking of that … Did you know there are theories that the eye hadn’t evolved as far back then and colours were actually not differentiated as sharply as now? Other, more common, theories have to do with language and its influence on colour perception.)

  4. Wait! You mean … Homer nods? And I can use him as an excuse?

    Pesky Classicists always welcome. Take a chair by the window over the wine-dark sea.

    (Speaking of that … Did you know there are theories that the eye hadn’t evolved as far back then and colours were actually not differentiated as sharply as now? Other, more common, theories have to do with language and its influence on colour perception.)

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