December 5th, 2007


a weird writer thing

So I have no problem being in the same room with someone who is reading one of my books. You know, a properly bound book and all that. If they laugh I want to know what bit they're laughing at, but that's no big thing.


I. Cannot. Stand. To be in a room where someone is reading an actual manuscript.

My parents are down to visit and to proof TQB. They're downstairs reading it. I don't even like being in the *house*! I want to run away! Blee! Blee! Blee!

It's ridiculous. It's absurd. I *know* this. And yet every time, it gives me the heebie-jeebies.

On the other hand, it damn near guarantees I'm going to be in my office huddling at my computer for the next three days, typing away so I don't have to think about the horror of someone reading my manuscript somewhere else in the house...

...and that, my friends... one. hundred. thousand. words on this book*.

It is not done yet. I have at least two more chapters and possibly as many as five or six. That's fine, whatever, I don't care. But hitting 100K feels like a milestone I would never reach. I have revised this book six times to get this far. I have thrown out at *least* fifty thousand words. This is the worst way to write a book EVAR.

However, with the exception of one scene which is acceptable in concept but needs work in actual implementation, I am tentatively *happy* with the book. I think it's going to end the trilogy more than satisfactorily. I think it's going to end it with a bang and leave people wanting more WHICH THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GET FOR A GOOD DAMNED LONG TIME BECAUSE OH MY GOD MY *BRAIN* uh ahem sorry was that my outside voice? O.O

Where was I. :)

Right. So despite the (literal) tears, the blood, the sweat, the head-beating, the frustration and the exhaustion, at the end of the day, I think this is going to turn out to be worth it.

My next post, which may get written tonight because I'm still hiding from People Reading My Manuscript, will be about cover art and back cover copy and how much control a writer really gets over those things, as per my query on what journal topics people might be interested in, from a while ago. :)

Well, unless something cooler comes up, in which case I'll post about that instead. :)

*HANDS OF FLAME, third and final in the Negotiator Trilogy