June 3rd, 2011



I still have a zillion things to blog about, but I’m only giving myself short windows because I have work to do, so today’s topic is revisions. :)

My mother-in-law, blessed be her name, is here to visit, and has very kindly taken Young Indiana on in the mornings so I can go somewhere else to work. Now, my thought had been kind of to go to the Writers Centre, because, well, writers centre. However, as yer man said when I asked what time they opened, “Ten! …well, ten thirty.” Pause. “Eleven to be sure,” I decided that they were not the right place to go for morning work. :)

However, last week our friend Brian brought Indiana and me around to the new Loft Bookshop above the Twisted Pepper cafe. The Loft is run by our friend Rob-who-used-to-work-at-Chapters, and I remembered that hey! The Loft had chairs and tables! So I went in yesterday and asked if I could be their writer in residence for a while, and they delightfully said yes, so I’ve been plunking down there to work for the past couple days.

And it’s been tremendously successful. The revisions are going smashingly. I’ve rewritten all of the chapters I hated and am now quite pleased with them. I might need to add one more scene to one of them, but yeah, much much better. In fact, I’ve reached the point where I really need to print the manuscript out so I can go over it with a pencil and really figure out the last detail work–there’s a lot of it–that needs to be done. And then I need to fully revise the first chapter, but I’m quite certain that’ll be the very last thing I do. Which is not at all how I normally do revisions, but it’s definitely how these revisions need to be done.

So it’s been an utterly splendid week here, between birthdays and getting a lot of good work done and visiting with family and everything.

And now I’m gonna go work more on the ElectriCity synopsis and ask Fred if I can post the SUPERCOOL logo he made. O.O :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)


Heaven knows if this is the logo that will stick, but I squee’d like a fangirl when Fred flang this my way. *heart palpitations*! :)

Somebody on Twitter admired the enthusiasm Fred and I were showing for this project, the headlong no-holds-barred gung-ho go-for-itness of it all, which both pleased and bemused me, mostly because in the going-on-twenty years I’ve known Fred that’s always been how I’ve seen him handle projects of any sort, and which is pretty much my, uh, what’s that Latin phrase, not carpe diem, the other one. You know. Uh. *stares at the wall* Oh, hell, you know what I mean, right? MODUS OPERANDI, there we go. Anyway, the Twitter follower liked that there was no evident writerly or creative neuroticism going on in our planning, and we found ourselves assuring him there wasn’t any being hidden in the background, either. There might be some later (like every writer I go through the OH GOD THIS IS THE WORST THING I HAVE EVER WRITTEN phase, but at this point I recognize it as part of the process), but mostly, no, it’s just idiotic wide-grinning enthusiasm.

I’m still working on the synopsis, around doing revisions. It’ll be a five-act (chapter) play, and depending on how successful the Kickstarter campaign is–because Kickstarter is the only way we can Make This Go (I will talk cash outlay numbers later)–the chapters will be somewhere between 20 and 30 pages. Basically the more successful the campaign, the longer the story. I’ve just finished the third chapter synopsis and the characters and storyline are really starting to fill out nicely. There’s conflict between people I didn’t expect to see it between. There are reveals that even the cleverest of the characters isn’t prepared for–and she’s prepared for just about anything. A whole bunch of the throw-away side ideas for world-building that we talked up are actually going to be really relevant to the development of the storyline. I mean, really, we’re just at the *synopsis* stage and I feel like it’s coming together really nicely. I can hardly stand to wait until we get to the stage of doing *actual* exciting things like auditioning artists, for heaven’s sake!

Did I mention I love my job? :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)