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30 April 2008 @ 08:24 am
snowballed, but not  

I was exceedingly chipper yesterday, which isn’t in and of itself especially surprising. But it was an ebullience of surprising fortitude, and I finally figured out that it probably wasn’t just due to having THE QUEEN’S BASTARD hit the shelves. I suspect it also has a great deal to do with having told my editor last week that the fourth Walker Papers would be turned in sometime in early-to-mid July rather on June 1, as it’s supposed to be, and having her say, “Okay!”

I think my good humour is significantly increased by that “okay” sinking in. I think this is probably what A Load Off My Shoulders feels like. I still have a thousand things to do, and the snowball effect is not actually lessened, but I feel a bit more like I’m perhaps frantically skidding along the top of the avalanche instead of being rolled and dumped and thrown through it.

I’m up to about page 350 on TPC revisions. So far, so good: a couple scenes to add and two or three so far to revise, and I *cut one*, yay me! But thus far I’m reading along and a part of my brain is going, “Damn, if I weren’t writing this book, I’d want to know what happens!” (Though as Kate said yesterday, “You *are* writing this book and you want to know what happens!”) It’s going to get stickier from here on out, though; I’ve got new scenes to write and several to revise, and the next day or so of reading is going to involve a lot of margin notes and questions to self and ideas on how to revise and add material. I’m *hoping* I won’t need to do a second read-through before starting to actually rewrite, but we’ll see. Either way, I’m feeling optimistic about it.

Okay. Shower, breakfast, and then off to the mines.

miles to Minas Tirith: 324.1

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Brian: Bunny: readinglogrusboy on April 30th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Though as Kate said yesterday, “You *are* writing this book and you want to know what happens!”

I would take that as a really good sign. :)
dqg_nealdqg_neal on April 30th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine your editor being too disappointed with you when you finally have to push back a deadline. You are giving them a whole months extra notice. I keep thinking that most authors wait until the day before and mention that they aren't complete with it.

Or like in anime Kodomo no Omocha (Child's Toy) where the mother who is an author is being chased around the house and constantly outwitting her editor that wants her latest manuscript.
kitmizkit on May 1st, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
Sadly, this will be the 3rd book in a row I've turned in late. It's...circumstances beyond my control, but I'm pretty frustrated by it.
dqg_nealdqg_neal on May 1st, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
3rd in a row? Doh.. what have you been doing with all those pretty numbers on your calendar?

Try and work on training your character some more so they don't throw your plot off its intended route and create another major rewrite.
Kes Yocumkesmun on May 1st, 2008 08:26 am (UTC)
I was amused at an author who put a couple of deleted scenes as extras on her website. That might be fun...
kitmizkit on May 1st, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
...you know, the scene I cut is one of very very *very* few in the entire history of my writing career that I *could* put on my website as a DVD extra. :) Usually if I'm cutting scenes it's because what happens in them is now so utterly out of context that it would literally make no sense to turn 'em out as extras. Maybe I'll do that when TPC comes out! :)
Kes Yocumkesmun on May 1st, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
That would be cool. *G* I have this feeling that having recently read And Less Than Kind by Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis and reading the Bridgerton books by Julia Quinn right now, I'll be in a perfect mood for The Queen's Bastard next.