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19 January 2014 @ 12:04 pm
an unexpected gift  

I’m doing copy edits, which is the least fun part of anything, on SHAMAN RISES. They’re actually very light this time; the only real issue is that the copy editor and I have a violent disagreement over the Oxford comma (I am pro; she is con).

Anyway, so I was reading along and suddenly something TOTALLY UNEXPECTED happened in the book!

And then something else TOTALLY UNEXPECTED happened! And–it kept happening! I had completely forgotten all of the revisions that I’d done last summer, and I was sitting there reading my own manuscript with one hand clapped over my mouth while I held my breath and, wide-eyed, kept scrolling to see what was going to happen next.

This happens *incredibly* rarely. Like, I can pretty well read the Strongbox Chronicles because I wrote them so fast it’s like someone else’s work, and there was one scene in URBAN SHAMAN that shocked me every time the first 15 times or so I read it.

But this is a whole chunk, a good quarter of the book, that’s almost completely new to me. I’ve been having moments of “OH GOD I REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENS NOW” and “AUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH NO OH NO AUUUUUUUUUUGH” and I feel like I’ve been given a wonderful gift, the ability to read the last book in the Walker Papers as a reader.

Obviously I’m the Ideal Reader for my books, but boy, if this affects my readers in general half as much as it’s affected me, I’ll consider this book a great triumph. Wow.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

irishkateirishkate on January 19th, 2014 11:45 am (UTC)
I shall never feel shame if I can't remember which book something happens in so....and......eeeep
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on January 19th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
That is SO wonderful! I can't wait to read the book. Except that I never want to read it, because then the series will be over :-(
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on January 19th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yay! That sounds wonderful, and Very Promising!

And the Oxford comma totally wins, fwiw.
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on January 19th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
I do this all the time, and I can't figure out if it's because my memory is that bad (it is, my family has learned to ask me what I've forgotten when they find me standing in the middle of a room staring into space)... or because I write so quickly I don't remember what I wrote two days ago. -_-

Yay, for self-entertainment, though? :)
Lauratavella on January 19th, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hee! I sometimes do a variant of that, where I forget I wrote something. So I'll be reading an old thread or paper and going "that's very good!"... and then I realize I was the one who wrote it. Always torn on whether that means I am a good writer, or if I just write to my own id.