I finally made some progress with Blue Steel. Pats self on back. I've been stuck (again) and the deep story editing class is sort of responsible. I had written it a certain way, then changed the sequence of the story and got totally derailed. Been stewing for the better part of the week, stepped away from it for a day or so, then had an epiphany. Figured out my story order today, typed up the sequence of events and what scenes need to be revised (majority) and what still needs to be written. Have a better idea where to place the through lines for the romance portion of the story, plus cover more from the antagonist's point of view.
Basically been a blog friend and row80 failure for the first couple months but getting my arse back in gear. My writing goal will be to complete one hour of editing and one hour of writing per day. I gave up on Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer. I wasn't getting anything out of it. Starting James Scott Bell's Revision and Self Editing this week. Will be making more time to do the rounds and visit everyone - promise, cross my heart. I have been doing great with the treadmill, exercising 5 times per week for one hour. Go me!!!
Currently reading Moby Dick and on chapter 45. Have learned about all types of whales, the symbolism of whiteness and Ahab's exhortation to his crew to join him in his revenge quest. It's interesting....yet not. I've given myself permission to skim those sections that are a bit boggy, otherwise it will take me months to read.
It's book week 9 in our quest to Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks. Highlighting Frank Peretti this week, who am I happy to say finally has a new book coming out on March 6th - Illusion. Yes, I pre-ordered it. I discovered him back in the 1986 with the release of "This Present Darkness" about evil trying to take over a small town and the battle not only with humans but angels and demons for their souls. It's a gripping tale that will literally give you goosebumps as angels fight amongst the humans with demons sitting on someone's shoulder whispering in their ears. Super scary, supernatural, psychological thrillers that will give you goosebumps and sleep with the light on for a week.
J.D. Robb also just released a new book in the In Death series - Celebrity in Death. Have already devoured it. :) And I'm working my way through the series again listening to them in the car. Currently listening to the 6th book Vengance in Death.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
See you round the blogosphere!!!
I enjoyed reading this check-in, as much for the nifty list of books you posted to consider, Robin, as for the joy I could sense in your writing about having found your direction on Blue Steel. Congrats!ReplyDelete
I need to get thru the In Death series the first time. So good for you for starting again. The audios are wonderful.ReplyDelete
I so admire your writing goals.