So yesterday I’m working on the rewrite for the next Hollows book. This one is hands down my favorite since FOC. Has been for about a year. If you were here last week, you’ll know I had planned a major shift to make the first 100 pages faster by moving some magic, taking out a bit of “unnecessary magic” (That’s a good title, but the way. It just sort of rolls off the tongue.) and address a Trent issue that my editor had brought up.
I thought about what I wanted to do over the weekend, studied it, looked at the ramifications, and decided going ahead with my thoughts would work really well. It would be an intense fix, but worth it. ha-a-a-a-a- ha, ha-a-a-a.
Yesterday I’m blithely working on the last bit of the change, and I suddenly realize that the magic I moved had to be where it was for the cool stuff in chapter five to make sense. Much gnashing of teeth and whining ensued. I liked what I changed, and it took four days!
For three minutes I stewed, and then, upon deciding the changes I’d done made the book that much stronger and I didn’t want to go back, I looked at what I could tweak to adjust for it. As it would happen, everything was already there. I just needed to point it out. AND it would further some of the ideas of Trent that I had been working on. It also gives me something more to stand on at the end of the book, and the end need some major work.
A big PHEW from the woman behind the desk. I don’t like it when I miss something this obvious, but it is going to work beautifully. Obviously Trent isn’t as good at this magic stuff as he thinks he is. Obviously. Patently obviously. No wonder he got hurt! Now I just have to shove that conversation into the next chapter, and we can all get on with our lives. (laugh)
I’ll be packing today to get ready to go out to VA and the Festival of the Book this weekend. My panel followed by signing is at 6:00 pm, and there’s a B&N signing the next morning. More at the website!