About a month and a half back we celebrated the release of Blood Work with a contest for a pair of those Penelope boots that Ivy wore on the cover of Blood Work. I’m happy to say that they were won by Regina M. Congratulations again, Regina! You wear them well. :-)
And thank you everyone who entered. It was a lot of fun. I do believe that Blood Work is still lurking about on the NY Times list. -grin- Thank you all again for that. It’s been a lot of fun, and the next graphic novel is almost ready to go. :-)
But she who rests on her laurels gets funny marks on her back, and I’m busy with my rewrite of book 11, working a bit more Trent in there and removing the traces of the guy I took out in book ten. I always say that I like the part of the writing process that I’m in the best, but I really think that I like this stage the most, where I have a product but my editor hasn’t seen it yet, and I’m re-assessing the changes that happened in the previous book and thinking heavily about where I want to go in the book yet to be written, sitting pretty in the middle with the time and inclination to blow it all to hell and put it back together again in a way that works better than my first ugly scratchings. (Dude, I think that was the longest sentence I’ve ever written.) Having the time to play with options makes it a lot more fun.
Monday I read over the first half, which is where most of the freedom is to change things without breaking the original story, seeing what I could easily change to get the result I wanted. Found out it won’t be easy at all and might involve some shifting of characters. (which would be very cool in about three different ways!) Made a few notes. Thought about it all night.
Tuesday, deleted most of my notes and wrote new ones when I said good-bye to a few things I really wanted to do but were not feasible. Started making new notes on the chapter pages of what to change and what the effect would be to see if it would hold up better down the line. It’s a bad case of eating my cake and wanting it too. If I can simplify things, that would be great, too. Thought about it all night and ran a few things by Guy for plausibility.
Wednesday I did a quick run through of proposed changes in my mind and talked to Guy, more to get things settled in my mind than really asking his opinion. Broke into chapter one and started the shift. I’m not settled in everything, but I can get a few things going before I have to make a big, final decision.
Today I plan on going lightly over chapter one again to make it sensory-tight and grounded, and probably get through chapter two and maybe three. Three is where the decisions I’m making are going to get sticky and impact everything else.
Music in my office has shifted, as well. More energy, darker, more variety of sounds, lyrics. It won’t last, but while it does, I’m going to enjoy it. It probably has something to do with the stage of writing I’m at, but it also could be that I’m getting itchy for the house to become still and mine again. There’s a stillness that only comes when school is back in session, an aloneness inside the house and out in the yard that frees the imagination another degree. Making it wide open.
Timing is everything.