Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day

Okay, I named my post that, but it has little to do with the greeting card day. I'm sure a lot of people are having romantic times with their loved ones, but today that's not me. It's cold and windy outside so I have no desire to go anywhere, even if we could agree on a restaurant. Instead, I am editing my story, which is a romantic pastime if you consider writing to be my first love. What better way to pass a day than to spend it with a manuscript?

Okay, I'm being facetious. I've made a lot of progress, though, and I'm feeling rather pleased with myself. First my story was over 150,000 words (OUCH) and I whittled away some subplot and made it 127,500 words. Then I edited it some more and got it down to 125,000 (give or take. okay, give) words and was feeling mighty proud. Now, thanks to frequenting a blog, I learned additional methods of editing so now I'm down to 123,000 words. Go me. I've shaved 27,000 words off my story.

Granted, I'm OCD, so no matter how many times I see 'a manuscript must be complete' I know I don't qualify for the simple reason that it won't ever be perfect enough for me. It's shiny and error-free (I'm fairly certain) and reads well, but I'm going to nitpick it every day. Even if I manage to get published, I'll still open the book and go 'man, I wish I could change that.'

Anyhoo, I hope you are all having a faboo day. Me, I'm gonna go find a blanket and bundle up.


Shelley Sly said...

Hey Christi, I hope you enjoy time today with your first love. :) I've spent the day writing instead of going out, so that makes two of us.
I'm OCD too -- and about more than just my writing -- so my manuscripts never seem finished, even when I'm querying. So I understand how you feel.

Terry Towery said...

I should have written today. But I was too damned tired. And the kid is sick. Sigh.

Your blog is becoming one of my favorites on the Internet. I love how you use words. I only wish I had your talent.

Oh, and I gave you a Love Link thingy on my blog. You deserve it.

Nick said...

I wrote, but I'se burned out now. Not even just the usual, the mojo for today is gone and I'll get more done tomorrow when the inspiration strikes again, burned out. I'm burned out burned out. Need some time off I think. That's the nice thing about writing. I can take as much vacation time as I please.

And I agree with Terry, your blog is quite good. Mine is...ugh. Which pretty much reflects my state of mind when I type up all of my posts. But if your book is anything like your blog, I'm sure it's quite good. Keep on workin with the Shark and I'm sure you'll be published some day. And even if not, there's always this fat man in your corner.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Actually, it sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day, Christi. Enjoy your evening! :-)

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