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Late update

Back in February, I posted that I had a goal to edit 60 pages of my novel by the end of the month. Seeing as it’s now late March, I thought I should update my readers about said goal. Alas, I did not get 60 pages edited. It was more like 10. I hang my head in shame, but not for so long as to deter me from continuing on. Editing has been the longest part of this process (I’m talking years here) and while I’m editing, I’m coming up with more and more ideas. I did take a good step toward checking continuity by creating a chart with each character’s first and last name, her main story, and other stories she shows up in. This has already helped tremendously as I noticed I’d given one character three different last names! Oops!

I also decided to write an epilogue. For those new to the blog, I should explain a little about my book. It’s called About Last Weekend and it takes place over a weekend. Each “chapter” is a story with one main character. Other characters from other stories come and go so each story is connected with one or more other stories. Some stories take place on Friday night, others Saturday, some Sunday, and a select few over all three days. The epilogue will take place on Monday morning and the characters who survived the weekend will make an appearance. So far, I’ve written a page and a half of the epilogue but more ideas are coursing through my brain!

As always, I’ve been trolling book websites, including my favorite, GoodReads. Publishers list giveaways of ARCs (and some final copies of books) there so that any member can enter into a drawing to get a copy. I have to do a little more research, but I think I might be able to list my own giveaway there, perhaps to entice people to read my book and review it. I will post about this when the time draws nearer.

Now that we’re officially in Spring, I will set another editing goal: edit 3 stories and write 5 pages of the epilogue by April 30th. (This one isn’t nearly as lofty as the first goal but when I say “edit”, I still mean fleshing out scenes and characters.)

Finally, I cannot end this post without thanking my dear, loyal, PATIENT friend Mike. He is the one who gifted me the publishing package 4 years ago. I will finish this novel, Mike! I promise!

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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in About me, Literature

 

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Quick read

The Last Girlfriend on EarthI just finished a short story collection titled The Last Girlfriend on Earth and Other Love Stories by Simon Rich. It was a quick read; 24 hours didn’t even pass between the time I picked it up and the time I put it down. The stories were quirky and most were hilarious. The first one got me right laughing out loud on the airplane while I was sandwiched in between two older men. Once you figure out who the narrator is for that one, you won’t stop laughing (I’m not going to spoil it for you here). The next few stories that followed were okay, but the ones that got me were a little further in. There’s one where Seth meets his ex’s new boyfriend, Adolf Hitler, one where God’s girlfriend demands attention while he’s trying to create the universe on schedule, and one where a priest is asked to exorcise the ghost of an ex-girlfriend from an apartment, just to name a few. There are 31 stories in all, most of them funny, though one of them was sad (thankfully the collection didn’t end on this story or my feelings might have turned out differently). It’s difficult to put into words exactly why this collection was so good; I think the best thing I can say about it is that Rich has a way of thinking of situations, turning them on their heads, and making the best out of said situation. This collection is a must-read for anyone who’s ever been in a relationship.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Literature

 

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