Why?

Why did I pick such a twisted subject, or time period, to write about?  Every time I access something on the web I find that there’s more behind the machinations of the people during this particular time period than is humanly possible.

I could be researching this subject for years and still not find everything there is to know about it.

So I ask once again, why?

Am I just a glutton for punishment?

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update and changes…

Okay, I suspect you’re wondering who in the world is this that I’ve received a blog entry from?  Well, you chose to follow me as Brenda Sackville.  Sadly enough, that was a nom d’plum, or a pseudonym.  I’ve decided to go with my actual name, which is what you see.

I’ve still been working on my manuscript and querying.  *sigh*

update and such

Okay, so I’m still doing the first revision (where I’ll fix all the obvious stuff that I missed the first time around).  I’ve also started looking at where I could go shopping what I’ve done.  I might look at the big five, but I’m not that sure about it.  I’ve heard horror stories which makes me a bit leery with them.

Right now those big five book publishers are:

  • Hachette Book Group
  • HarperCollins
  • MacMillian Publishers
  • Penguin Random House (used to be separate before they merged)
  • Simon and Schuster

Not to mention the genre publishing houses such as Tor (for science fiction) Holman Publishers (Christian literature along with Bibles), and Taylor (publishes school yearbooks).

Then there’s all the small publishers that are more open to taking a first book from a writer, which is what I’ve been thinking about.  Self publishing is good, but I’m also of the mind to see if I can go it the traditional route.  If it ends up being a small press, then why am I to complain?

 

revision:  31,169 of 100,000ish

another update

I’ve thought about adding a widget showing my progress, but I wasn’t sure how to do that.  I guess I’ll have to do it the old fashion way (what I did last time).

I’m sitting here on my couch and trying to edit.  Next to the back door, my cat is snoozing happily (I can’t say in the sun because it’s cloudy today).  My 32 inch TV is off.  Well most of the time it’s off.  The only time I’m watching is when the news is on.  What’s surprising is that I turned the radio off and have pandora playing barely at hearing level.

At least I’m a quarter the way through the edits.  Writing is easy, editing is a bear.  😦

 

 

words edited: 24,882

Rain, rain go away…not!

Two lovely things happened today.  I think I mentioned this before.  If not then I probably should have.  I finished my rough draft.  All 443 pages and around 93K words.

Today I went out and had the manuscript printed out.IMG_0893  It’s about an inch thick.  For a long time I’ve always worked with computer files.  This is the first time I’ve gone out and plopped down money to print something I’ve written.  It actually makes it real.

Now comes the hard part, all those revisions and stuff.  I know it’s crappy, so this is the time I get to see just how bad it really is so I can fix it.

The other lovely thing that happened, or is happening right now is that there’s clear wet stuff falling from the skies.  I’m like “what is this?”  See, where I live we should have over 5 1/2 inches of rain since the beginning of the year.  Until today we’ve had maybe 0.8 inches.  Yeah, it’s bad.

I luv the sound of rain hitting the windows.  It’s just a lovely white noise.  I hope I get to hear more of it as the days pass.

Now that I think back, I probably did post about finishing my rough draft.  I guess I don’t remember because I slept since then.  😉

I’m finished!

Yes, I’m finished with my rough draft.  Isn’t that nice?  Or actually, isn’t that a piece of crap?  My sister calls it her vomit version (which isn’t that far from the truth.)celebration

Now that it’s finished, I’ve put it off to the side and it will remain like that until March.  I want to give it a rest until I actually look at it once again to see just how bad it really is.

Right now the word count is a little over 92K words.  No telling how much bigger it’ll get once I start doing the grand re-write.

blows off the dust

It’s been a while since I was last here.  Sorry everyone!  Lots of stuff going on.  I went on a cruise vacation the last week in October.  I had never been to Florida before, so I thought it was kinda neat sailing out of Miami.  

leaving Miami
leaving Miami

Remember this, if you choose to go on a cruise the last week in October prepare for the Halloween costume party.  It gets crazy, then again it might have been like that because the cruise line I chose was Carnival.Superman!

 

I digress, though the pictures do look fun, don’t they?

The other thing I’m having to deal with now is that I’m having to pack and move again.  Since I’ve been out on my own I’ve been living in apartments.  I’m also paying off my student loans.  I have about three years left to go before that’s finished (I thought it was two, but I miscalculated).  Think of it, I haven’t missed a single payment.  Once it’s paid off, along with my car at about the same time it’ll be like having an extra week’s pay (won’t that be nice?)  Anywho, I gotta move again because the complex I moved to last year is hiking my rent majorly.

I do have a new place, but nothing’s official yet.  It’ll be good once I get it and then move into the apartment.  Because of me packing and such the muses have quieted down a bit.  Though recently they started knocking on the door once again.  I’m about half finished with my story (if 50K words is half), which means I’ll be on the downhill slope for the rest of the plot.

How are y’all doing on your stories?  Let me know!