Thursday, February 9, 2023

Translating Scribbles

Outside the windows, this strange winter continues.  Last week the temperature was -25C and it was snowing; this week, it's 5C and raining.  Next week: who knows?

The new trilogy continues moving toward the finish line.  I created a new draft at the end of December, and spent most of January doing an editing pass on it.  The first part of the editing pass -- now done -- involves sitting down with a printed-out version of the draft and a red pen, and ends when all the pages are covered in scribbled edits.

The second stage of an editing pass -- where I am now -- involves going through the mess I made and translating my scribbles into changes in Scrivener, my word processing software.  Select, cut, copy, paste, type new text, and repeat a few thousand times.  It's not the most fun part of the process, but it's not that bad.

Bit by bit, the parts of the new trilogy are coming together.  Hopefully it won't be much longer than another month or two.  As always, I think 'good' is better than 'fast', so if my totally-arbitrary schedule slips a bit, then that's just how it goes.

In the meantime, everyone stay warm and dry.  If possible, try doing what bears do: eat a lot of good food, then nap for a few months.  It won't solve all your problems, but when you wake up at least you'll have different problems.

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