First up - I appear to have picked up 4 new followers, as well as a few new readers, in the last week. Welcome, one and all. Lotsa love, and I hope you enjoy my posts. :-)
So, lemme see...
Today is the last day of NaNo. In the last 30 days I've written about 5,000 new words. Methinks that's a "fail." Still, I did manage to edit a 36k novella (twice), and read through, then begin marking up my sci-fi novella, so the month wasn't entirely wasted. Just, y'know... mostly.
Speaking of the sci-fi (I have to call it that, as it currently has no title), my read through confirmed a few problems.
- It's sparse. Very sparse (yes, I like redundancies. Redundancies, I like). There's almost no description whatsoever, and while I don't like going overboard, there needs to be quite a bit more than there is.
- There are too many characters. Probably (I also like sentence fragments). I have already mentioned this in a previous post, but I have a cat and a secondary character who don't serve any purpose, barring a smidge of comic relief (not enough to keep them). I can either delete them, or beef up their roles. Though beefing up the role of the cat would be a bugger, for obvious reasons.
- It's too light in tone at the beginning, when compared to the tone of the end. Which leads me to...
- The ending is shaky, at best. The idea works, but it could be better executed.
So there ya have it. It's short, sparse, sketchy and kinda shite in places (I also like alliteration). Despite this, I lurve it, and am looking forward to getting started on the edits.
Speaking of which, good GOD am I nervous about getting my Reaper's Tale revisions/suggested edits/whatever-you-call-it back from my editor (Hi, Cyn!). Don't get me wrong, I have no Golden Word Syndrome that I'm aware of, but still, I'm new to criticism of my work. Fingers crossed, and all that.
So, enough about me, I want to hear something about you (yes, you). What's your favourite song, and why? Post yer answer in my comments! ;-)
Ta ta for now,
Note - I did originally post that I would be working on Plane Walker (my WIP) while waiting for my edits to come back. That didn't pan out. Besides, I may as well get some editing practise in on my sci-fi while I have chance. It's bound to help with the edit of A Reaper's Tale.