• DIY (Do It Yourself),  Editing,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Writing Journey

    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Three

    Volume One and Volume Two Other Volumes Linked Below Diary: MONTH THREE Did not do much, I have to say. I did poke at the work-in-progress some, but mostly I wrapped myself in a blanket and binged on Netflix and Hulu. Somewhere in here I got my line edits in the old inbox. In typically me fashion, I skimmed over my notes and thought, “No problem. Piece of cake.” 😂 I’m clearly a comedian in disguise. Of course, now that it’s over, I’m like, “I could do that again.” LOL! Diary: WEEK SEVENTEEN Finished up line edits this week. I would like to declare that I’m going to pace myself…

  • Editing,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Editing Mania

    Dudes…line edits are no joke. I did get used to all the notes after a few chapters, thank goodness, but that hasn’t made them any less overwhelming to look at. That said, I do have a nice pace going, and most importantly, I’m still excited about my story. 😀 Apparently I had a huge em-dash problem going on. I have spaces around all of them, and sometimes I need to replace them with an ellipses or a comma or vice versa. There’s also a lot of axing around my dialogue tags. Of course there is other fun stuff: some comma stuff. Some adding, deleting, and rearranging of sentences, and thinking,…

  • Fun,  NaNoWriMo,  Writing World

    It was a dark and stormy night…

    …Kitty had just turned off her lamp when there came a soft knock on the door downstairs. Frowning, Kitty threw the covers off and paddled down to the front door. She rose up on her tiptoes and peeked through the peep hole. Given that it was dark and stormy outside, she couldn’t see more than a human-shaped shadow on her patio. “It’s nearly midnight,” Kitty whispered to herself. Who could possibly be knocking on her door at midnight. The shadow knocked again, just as softly as the first time. What should I do, Kitty thought. If she stayed silent, the person would never know she was up. Maybe they would…

  • Writing Journey

    Celebrations: Second Draft Complete!

    GAH!! I finished my story over the weekend!! (insert happy dance here) ^_^ In random news, I saw Crimson Peak last week- it is SO crazy and twisted and weird – and the more I think about it, the more I like it. o_O My friend was covering her face at the end. That was hilarious. Definitely not a movie I could watch by myself. I didn’t cover my face, but I did lean back in my seat and hug my arms to my chest. Lol! I really thought I was going to scream, but lucky her, I did not, because I’m known to deafen people when I do. Temporarily. 😉 Anywho, I added…

  • Editing,  Writing World

    Enough is Enough?

    When is enough feedback enough? I’m going to use the Query Letter Hell (QLH) forum on Absolute Write (AW) for my example today. Someone posts a query. It gets critiqued. They revise and post it again. It gets critiqued. They revise and post it again. It gets critiqued. They revise and post it again. It gets critiqued. I’ll stop there, but you can see my point. I’ve seen people (seriously — plural) with over 50 versions of their query in Query Hell. And the sad thing is, not all of these people are terrible at writing queries. Parts of the query will be great and they’ll rewrite the whole thing from…