Editing, editing, writing, editing, writing. That’s what’s currently going on in the world of my creative endeavors. I’m editing both Hailiorea and Hailiorea Revolt while working on the first draft of Hailiorea Clearing. Thanks to my wife, Dana (you should check her blog at http://supernannywhereareyou.blogspot.com/ ), going over a print out of the first book, I have an extra set of eyes checking, page by page, for errors. So far, so good. Not too many red marks, just a few typos every now and then. She’s going over the 110,000 words on Hailiorea while I take one more run through the 115,000 words in Revolt. Once I’m done, I’ll hand the second book over to my beloved. WORK, SLAVE!!!
From there, I’ll go through and note any red marks for changes and then they should both be good to go. My plan is for Hailiorea to be all revised and ready, in both paperback and E-book format in the next couple weeks. Revolt, by early December. Clearing should be done by the end of January if I can keep at the current pace and my editor, see previous mention of Dana, is able to go through it. Hmm, the end of January… sounds a little bold but what the hell. Perhaps by putting this down in my blog, I’ll create a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I’m eager to get these done. While it’s been fun (I wouldn’t write these if they weren’t so) I’m ready to move on to other ideas. 350,000 over 3 books, all first person, centered around one person can be a bit much. Not for the reader. No, my writing reads fast. You’ll see if you haven’t already. But writing, thinking, dreaming, writing, editing, editing, editing, writing, editing – all in the mind of one character is quite an experience.
I’ll continue to update on the Hailiorea progress in future blogs.
In other news, I’ve been with my current employer for 10 years. Corporate sent me an email with a selection of 34 items from which I can choose one as a gift. There are some pretty fancy ones in there but I’m leaning between a home theater sound system (RCA) with DVD player or an iLuv portable speaker with Bluetooth. Other items include Oakley sunglasses, nifty looking watches, some jewelry which my editor might enjoy, a spiffy new globe, a telescope, a portable grill, a Broil King Smoker, luggage and so on. We’ll see. I keep meaning to get Dana to take a look to help decide but after working, racing home, getting changed, cleaning up, feeding the dog, feeding the kids, feeding my face and cleaning the kitchen the whole 10 year gift thing slips from my mind. Ah well, tonight!