Retreats are amazing for getting stuff done, but there always seems to be a digging out when I come home. Sigh. Today: catching up on emails and volunteer work. Did get a grant application finished and mailed in before the deadline this week for When Words Collide–have another one due in two weeks, then grant writing season is over for this year!
Retreat at the Rainforest is, as always, awesome. Took the critiques from my beta readers, organized the comments and rephrased them into positive scenes, determined where in the novel they go, and copied the notes above each appropriate chapter. Have re-written the prologue, mined old chapters out of previous versions and inserted them, interwoven two stories and edited chapter one. Nothing like a few days with nothing to focus on but the novel.
Finished revisions on “Alexandre” at my writers’ retreat this weekend, and it is submitted to my critique group. Very happy! Tomorrow: off to my OTHER writers’ retreat, where I plan to revise the other novel, based on critiques I got from three great pre-readers. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Rainforest!
Just finished revising chapter 22 out of 31 chapters. It’s going very smoothly. Hope to have it to my critique group very soon! Excited!
Also, the library’s writers’ workshop last weekend was great. I attended an excellent seminar on writing humour, and touched base with several writers’ groups and old friends. A good time was had by all!
Jan 31 2014
My course on writing speculative fiction began at the Alexandra Centre on Tuesday and will run for 10 weeks. I have 7 students and am very excited to be working with them. Our first stories for critique are already submitted!
Thanks to excellent friends and awesome writers, I got a fantastic critique of a novel that was rejected for submission (with an offer from the editor to look at it again). What I needed was another take on the 3 paragraph critique the editor sent me to clarify with fresh eyes the things she wanted me to change. Of course, I was also pleased to get fresh insights from my critiquers, as well. The result was a very clear and manageable set of suggestions that have completely energized me! Thanks to great writers and great friends!
I was wondering how to incorporate the back story into my novel, and this morning at 5:00 AM I woke up with the idea in my head and came downstairs and wrote it down. I’m not doing it in exactly the way I first thought of it, but I have a variation I think will work. Feels good! Also, this week I got asked to teach 3 more courses at the Alexandra Centre. One is new to me, but the other two I’ve done before. Looking forward to them!
Very much enjoy revising my novel. I know I have a ton of work to do, but it is always so rewarding because the work gets better!
Heather helped me get into my website from my iPhone. Yay!
I got a new iphone and I seem to be learning how to use it fairly easily. I did need help with a couple of things, but both seem to be working themselves out. Hopefully, it will allow me to do a bunch of things I would normally do on my computer when I am away from my computer. That would be nice!