rflong: (The Scroll Thief)
( May. 6th, 2009 04:04 pm)
Well, the urge to talk like a pirate notwithstanding...

Galleys for The Scroll Thief have just arrived. And just as I started a new WIP for MaNoWriMo. Not sure how I am going to handle this as the galleys have to be back by 1st June. Hmmm... some juggling will be needed, I think. Then roll on 1st December as print date.

That said, apart from tonight, Friday and Saturday evenings I am relatively free as far as I know, so once this weekend is over... I hope I will be able to leap in to it. I hope.

Very exciting though. Will also have to get all my review quotes together as well, such as they are... Er... will have to get some more reviews too. Oh dear. I know I have one, and it was a good one so that's good news anyway.

Actually, that's starting to make me quite nervous now. Oh dearie dear!

So, anyway, off I will shortly go on a hunting typos and suchlike. :)

rflong: (OMG)
( Feb. 18th, 2009 10:21 am)
Sadly I didn't make the Gaiman signing last night - I wimped out due to a combination of the disaster that is Dublin traffic in rush hour (which now appears to start at 4pm) and my innate inability to stay upright and conscious in large crowds. When I found out how busy it was at 4.20 (thanks for the headsup [livejournal.com profile] irishkate - we will meet up on Friday!) I chickened out. I know. Wimp!

Instead we went to Ragazzi in Dalkey, had a most excellent dinner and watched my 4yo daughter flirt with the Italian waiters with frightening efficiency.

It sounds like everyone had a ball in Chapters though and I am still slightly jealous.

After dinner we went home and I did ALL the edits for Soul Fire because we thought the digital box was on the fritz again. After a long and fairly agonising phonecall of complaint that went absolutely NOWHERE (yeah, surprise, right?) we gave up. (And found out this morning that a cable had been knocked out of the back of the box. Ahem. Anyway, moving on...)

I worked, [livejournal.com profile] ewh sorted papers and then, to my surprise, I was FINISHED! So I sent it back to the wonder-editor!

It was back to me this morning for FLEs and apparently my new name is Speedy Gonzales!  So I will get on to the FLEs this evening. Did have great fun with a pronunciation guide though, and the need to point out that when pronouncing Irish names it depends where you come from so Ulster Irish and Munster Irish can sound like different languages (well, almost) and I only speak School Irish. And not for almost twenty years at that).

I also found one of the best Wolf pictures EVER!

funny pictures of cats with captions
Becuase we all need a wolf every now and then for backup.

rflong: (The Scroll Thief)
( Jan. 24th, 2009 08:13 pm)
This week so far I have edited

a short story and shined it up like a shiny thing

checked a fine line edit on a novella and passed it back - all is well.

and I'm now editing Soul Fire (formerly known as To Regain Heaven). These are first round edits, always fun, so as well as all the grammatical bits I'm into "should the name change", "should this be capitalised" and "What does this mean?"

I might sound like I'm moaning (I'm sleepy, cold, cranky and possibly coming down with something) but I'm not really. I love this part. Absolutely adore it. Because this, to me, is the time when the bare stone of the story starts to get that final finish. This ia part of my writing as a sculpture analogy - where the first (and even second or third) draft is the roughing out, and this part is the details, the sanding, the polish, the finishing of the piece.

Now I love the first part, the creation of the story itself, but now, with a wonderful editor's help, the rough shape becomes much more and begins to shine.

There are a number of other stages to come, other rounds of editing (I think we ended up doing 5 on The Scroll Thief in the end), but this time, the first time, is so much fun!!!
I'm doing some final edits for The Scroll Thief at the mo'. Well, not actually at the mo' you understand, but in general. These came about because my editor suggested to the Executive editor that she read the book, and editors being editors...

Not that I mind. The amusing part really is that a section which was taken out, then put back in, has now been taken out again. It's one of "those". So now its gone, or at least mostly gone as parts of it have been spread over other parts of the book. But it's mostly gone. I seem to have an obsession with the word "Then" which I never noticed before, so the "Then" have also been expunged. I'm almost done. I hope. Until next time.... no, seriously. I'm almost done!

Then I have the sequel to The Wolf's Sister to do - The Wolf's Mate. I actually have a chunk of this written so hopefully it won't take too long. This is not my problem.

Oh no. The problem IS that [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h  told me about a dream he had the other night and then the plot bunnies got to work and I now have the makings of a space opera/dystopian SF epic* running around my head. Where I honestly don't want it to be right at this moment in time. Last time this happened (as you may recall) my alter-ego had to write a 90k novel in about 6 weeks. It's not on, I'm telling you! I can't do it now. I have other things to finish! And I may just die of exhaustion.

Out, out damn plot bunnies.

Good God, first its Spanish vampires, then its demons angels and psychics, and now it's resistence movements, underground railroads and totalitarian dictatorships! And wiped memories, resistence leaders, undercover operatives, lost lovers, love triangles, drug related counter intelligence, even perky teenagers....

Help me, help me!

Plotbunnies are BAD.


*Even more amusing in that apart from the "epic" bit, I DONT WRITE THESE SORT OF STORIES....

Well, here goes. If I vanish off the face of the earth (at least in the evenings) for a while, I'm stuck into The Scroll Thief. The edits don't look too awful, which is wonderful, so fingers crossed I am reading this correctly and they aren't.


I like this part of the process. I thought I would hate it but its actually really exciting. It's the final polishing (okay, the third last really as there is usually 2nd round and then fine line edits as well) which makes the sculpture complete. I had such a ball doing these for The Wolf's Sister and this looks to be similar so far.

Now I can only hope that by saying this I'm not jinxing it.


In other news:

I wrote a snotty email to Tesco Ireland this morning because our local shop no longer carries Maple Syrup in stock and seems to think that Maple flavoured Golden Syrup (can I hear a YUK?!) is an acceptable alternative.

Can I just say again: Maple flavoured Golden Syrup????????


rflong: (Maggie Cheung Hero)
( Sep. 6th, 2008 09:19 pm)
Things you don't expect. Not a problem, not something that bothers me becuase I've said before I don't have a problem changing things in order to make them better, and I don't have a problem with listening to people who know how to make things better.

So when my editor asked for a title change on The Penitent it shouldn't really have taken me three days to come to terms with it, should it?

Of course, first we had to work out what that new title should be, and how it would effect the blurb (which also had to be simplified) and also the series title.

This took rather more time than expected. I think part of the problem is that when you have worked on a book, or even read a book in a detailed way, you start to have problems seeing it from the outside. Case in point: the previous blurb which my editor and I agreed upon was found to be too complex so had to be re-written.

So anyway, having struggled our way through this, we have finally reached a conclusion. So without further ado I present, instead of The Penitent: a Tale of the Holtlands....

The Scroll Thief: a Tale of Ithian.

Now I just have to edit the thing.
rflong: (Joy)
( Jul. 15th, 2008 09:37 pm)
I think I've just finished the final edits on The Wolf's Sister!!!!!!

*dance of joy**dance of joy**dance of joy*

It has been such a wonderful experience. So very exciting so see the story adapt with the help of a really fantastic editor. I loved the story before.

I ADORE it now! :D

Can't wait until November.
rflong: (Maggie Cheung Hero)
( Jul. 13th, 2008 10:50 am)
Well, actually the round 2 edits on The Wolf's Sister have already gone back which is cool and really really scary. There wasn't very much the second time around. A couple of things we'd missed and one or two caused by the first round edits. But I got the whole lot done in one sitting which stunned me.

So now I'm at a bit of a loss. I have things to do but I'm a bit bewildered and not quite sure which to plunge into next.

I did write a little of The Wolf's Mate last night though. That's something.

And I have two crits to finish today. Um-hummmm.... better make that a priority this evening! :D

Think we're going to the National Garden Exhibition Centre later on. It would be nice to get out for a walk too. But now the laundry needs to be put away.

ah, the glamour!
rflong: (Joy)
( Jun. 25th, 2008 10:02 pm)
I just sent back  the first round of edits for The Wolf's Sister to my editor at Samhain.

It feels very very weird!

Good, but weird!
Edits are time consuming! And absorbing. I had no idea of the time!

I finished The Penitent last night. With a new prologue and everything. This morning the edits for The Wolf's Sister arrived and also threw some light on the edits I thought I had finished for The Penitent. So it turns out I'm not. But priority to the contracted story.

I'm going to be doing the edits for The Wolf's Sister most evenings this week. So I may be rather quiet.

That said, I may need distracting as well. We'll have to see! :D I'm off on Thursday and Friday with my son*. Things could be hectic as next week I am going to Malta for a conference and I need to get things read for that both at work and home.

And have the The Wolf's Sister edits completed. So....

Back to work, Long...

*Speaking of son, another classic: While playing pirates with his little sister today, she gave him a piece of chocolate and he replied "Thank you. Now hold still while I shoot you."
So, I have been working on the requested rewrite of The Penitent pretty much entirely since I got it. I am, according to my wordcounter 67% through it at page 180 of 268 (this is not in double spaced courier 12 point so don't fret the page count). The novel is inadvertantly getting longer, but as I am meant to be clarifying some thins and getting deeper into POV that's probably good.

Speaking of "getting deeper into POV" anyone got a magic wand for that? It's coming. I think. But then I tend to worry that I thought that the last time so around maybe I'm not getting there this time either?

We've a full week at work. There's a kind of conference on here. I put together an exhibition this morning of one book from each century from the library collection, of which I am very proud. The books date from 1499-2007 and it looks wonderful. I also focused on the bindings when writing them up as they are very interesting - morroccan, alum tawed (pigskin), vellum, wood etc. Its amazing how plain and unadorned they are up to the 1600s. Then all hell breaks loose. The one from 1617 looks ike someone went mad with an embossing tool!

So while my head is stuck in the world of The Penitent, my body is dealing with rare books and the many visitors who arrive in the breaks between meetings.

To quote my favourite Dylan (the rabbit) "It's, like, exhausting man."g

Oh and I queried another agent. So far its very quiet.
rflong: (Clock)
( Apr. 27th, 2008 11:14 pm)
I've finished the final edit on To Regain Heaven. I have it out with a couple of readers so I will wait to hear from them. Then I'll reprint (God help the environment). I still have to get the 1-2 page synopsis sorted.

Hate them.

But anyways... maybe not tomorrow morning. Tuesday or Wednesday.

Hopefully tomorrow I can tell you all my other news. It's killing me...
rflong: (Dogmatix)
( Apr. 25th, 2008 10:06 am)
 On printing up the novel and going through it "one last time" to look for typos, grammatical mistakes and mis-used words:

It's better to find them now rather than a week after I have sent it off.
It's better to find them now rather than a week after I have sent it off.
It's better to find them now rather than a week after I have sent it off.
It's better to find them now rather than a week after I have sent it off.
It's better to find them now rather than a week after I have sent it off.
It's better to find them now rather than a week after I have sent it off.
It's better to find them now rather than a week after I have sent it off.
It's better to find them now rather than a week after I have sent it off.

It's going to be a stressful (long) weekend...

rflong: (Dogmatix)
( Apr. 4th, 2008 10:29 am)
I forgot that I was using actual computer word count.

Yup. I iz being prufeshunal writir!

Ignore all previous whining about the length of the novel. All is well.

(Although I may still expand a bit. It's just under 74k)

I really should think about what I am doing once in a while in terms of the REAL WORLD.
rflong: (Clock)
( Apr. 3rd, 2008 09:17 pm)
I've finished the first pass edit - 62,576 words. So I need to add a hell of a lot more which is a bit disappointing. But at least I have something to work with. I've put out a call for beta readers to see what I can do with it. I'll probably still fiddle with it over the next couple of days but I think I could do with a bit of a rest right now.

EWH is reading over my shoulder! We're meant to be watching In the Shadow of the Moon . Nice to be able to type without looking at the keys. We have just realised we have only four degress of Kevin Bacon which is most exciting. Seriously though, if you haven't seen this film, get it. It's wonderful.
rflong: (Plotbunny)
( Apr. 3rd, 2008 10:36 am)
I had said I would finish last night no matter what. I only had two chapters left so what could go wrong? Last night was it. No matter what...

No matter what, except for going back to add a fairly vital scene to Chapter 15 which I suddenly realised wasn't there, but is referenced in Chapter 19. Oops.

And changing the fish tank water. Fish don't like that. Giant mutant goldfish like it least of all and delighted in flicking water EVERYWHERE while they were being moved to safety.

I got Chapter 19 done, but not 20. I tried to start it but I was too sleepy so it wasn't a good time to deal with that.

So 19 went like this: added 809 words, and with the additions to Chapter 15, the total is now 61,637. I'm still 8363 words short in total. I've 7 pages still to go.

Best typo: "Tim grows short," said the King.

Poor Tim.

I also got a bit distracted by this.



I wonder when it comes out here.
rflong: (Meeting on the Turret Square)
( Apr. 2nd, 2008 09:36 am)
Two and a half chapters done, two to go.
To Regain Heaven now stands at 60,654 which leaves me still 9346 short of my target. I edited two chapters last night, 17 and 18, adding 657 and 488 words respectively. I also finished off 16, adding a total of 956 words over the last couple of days.

I should explain that when writing the first draft (long hand) I left lots of scenes very loose, with place holders for expansion. When Typing the thing into the laptop, I didn't do a whole load of that (although I did some). So now I have to do the rest. Then I'm going to print the whole thing out. Half is already in the hands of EWH. When he is done with it, I will sit down with a red pen. Then comes layering and foreshadowing, also known as R tries to pull it all together and make it cohesive!

I only have two chapters left. I'm right up to the final confrontation. Feels weird.

Actually what probably makes the weirdness happen is that I am off to a funeral in about half and hour and that usually does it.

In house news, we almost have shelves. Or we have almost shelves. (They're together, they're up, there's only one shelf in them, they aren't fixed to the wall yet so we can't use them = almost shelves). Since we moved house nearly two years ago and all (ALL) my books have been in boxes since then, this is a very big thing. (alright, not all, I am a librarian, books gravitate towards me and they hate nothing more than being boxed.)

(btw, if any new friends want to say hello, that would be cool!  :D)
rflong: (Dogmatix)
( Apr. 1st, 2008 09:17 pm)
From today's editing, my favorite typo:

One of the Slaugh lunched itself at her

I wonder if it was a packed lunch?
rflong: (Sive)
( Apr. 1st, 2008 10:24 am)
I did nothing last night.

Nothing constructive in terms of my writing anyway. I did an edit for one friend, failed to do the crit for the other (sorry Dude! Tonight, I promise!) and mucked about with word counts, excel spreadsheets, forums and LJ. Mainly LJ.

To Regain Heaven now stands at 59,209 words. I'm about half way through Chapter 16, but I mucked about with 15 a bit more as well over the weekend. I've added 10,466 words. This leaves 10,791 to go. Just about half way there in total then. Unfortunately, I've only 4 and a half Chapters left. *sigh*

I have a feeling I will be going through this again soon. As a paranormal romance it doesn't have to enormous, and it is probably better if it is not, but it would be nice to at least make 70k with it. One day.

On the plus side, I did some work on my urban fantasy, Moy Tura Echoes, and wrote another 6 or so pages in bed (longhand, so no word count) in which bad things happen to good people. Seems to be the theme of this novel. Maeve's back. She's very busy at the moment.

I'll ask you this though, if a group of immortals wanted to live in a city and interact with the citizens it would be handy if most people couldn't see them as they actually appeared, wouldn't it? Portraits, photos etc, would look like someone else so they wouldn't actually leave a trace in history. It isn't conscious on their part. It's more of the human "can't stare too long at the sun" thing again. That would work, wouldn't it? Huh?

Someone give me some confirmation that I am not going bonkers!

See, I'm also thinking that they could take part in historical events without being remembered - people who act as aspects of different god figures - war leaders, peace makers, muses etc.


God this novel does my head in.

I have to crit tonight and then do more editing. Mulling over the plot intricacies for Moy Tura will happen whether I like it or not.

The library is fine. Sends its love. I have a big pile of books waiting for cataloguing, so better go.
Writing: To Regain Heaven now stands at 57,037 which is still short by at least 12,963. This means that so far I have expanded by 8,294 which is pretty good. I've done up to Chapter 14, which means I still have 6 chapters to go.

What all this gibberish means is that the odds are I am still going to be short by the time I finish the first edit. *grrrr*

On the other hand I am stunned by my capacity to expand, although not overly surprised. The problem usually lies in tightening up. The change I have really noticed between writing this novel and the last one is that I spent a fairly long time writing short fiction and flashes rather than novel/novella length work. A learning experience in so many ways.

Lesson one: I am not a short fiction writer.
Lesson two: I can now write much more tightly, and sometime too tightly.

Reading: I picked up Nora Robert's Circle Trilogy and started reading Morrigan's Cross yesterday. I'm loving it. Very entertaining, interesting characters and of course fascinating subject matter for me! I am reading the first book in the Spiderwick Chronicals to my son. Wonderful stuff.

Research: Some fantastic stuff on Loughcrew came my way via a wonderful friend, including time delayed film of the latest Equinox event here. There are some wonderful photos too. I'm planning on using the cairn here in Moy Tura Echoes for a scene where the Tuatha go on the offensive and are robbed of their powers. According to my friend, she found it an atmostpheric, sinister place, a perfect haunt for Maeve.

Guilty pleasures: It's a toss up between watching Most Haunted Live in Turin (!) tonight, my lovely glass of Baywood cab sav on the coffee table, or the alluring call of the Terry's Mint Chocolate Orange in the treat drawer. Such a selection this evening!

Guilty confessions: I haven't subbed anything in AGES! and its much easier to write a blog entry this way.

Two days to P-Con. I'd better push on with the editing this evening and leave La Nora for bedtime (which might not be too far away)


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