Wednesday 3 December 2014

Editing, Revising and Fattening

Work is still work and I am continuing my efforts to do the best job that I can, and only time will tell how fruitful those efforts become. I will do my best, hold my head up high, and somehow survive, always survive. That is another matter and while I try to push it out of my mind, it is ever present. 

Okay, so when it comes to the book, I have been going back to edit and revise what I have done. I have also been adding scenes so that each chapter is within my target of 9-10 word pages for each chapter. It is not just to make sure that each chapter is the same length or because I am that retentive. 

What it does is allow me to tell the reader something interesting, but not essential to the plot yet somehow related to the theme of that chapter. I get to show you something about Tanea and the characters that you may not have otherwise seen. We shall see how it works out. It is a challenge and one that I am having fun with, even though I scratch my brain on what to write for those few pages. 

Another thought has started to emerge, that is that perhaps each “Part” is in fact a separate novel in this long novel series. I will check tonight to see if they are long enough to stand on their own. Already they do have their own story arch and storywise could stand on their own with each novel picking up where the last left off. We shall see how this develops. Another thing I will always do is write. 

The world was not so cold yesterday and for the last two nights I have slept in my bed and not in my arctic sleeping bag.  It is nice to have the luxury and the furnace did seem to keep things warm enough. I also bought some new dish soap and did my dishes. It is a small sink so it doesn’t take long for them to pile up. That and with only a few dishes I need to do my dishes on a regular basis so I have some to use. 

I am looking forward to tomorrow as the weather starts to warm up and by next week it should be up to above zero, even for the low! Woo Hoo! Maybe I can thaw a few things out, like that blue jug of ice that should be my fresh water supply. Naturally I will not reactivate my plumbing as a Chinook is not spring, it only feels like it.

So the moral for today is that work for today, plan for the future but be mindful of the moment. You cannot change the future or the past, only the now. Dream and plan for the future as you reflect on and learn from the past but work for and be mindful of the now, for the now is all that you have. I do not know what will come, I only know that I will face whatever comes but do my best in the moment. 

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