Shannon Stacey

Blogger-ites and edits

What do they have to do with one another? Nothing. But the tall kid is breathing down my neck for his computer time, so I’m rolling everything up into a ball.

Why do some blogspot blogs allow you input your name and url, and some don’t? When I comment on the “old” style ones, it uses my blogger info automatically, which annoys me because I’m trying to get my old blogspot blog to fall off the Google map. Is it an upgrade one has to do manually? A template thing? Before I nudge a few of my friends who have the automatic/anonymous style, I’d like to be able to suggest how they fix it to the add your name and url style.

And edits suck. No doubt about it. I don’t know if it’s harder for me because I’ve rarely worked with a critique partner, but it’s a struggle. And it’s not an Ann Rice “I’m above edits” thing, it’s an “OMG, I must totally SUCK!” kinda thing. And, as was pointed out to me this morning, they seriously fester if you don’t bang out the changes and punt it back in a hurry. They haunt every thought you have. Remember that little girl in Poltergeist crooning “They’re baaaaa-aaaaaack” in that creepy voice? Well, the edits are crooning “We’re still heeeeeeee-eeeeeere” in the same voice.

Must finish them by tomorrow or I will go insane. In the little mental notebook of things I’m learning about post-sale writerhood, not overthinking the edits and doing them as quickly and efficiently as possible is right up there at the top.

Not being naughty and writing fresh work during the day and handling at edits at night will probably make the list, too.

6 comments to “Blogger-ites and edits”

  1. Anna Lucia
      · June 28th, 2005 at 11:16 am · Link

    not overthinking the edits and doing them as quickly and efficiently as possible is right up there at the top.

    *Nodding so hard her fillings strike sparks*

    And you get to c&p that at me sometime in the future when *I* have proper, grown up edits….

    :cheer: Go Shan!

  2. Jaci
      · June 28th, 2005 at 11:20 am · Link

    Edits are the most horrible thing in the world. At least for me. When I’m done with a book I’m done. The last thing I want to do is see that :censor: thing again. That’s why it’s best to get them over with asap and dump them back into your editor’s hands, so your mind is fresh and you can work on the fun stuff.

    Of course it would help if I wrote perfect the first time. :lmao: at that one.


  3. Mel
      · June 28th, 2005 at 12:10 pm · Link

    :whip: join me in the edit cave, m’dear… I’ll bring the coffee:coffee:

    I’ve gotta slice about 2K words outta this book. Need em? I’ll let you have the low low price of 4.95…. :thumb:

    happy editing. just do it… get it done, atta girl!

  4. Shannon
      · June 29th, 2005 at 8:47 am · Link

    More :coffee: and more :coffee: and more :whip:

  5. Trace
      · June 29th, 2005 at 1:41 pm · Link

    I feel your pain, Shannon. Especially when you’ve worked so long on the thing already.

  6. Shannon
      · June 29th, 2005 at 10:30 pm · Link

    I swear I’m going to find a gun smiley so I can shoot this book and put it out of my misery already.



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