This morning I picked up my notebook for Taming Eliza Jane, and now I’m waiting for the lineman to throw the switch so I can get back on that track. I kept having to jump back to the action-adventure track for On the Edge edits. Thankfully, the edits for OtE are almost put to bed, or I’d start fearing losing my caboose.
With one being a shorter action-adventure romance and one being a longer funny historical western, it’s a pretty jarring shift from one track to the other. OtE is tight, with a fast pace, lots of abrupt dialogue. A lot of sentence fragments. TEJ has a more relaxed pace and the sentences have a longer, more fluid rhythm to them.
Stay tuned for Editing Process Episode I: The Comma Wars.
Anyway, I guess it’s time to change out the music in the mp3 player again and kick that lineman in the ass. Usually I end up writing about a page that’s pretty flat before the voice kicks in. Then I have to go back to that first page and rewrite it.
So that’s what I’m up to. Well, that and errands—including buying the LEGO Star Wars game for PS2. My kids have the one that does the three new movies, but now they make one for the original trilogy. And you can put Groucho disguises on the all the characters (including the ships!)—how fun is that?
It takes me a page to get into things too. 90 percent of the time I start with my handy dandy notebook, write a few paragraphs to get kick started and then I transfer to the laptop.