Tuesday, June 21, 2011

And back it goes!

I've finished my first-round edits, managed to finally get them compiled and exported from Scrivener into Word, fixed all the wonky formatting that resulted because I don't know how to use Scrivener quite properly, and now I will punt it back to my editor to see if it's "better enough" yet. :)

Following his advice I cut 3000 words from what I already considered a lean novel and the results were magical. I reread it this morning, straight through, and got the chills more than once.  I'm stunned I wrote it, to be honest.  I'm sure I haven't yet reached the end of my edits and may have some more major ones to take on if I didn't accomplish what I needed to with the more subtle fixes.  We shall see.  But it feels great to get it back out there and see what comes next.

In the meantime I will get back to my New Mexico book, post about the next leg of my journey with Heather in pictures here, and most of all enjoy this lovely summer with my boys!

This one turns 3 on Friday:

Photo, courtesy of my talented friend Cornelia Gray.


  1. I can't wait to read the latest version! That almost-3-year-old is looking so big, by the way. Simply massive.

    I'll get in touch soon with solid visit dates. I'm thinking we'll probably leave around the first or second, but are working out cat-sitters and writing schedules. I am looking forward to assessing the massiveness of the children in person.

  2. Great job, Alina! Now can you pass your muse on to me. ;)

    And happy early birthday to your soon-to-be 3 year old!!

  3. Yaaaay! I so want to READ it! And I agree with Leah. Fintan looks humongolous. Truly ginormous. WOW! Kiss him for me and happy birthday him too! Heart you guys xx

  4. Even more enormous when you realize that it is Coen, not Fintan! I thought it was Fintan too, at first, just because of the sheer size of the man.

  5. I WANT THAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Oh wow. Oh BAD aunty! Bad BAD aunty. Sad face. ...Then how big is Fintan?!?

  7. He's even MORE bigger, Smar. :)

    Dana, you may have it soon!

    Teresa, thanks! *Passes muse*.

    Leah, can't wait to see you, sweets!

  8. By the way did anyone notice what Coen is holding? He calls it his "tool". At least someone is getting some use out of it. ;)

  9. I am so glad that things are going well. Do you think that you have gotten enough out of Scrivener for the price? I know it isn't that expensive, but I just had such a hard time using it that it wasn't even funny. About the time that I started getting "it" my trial was up. *shrugs* Been debating on buying it or not.

    See you later!

  10. Erica, I really like Scrivener, even though I'm still working out the kinks in my understanding. It has SO many amazing features that I keep plugging away and using it. I've been pasting notes and research into my latest work like crazy. I had to have a separate document in word for that sort of thing and is was hardly accessible. So, yes, I think it's worth it. I just hope I have an easier time compiling and exporting it next time. That was no fun. :)

  11. Typing on my phone=not good. Hope that made sense, Erica! :)


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