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[Plotting About:] Where Weavers Daire, Second Draft . . .

The Man is engulfed in flames during the Burning Man 2012 "Fertility 2.0" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada
Once I finished the first draft of Where Weavers Daire and uploaded it to the writing group, some 3 weeks late after my promised deadline, I came off my victory lap and woke up the next morning with poster’s remorse.
Remorse because the first draft of anything is shit.
And boy did I see how I should’ve eliminated things and introduced characters sooner and and and and I need a better ending, now, I’m going to have to gut a lot of the 147k behemoth into something readable and enjoyable.
Which is a good thing since It’s 47k words over my imposed ceiling.
This is where my alpha readers and writing group comes in to tell me characters sound the same and why is everyone acting normal?
If you don’t have alpha/beta readers to critique your work it’s time to find some…legally. Don’t hunt people down for sport only to ask them to read the next great masterpiece, it doesn’t work like that.
I’ve been using Google Drive for editing so having the iPad open to scroll through the edits and the laptop open to go line by horrible line.
I’m glad I decided not to push this to the limit and try and get it edited and published through Createspace. It would’ve been waste of time and money.
I have started to collect names of agents that cover sci-fi and once I get done with the second or third draft I’ll think about querying.
Better to put my best foot forward than slip across the floor on a banana peel of misspellings and heinous plot lines that go nowhere.

[Plotting About] August 2014 / Week 1 / Where Weavers Daire / Chapter 31

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Welcome to August.
Welcome to the one year anniversary of me going freelance.
Welcome to the end of Chapter Thirty, the last chapter I had written in 2013 before figuring out: Well, shit, I guess I’ll go back and re-write the first third so it makes sense.
It gets squishy from here even if I’ve written the last chapter already.
Okay so I lie a little bit about squishy part.
I foresee passing the 120k ceiling for this first draft. Revisions will probably bring that down to a normal level.
And I’m submitting it in it’s entirely to the writing group in a week.
No pressure.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

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[Plotting About] July 2014 / Week 2 / Where Weavers Daire / Chapter 22

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This list pretty much covers what’s been happening recently.
To give everyone an update on everything: I’ve been writing a science fiction/space opera manuscript for close to four years and I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary of doing it full time while freelancing on the side as a graphic designer.
At the end of last year I figured out I needed to go back and re-write the first third.
Now, we’re at the second third which is already written.
I’ve been turning the train so to speak to straightening things out and at the end of one chapter Melinda disappears for a good three chapters.
Someone else takes the stage and before I got any deeper the alarm bells went off.
Three chapters wasn’t deep, they were already written so I just dragged them off into a folder in Scrivener.
I edited Melinda back in for the next three chapters and then she disappears which makes a ton more sense now because now everyone has something to fight for and she gets closer to what’s going on.
My daily walks have been helping plot things out. Besides burning through Writing Excuses, Self Publishing, Nerdist Writer’s Panel, Sword and Laser , Aisha Tyler and Children of Tendu podcasts it gives me time to think things through. The guys at Writing Excuses brought this ritual up this morning.
No word count due to shuffling chapters. I’ve been adding finished chapters one at a time into Scrivener so if the K count drops by 10-20k it’s because three chapters like those I mentioned above got pulled.
78k-ish is the count right now.
In non-novel news…
Last month, the Writing Group switched over to critiquing manuscripts. Bennett North did the honors and on Saturday we’ll see how that turned out. I think this is natural turning point for the group. A lot of us are working on long form work and I think we’ll have enough to last us until the holidays.
Weaver will be done in time for September’s meet up.
SDCC is next week and I’m not going. I’m 50% happy, 50% unhappy and %100 trilled I won’t be footing the bill for that week long trip to Nerd Prom.
Boston Con is the second week of August and I’m tempted on treating myself since my birthday is right around the corner.

[Plotting About] June 2014 / Week 1 / #writing #Weaver / Chapter 17

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Chapter 17.
I haven’t said that in a while.
Last week was good to me. First, I figured out how to fix Chapter 5.
Chapter 5 was supposed to be revealed throughout the book but I figured out how to use it as a chapter instead. It introduced Melinda’s supporting cast better than what I had done in Chapter 6.
So all the chapters got bumped up one then I hit the call to action for Melinda and then hit the old section of chapters I had written previously.
So all in all a good week.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

Now begins the task of writing the next chapter to bring all the characters together for the introduction of the big bad.
Once that chapter is done it’s back to the already written chapters.
In non-novel news:
Myself and Bennett North went to the book launch party for Rhode Island local author Heather Rigney for her book: Waking the Merrow.
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I had met her at The Elephant Room a few months back when I was slogging through the re-writes of Weaver.
The place was packed.
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For a self published book, Heather did everything right.
The cover looks good, edited and the price for the dead tree version is a perfect price and not bloated like some other soft cover books I’ve seen.
I highly recommend it.
And go see Edge of Tomorrow.
It’s a fun movie and not just a excuse to go and enjoy the air conditioned theater like The Lone Ranger was last year.

[Plotting About] May 2014 / Week 4 / #writing #Weaver / Chapter 12

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Chapter 11 is done.
Chapter 12 is next on deck.
Chapter 13 should be where we last left off with Spence.
So, if the word count bumps up a lot it means we’re hitting chapters I’d already written.
It means my re-writes of the first 1/3 of the book are nearly complete. It feels nice to be able to say that.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

Since Kameron Hurley tweeted about it I’ll pass it onto you, it’s called The Spreadsheet of Shame. For those NaNoWrimo peeps, you probably already have a few copies of this lying around.
If you’re a spreadsheet time of person and if Scrivener’s word count window feels tame then this is for you.
My X-Men: Days of Future Past review will go tomorrow evening sometime.
Watchdogs will be picked up tomorrow and will have to wait until I’ve got more chapters under my belt.
In non-writing news: Any New England businesses looking to sponsor a local sporting event, 401 R.E.G.I.M.E.N. Classic Amateur Boxing Showcase taking place on August 2, 2014 in Providence, R.I. at the Bank of America City Center in the Providence Rink is looking for sponsors.