It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

7 chapters to go.

I am slashing my machete through the jungle that makes up this book, and it is hard work.

Still, 10 chapters down, 7 to go.

I am still hopeful that next week I will be able to devote days at a time towards this project. My editing project still has 3 or 4 chapters left. Once I’m done with that, I can concentrate fully on my book.

I’m amazed at how my book is coming along, though. Throughout the week I get any number of ideas that I jot down for possible use in the 3rd draft.

What I’m working on now? Merely the 2nd. I am optimistically guessing I will have 4, possibly 5 drafts, total.

Time will tell.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles

I’m at the half-way point in formatting my work-in-progress for ebook publishing, and I can honestly say that now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Or if I can’t see it, I am at least convinced it’s there.

I am still on the schedule of formatting and adding information one chapter at a time, one week at a time. But around mid-July, my schedule should open up to allow me a week’s worth of this. By that time, I will have few enough chapters left that I will be able to complete this step in the process within that week.

The next step in my crafty little plan is to take a few days to more fully develop existing characters, and consider how to begin rewriting the manuscript as a fictional romance. By August, I am planning to be back on the one day a week schedule, only this time employing the creativity and fun that was missing in the original version.

Can You Change an Apple into an Orange?

My work-in-progress is moving along…slowly. I have put aside one day a week to work on it, which is all I can stand at this point, anyway!

I am having a tough time with the conversion of my non-fiction story into one of fiction. You’d think it would be easier to just create stuff out of whole cloth, but I think the chief difficulty is that I’m not there, yet.

Right now, I’m going through the manuscript and retyping the whole thing, as I format it for future ebook publishing, and add stuff in that I didn’t include before. The hard part is that as I make the changes from non-fiction to fiction, I think I’m trying to do too many things at once.

I’m hopeful that once I have the initial story formatted and ready for changes, I will find it easier to make those changes, and will enjoy both the writing process itself, and also the excitement of getting a book ready for publishing.

Right now, I wouldn’t want my own mother to read the thing, and she’ll offer praise for a correctly-spelled grocery list (thanks, Mom!).

With luck, I’ll be feeling happier about this whole process by the beginning of July. Hoping so, anyhow!

LJS

As I Was Saying…

I’ve finally cleared my schedule to provide at least one day a week to work on my most important writing project at the moment, which is updating my story reflecting my experience going through US Army Basic Training.

My training story is somewhat different from most, because not only was I a lesbian during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” time period, but also because I actually enlisted with a buddy: my then-girlfriend.

I wrote the original manuscript for this during a surprisingly short period of time back in 2006. But I wasn’t sure how to publish at all, let alone electronically, so the idea faded as unfulfilled projects are wont to do.

But now, timing, creativity, and understanding are all combining in a way that I am sure will finally culminate in a completed project, to be published this year.

Due to legalities, etc. I am changing the story from a memoir style to one of general lesbian fiction, and of course I will alter the names, locations, etc. to protect against, well, darn near everything.

So, I’ll make posts as the rewrite progresses. Future bulletins as events warrant.

Initially, I Wasn’t Going to Wear My Coat

Hello!

This is my first posting. I have been writing for years and years, but this year I am closer than ever to actually publishing something. I am ridiculously excited! My intent is to finish editing a book I thought was complete (yeah, well, you know…) and finally publish on Amazon with the rest of the masses. I am super busy editing someone else’s project currently, but I expect to be able to return to my own stuff later this month!

The title of this post refers to something I said to my parents when I was 4. I suspect I was quoting my dad, but at least I used the word right….