Tag: editing

Current Projects

If you happened to stumble across this post, website, or accidentally clicked on an image from google and ended up here, welcome! I’ve done a bit of a content/site redesign to streamline things a bit more, so go take a peek if so inclined. For reasons that are beyond me, I’ve decided to list all the stuff I’m writing, like it even matters, right? Anyway, here it goes.

At Eternity’s Gate: “Whoa, wait a second,” you say. “Wasn’t that book supposed to be done forever ago?” Yeah, you’re totally–shut up. I know, believe me. I’ve rewritten large sections and have been editing the shiznit out of each chapter, sentence, character interaction, you know, what makes the book good. Like Frieza getting totally owned by Trunks, things are bloody right now. Bloody fricken awesome.

Shout Out: to Chad, for reviewing (the now old) first three chapters on Goodreads. Feel free to pitch in over there if you take a gander yourself.

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What Two Years of Edits & Notes Looks Like

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Two years is a solid amount of time. Days come and go in silent flocks, barely brushing against your face as weeks and months cast shadows in the sunset of a year. Past time blends and smears into a whirlpool that, for the present you, makes it almost impossible to decipher how you ended up at this viewing platform, scratching your crotch in a state of proper dumbfoundment while trying to see your own reflection in the maelstrom. This is especially true when crafting a book. Years down the line you end up with a draft, probably in a digital form, and say “How the fuck did this happen?” The experience of writing a novel is easier to reflect upon, I think, when you have artifacts from the past to inspect. Little fossils of ink on scrap paper or notebooks you excavate from files and manila folders, maybe a forgotten back pack or underneath your car seat.

The image above is about half of the material I had physically edited or scrawled ideas and blips of dialogue upon for At Eternity’s Gate. Stacks of notes and doodles and around 90 pages of pen edited manuscript will remain forever lost to dimensions unknown. But here, for my own amusement, is a brief dive into the relics that remain. Imprints of a strange past consciousness influenced by worlds both imaginary, and real. Read More…

Editing with Physical Copy vs. Word Processors: A Battle of Swords & Lasers

Laser vs swordLasers: A laser is weightless and has no recoil. It’s just a bunch of excited photons all having a party as they beam straight toward your eyeball while your older brother has you pinned to the refrigerator. They’re super fun to use because they go pew pew pew and make pretty colors while severing limbs, incinerating three-legged kittens and blowing up planets. But after you’ve used ‘em for a while it can leave you feeling kinda empty, like you want some heft and recoil, real life feedback. I find that using word processors is about the same as wielding a proper sci-fi laser gun. Yeah, of course it’s awesome but relying solely on coherently phased monochromatic light may not be the best way to gear up for your editing assault. Read More…