Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Someday I Wanna Be Dignified and Old

It's done. I went above and beyond my cutting goals, mainly because there was so much excess verbiage (I would have given you examples, Greg, but they were too damned embarrassing). I ended up cutting about 10,000 words and 40 pages, and this despite adding a couple of needed scenelets and one pretentious allusion. So the monster is on its way to agent-land, which is good because I need to not look at it for a little while.

For those of you keeping score at home, that means I have 1, 4, and 9 of the items on my to-do list accomplished, and several more in progress. I doubt I'll finish War and Peace (7) before the semester starts, but I'm about 500 pages in. (I'm liking it: duels! Freemasons! Subtle social satire! Napoleon!) This week is for finishing up 2, 3, 5, 6, and 10. 8 is more of a lifetime sort of goal, one that I hope you will all help me out with . . .

I'm having thoughts about this novel-thing, related in part to this post by Jay Lake, but only time will tell if those thoughts will coalesce into anything approaching an actual post.


Blogger haddayr said...

Woo hoo! Good for you.

11:22 AM  

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