Good morning! Welcome to this writer’s workspace. Here’s what’s happening liiiiiiiiiiiiiive at Miranda’s desk:
First, a bit of updatery: For those of you who voted in the poll (many thanks!), the favored title for my manuscript (by a landslide) was Blood Red Sun. The revisions are coming along. I’ve finished the first two passes (plot level changes and characterization) and am working on improving sensory details and doing a 10% Solution level edit (oh, the mind-numbing pain…). The house is dirty, I haven’t cooked anything in several days, and am pretty much speaking to everyone in monosyllabic grunts. BUT…I’m nearly done. I estimate a week and a half of work remains.
So…without further ado: back to our regularly scheduled programming.
What I’m working on: see above
Snippet from the screen: “It had been two days since the Acoyans had sent the scroll and great ceramic urn from the north. Kara had never seen the Emperor so cold with anger as when he’d opened the urn and found the decomposing heads of his tax collectors inside. She could still picture the gleam of white maggots squirming through their rotten flesh.”
In my mug: as the hours spent at the computer editing tick upwards, so does my tea intake. There’s pretty much no pause or distinction between one cup and the next these days (you should see how hard I’m trying to keep my hands from shaking as I type this).
Keeping me company: editing has made me a grouch. Even Mr. Ramses realizes he’d best not poke the scary dragon lady right now. To avoid me he’s taken to seeking out adorable hidey-holes to slumber in. Exhibit A:
On the iTunes: “Under Pressure” by Queen w/David Bowie
Out the window: spring has been teasing and taunting us all week. It’s actually in the 60′s today – which just serves to make me more bitter that I’m stuck at the computer. Maybe I’ll try a sunny cafe this afternoon. Yeah, that sounds nice, plus, you know, more caffeine!
A little procrastination never hurt anyone: Cat Rambo just posted some great advice on networking on her blog, Amy Sundberg on the problem of parsing accurate from inaccurate-but-confidently asserted information, and a Writing Excuses podcast on e-publishing.
That’s all from here, folks! What are YOU up to today?