Thursday, June 14, 2007

Wicked Game 3.0 done!

After a full month of rethinking, reimagining, and rewriting, the pen-penultimate step is complete.

I've changed a lot, refocusing the plot on the fantasy elements instead of the romance (and in the process, making it more romantic than ever). Characters have been added, fleshed out, given personality lifts. Jokes have been hacked, replaced with (hopefully) better ones. Also, more blood--always a plus for a vampire novel.

It's probably a mess. After a few days away from the manuscript, I'll read it all the way through in one sitting (not counting snacks) to see where it needs patching. Meanwhile I'll do any last-minute research/inspirational reading, video-watching, and music-listening.

Then, after the whole darn thing makes sense, I'll take a week or two to polish the language, make sure the characters come to life on the page, that I don't fall prey to cliched descriptions or overuse of any particular words. (I can already tell "scoff" is going to hit the trash a dozen times or more.)

At last, on or before the July 9 deadline, I'll turn it in and hope my editor still loves it, that I've interpreted her suggestions better than she could've ever imagined. Or at least not royally screwed it up.

But that's later. Right now, I'm taking the rest of the day off. All 32 minutes of it.

*A-Z Update: "Indian Summer" by The Doors

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Yeah for you!


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 6/15/2007 8:46 AM


Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 6/15/2007 11:08 AM


The word you are looking for here is "antipenultimate", which I think is such a fantastic word I use it every chance I get. Which isn't often, but *damn* it's a good word!


Posted by: Blogger Catie at 6/15/2007 11:58 AM

Thanks, everyone, especially Catie, for the word of the day!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 6/15/2007 12:21 PM

A linguist friend of mine gave me that word when I had also used "pen-penultimate," and he was just as thrilled about "antipenultimate" as I was. It just makes me happy that that word exists and that I know it and get to use it. :)

Congrats on the book, by the way. I forgot to say that. :)


Posted by: Blogger Catie at 6/16/2007 9:53 AM

Ant*e*penultimate, not antipenultimate! My bad! :)

Posted by: Blogger Catie at 6/19/2007 11:32 AM

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