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revising and recuperating

It’s late, so I’ll be brief.  I’m about halfway through revising one of my novels.  Just about every page is covered with red marks or blue numbers that correspond to a notebook full of more detailed corrections.  This is the result of Holly Lisle’s One Pass Revision.  It’s going great so far.  The key is to focus on working scene by scene, beginning with the big questions and moving down to the more nit-picky stuff once you’ve decided whether you want to keep the scene in the first place.  Either way, it’s going by well and fast.  And I’m actually enjoying the process.

It’s nothing compared to writing though.  Can’t wait to work on creating a story again.

I’m getting so close to done that I’m thinking about publishing venues now.  I guess that’s part of my to-do list next week:  finding out how on earth to market my story.  I’m thinking a small press for this first book, then maybe self-publishing for the novel I’ll revise after that.  Depends on what I find in my research.  I’ll keep you posted.

As for recuperating, I went swimming.  Yes, I had to rest from that.  But here’s the kicker.  I was outside around noon a couple of days ago, when it was over 100 degrees outside, stayed mostly in the pool, put on strong waterproof sunscreen and yet still ended up with a hideous sunburn on half my body after only an hour of exposure that’s making it difficult to raise my arms above my head.  I’m thinking the sunscreen may have washed off in the pool?  I have no idea.  Thankfully, I’m healing pretty quickly thanks to constantly being smeared with aloe vera gel by my husband.  It’s pretty angry red, especially on my shoulders, but I haven’t blistered or peeled… yet. Hoping this gel will keep that from happening.  It’s a good chance to use revising my novel as a way to get my mind off my injuries.

Not like I need an excuse.

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