Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Waxing Moon
Sunny, windy, and cold

I’m about to hit the “send” button on the final (for now) revision of OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. That’s always terrifying, for some reason.

I had a good weekend of work. The site jobs between which I bounced back and forth were busy, but also fun. And I got a LOT of writing done – another complete revision and polish on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, the Jain Lazarus’ New Year’s story, a partial outline for something I’ve nicknamed “The Lucy Gothic” until I can think of a better name for it, and about 1700 words on that. I need to write my way into it for a bit before I can finish the outline.

OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK is now 65K, which means I took my editor’s advice to expand the piece and added about 10K. It’s much deeper and sharper, and also gives more information about both Wyatt’s past and Jain’s past, and how they tie into their future together. I did something in the final revision (before the polish) I’ve never done before – I worked backwards, starting with the last chapter, and revising chapter-by-chapter, from back to front. It made a huge, positive difference, and caused me to catch a bunch of things I missed in the previous revisions by working continually front-to-back. It’s a technique I’ll employ in novels during late revisions from now on.

I feel good about the book (although I’d keep rewriting it for the next ten years, given the chance); Wyatt, Jain and the gang are amongst my favorite characters ever, and I’m still nervous about hitting the “send” button.

We had a few dodgy moments last night, as I neared the end of the final polish and the computer started going wonky again. If I lost all that work, I’d have gone ballistic. Fortunately, I made it through to the end, made several back-ups and stashed them safely, and, by midnight, it was done.

Out it goes today.

The enhanced productivity I had this weekend made me realize how much time I fritter away in my home office, and I have to figure out a way to cut back on it. The work completed in three and a half days on site equaled about a week’s worth or more that I get done at the home office. And here I thought I was such an efficient time manager. Always room for improvement, I guess. And I’m determined to improve.

I’ve got to frost the cake for the show and get that done, then transport the cake into Manhattan on the train and get it to the theatre intact. I’m meeting Costume Imp there for a quick catch-up before I head back to prepare for tomorrow, and he heads home to prepare for the next leg of his tour.

I’m so deep into the world of Jain and Wyatt, and so deep into the unique world of the Lucy Gothic that dealing with actual reality is a shock.

When I get back, I’ve got to do more work on an article that’s due (I’m having a hell of a time with the file), get the Jain Lazarus New Year’s story into the computer and up, and pack for the New Year’s escapade. I’m going to a different location this year, and, although yoga will be a huge part of it, I’m in charge of the food. Mostly because I’ve eaten the cooking by the others included, and, well, I’d rather be in charge of the food. I found a good price on a duck yesterday, so that’s the big meal for New Year’s Day, and I’ll poach salmon fillets in a white wine and mustard sauce for the Eve, along with a variety of h’ors d’oeuvres.

In any case, I’ve got to get this cake frosted and head into Manhattan. I hope you had a lovely weekend.



  1. Congrats on hitting the send button! These things never seem to finish themselves. But if you don’t let go, they never get to see the world…

  2. Good morning to you, Devon,

    It was interesting to learn that hitting the Send button strikes a little fear in you. Congrats on the ‘final edit.’

    I hope to know that fealing one day.

    Blessings on the forthcoming new year.

  3. Great job on all that you got accomplished!

  4. Congrats on finishing yet another one, Devon! I’m toying with the idea of taking the daughter to Manhattan today or sometime after New Year’s. Maybe not today – no advanced warning to her. Not that she wouldn’t be ready to spend my money in a flash! LOL

  5. Congrats on hitting the send button!! Your food for New Years sounds wonderful!!!

  6. Yay for hitting SEND. Scary, but exciting, no?

    Happy 2009!

  7. Congratulations on a successful finish and overcoming the “send” button willies. I know that terrifying feeling–and I don’t even hit the send button that much! Happy New Year to you! d:)

  8. Congratulations on a productive time weekend! You still get nervous to hit the send button? Wow.
    I hope you have a wonderful day!
    Happy New Year early if we don’t “hear” from you.

  9. jk

  10. Congratulations on hitting the send button and good luck.

  11. Congrats on the finish! I just know it’ll be as fantastic as the first one. 🙂

    Hope you have a great NYE!

  12. Hey Devon! Just popping in to say hi and see what you are about. Looks like you are just as busy as ever! Hope you have a great New Year!

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