Holy cats! I haven’t posted here since November?!
Yikes! Sorry about that everyone!
You may now be asking what my plans are for the new year?
The answer to that is lots and lots of editing!
I’ll not only be updating my progress here but I will also be sharing interesting odds and ends with you as I go (although maybe not so much with this post)
Anyway, I will update soon!
This book just came in the mail! For those not familiar with this book it’s essentially the human side of archæology. The stories behind the finds. The Indiana Joneses before he was a thing. I highly recommend it! The best thing is that you can pick it up on Amazon for under a dollar (plus shipping and handling)!
So my main “editing” process at the moment is reading through the story while removing the extra spaces (which Scrivener will only remove some of) and adding hard returns. Yes it’s formatting problems but I’m feeling kind of like an archaeologist who is gently brushing the dirt away from the artifact.
I also feel a bit nostalgic and imagine what was going on in our lives and in the world when this was originally written (it’s signed 1984). That would make my Dad 4 going on 5 years younger than I am now. I think about what it was like for me at his age. What was his mindset at the time he was writing this story.
I think that’s why I really enjoy editing these stories.
I’m just popping in quick to say hi to everyone! Yes this blog is still going and yes I’m working on updating at least once a week.
Over the past weekend I finally managed to convert Who Would Destroy the Gods from it’s original file format (I’m not sure if it was written in Appleworks or Wordperfect) into Scrivener. I’m also manually fixing the format as when it was created there was no digital formatting and so everything had to be manually input (aka all spaces and hard returns).
As I’m doing this part of the editing, I’m making comments in the margin and correcting minor spelling mistakes. There are also some areas that I’m going to have to completely rewrite in order to maintain the flow. (For my family members who may be aghast at that thought, I will also have an unedited copy tucked away somewhere.) It’s going to be a long haul as I get further and further into the editing.
As always, I’ll keep you updated!
Wow! I am so sorry everyone! I’ve totally neglected this website! I’ve been super busy with my last two conventions of the year and getting the last of my 2016 comics ready to be posted on my other site. But now that those are all done, I’m taking a bit of a breather until after Christmas.
For those of you who are beta reading for me, I will likely not be sending anything out for a couple of weeks at the very least. There are some parts that I am working on that require a bit of rewriting, so please, bare with me.
My mom just found my Dad’s Cree Flashcards! (The package arrived last week)
Which means that I can begin warbling Cree while I try to learn the language! Very slowly because I can’t dedicate myself as much as my dad did.
With his flashcards, I feel like he is teaching me himself.
Soooo I am still working on balance at the moment. Which means things aren’t as frequent as I would like. Blog posting being one of these things. Let me tell you about what I’ve been up to while I haven’t been posting here.
I’ve finished up the first read through of Who Would Destroy the Gods? I’ve marked it up for the first round of edits which I will be working on in Late August early September.
I’m about half way my first read through and edit mark up of a story I’m working on in order to practise my own writing. (This will be available later through an undisclosed pen name) I bring it up because people will need to know that I am working on other projects as well as editing my father’s novels. I have another project that I was able to get ahead on in order to make more room for writing and will be starting another novel this month. (Again, this novel will also be a practise novel and will be released through a pen name)
Also, last week I travelled half way across the country and back again in the space of a long weekend by truck.
For those of you who have signed up to my newsletter (bless you!), I will have a very special surprise for you next month!
(Because I totally thought that I posted this, I’ll add on to the post)
P.S. Just a quick add-on! I’ll be in Calgary this weekend for a writer’s conference and to promote Railroad Rising!
I am feeling like this as I work on editing “Who Would Destroy the Gods?”
It’s always challenging when you are just starting out on a career path. In this case it’s a bit weird for me because I technically have material to work with that I could tease you with, but on the other hand, I haven’t even really read all of the material. Heck, I haven’t even scratched the surface yet.
Maybe that’s my problem right now. I need to figure out which way to jump first. I also need to know what I should tell the Internet about my Dad, after all, that’s what this website is for. But do I want to talk about what my father was interested in? I could do that. I certainly can’t talk about his works in progress, although, I can talk about what I’m editing and for those of you who have signed up to the newsletter, I’ll be sending out special sneak peaks of “Who Would Destroy the Gods?”
One of the other things that I will be working on over the next month will be button designs for Railroad Rising, which subscribers will also get to see first and give me their opinion.
Whew! Time for me to get back to editing! I’ll talk to you all again very soon!
Tonight I had the chance to really get into the reviewing and editing process for Who Would Destroy the Gods?
I’m very curious about how this story plays out given that the main character seems to be Wisakedjak (more commonly known as Whiskey Jack or Grey Jay) but this is a book with many pantheons in it so it will be interesting to see how the story goes. The story so far is that Whiskey Jack has turned his back on becoming a god and is, instead, helping mortals to stay safe during the wars of the gods. While the gods themselves fight amongst themselves for supremacy of the universe.
Once I get further along, I’ll start posting bits and pieces. For now, you can have my sketch of Grey Jay.
Yikes! Has it really been a month since my last post? Oh my! So I’ll start by saying that I’ve been busy, sort of with other projects and also with related projects.
At the end of April I attended the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo. Which was fantastic! I had a table there and was handing out bookmarks to promote Railroad Rising. I had a really great time! (I will write up a report on the convention on my other blog, along with pictures)
Then, the weekend after that was the Creative Ink Festival here in Vancouver. It was a fantastic event for writers, artists, publishers, editors and of course, readers! There were readings and workshops, along with a dealers room where you could get your hands on a wide variety of authors. I highly recommend the event to everyone!
By the end of the event on Sunday, I had come out with a new plan. Because I have not actually written a full length novel before, I am embarking on trying to write 10 short novels before I show my editor Ryn’s Turn. I will talk more about this in my next post. Until then, read Railroad Rising, and if you have already done so, give it a review!