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Another Editing Update

I finished going over Dane’s suggested edits a little while ago. He helped me out tremendously. Go buy his books. I cut a ton of fat from the story. Like 20,000 words worth. The book just came back from yet another editor, who was searching for typos and major inconsistencies. It should only take a day or two to go over them.

After that, I may very well be ready to prep the thing for publishing.

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So busy. And my kids are famous somewhere in Asia.

Okay, so I’d love to say that I finished my round of edits for Journey of St. Laurent and I’m ready to send out some copy to those who have said they’ll help me edit. I’d love it.

I’d love to say that I actually finished the draft of my Children’s novel.

But I can’t.

*Frowny Face*

Things have been crazy in my life.

The biggest thing is that I’ve been fixing up my house / building a shed / installing a new retaining wall in preparation for selling our house. Well, I guess it paid off, because the house is now under contract.

As soon as that happened, it was frantic-search-for-a-new-place time. We’ve now made a verbal agreement with a nice couple, and we’ll sign some papers and pay some earnest money tomorrow evening. Yay!

Assuming all goes well, that means we’ll be in a new place by Christmas. So now there’s lots of boxing up and such to get done.

As to the Asia thing.

Several months back I was downtown in Salt Lake City waiting for my daughter to finish a choir practice in the Tabernacle at temple square, where her choir was soon to have a big performance. As I played on the grass with the baby (then about 8 or 9 months old), an Asian group tour came out of the Assembly Hall and saw him (my son) sitting there smiling. They went nuts over him. About 20 people gathered around and started snapping pictures.

And then few days ago we went to Yellowstone for a family reunion. As I came out of the restroom at Mammoth Hot Springs There was a group of 15 or so nice Asian folk gathered around something and taking pictures. As I stepped into the crowd, I saw my 3 year old sitting on a big rock, hamming it up and posing for all she’s worth. I turned to my left, and there was my 7 year old doing the same thing with a crowd around her as well. My wife was just standing off to the side, trying not to laugh.

So by now I’m certain that my kids have made it onto a dozen personal blogs that I wouldn’t know how to read.

Back In The Saddle

All right. I’ve been missing for a while, but I’m back now. I’ve been busy, though, and not just slacking.

First I had a short trip down to my Brother-In-Law’s place. Then I had another weekend trip. Then I had a short trip for work. Then my three year old turned four. Then my wife had her Gall Bladder out. Then I got some sort of stomach flu.

I have however, been aching to get writing again. I’ve had ideas for a number of books. Plus I had a fantastic idea for the sequel to the sequel of Oasis, assuming Corbin survives this next one.

Little by little, I’ve been editing away at Oasis. I need to get the thing done. Editing is an interesting process for me. I don’t remember writing half of what’s there. I guess that’s a good thing, because I’ve been able to take a step back and view my work with a more critical eye. I think I’ve said this before, but it’s amazing to me to see how much I changed as a writer throughout the course of the book. As in, became a better writer. I wonder where I’ll end up by the time I finish the second one.

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Thoughts On Editing

As I go through Oasis making the necessary edits, it is interesting to see where I’ve grown as a writer. There’s a lot of times that I just want to start over and write the whole thing again.

Anyway, as I keep up the proccess, I need constant reminders as to what I am supposed to be doing when I edit. Otherwise I just get into the story and start dreaming up the sequel. One way to get these all important reminders is to employ google and find editing checklists and such around the net.

Here’s the most recent one that I’ve read. Self-Editing

None of the things in the article are new or revolutionary. Just good reminders.