September 17th, 2005

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would it be so wrong to eat this with a spoon, like Anne of Green Gables?

I am fortunate that kit_kindred has received a care package from an acquaintance, which involves several kinds of home-made preserve, including tomato. Fortunate, because kit_kindred does not sully his finely-honed system with vegetable matter, which means the stuff in the jars in mine, mine, mine.

Now, please understand, this isn't pickled green tomatoes or any other weirdness. This is a lovely, jewel-pink sweet preserve made with tomatoes. It's rich, sweet, faintly acidic, with cooked-transparent bits of tomatoes floating in it.

I must learn canning. Must.

And no, I'm not sharing. Get your own. *g*

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Revisions, continued.

Hey, I just found a fantasia on Beauty and the Beast in this thing--a whole string of echoes that play in different directions. There are three or four different ripples spreading out from that fairy tale through this novel, none of them particularly manifest, but all of them discussing the various takes on that story--the distasteful good girl redeems bad boy version, and the ones I prefer--that it's wiser to cleave to those that love you than to those that use you, and that love can be found in the most unlikely places.

How interesting. And where the heck did that come from?

I mean, I put the swanmay stuff in on purpose.

Clever subconscious. Clever girl. *cookie*

(subconscious barks and dances)

I may actually be making this thing better rather than worse.

Although I begin to understand the mindset that hands in raw first drafts. Less work if they're just going to shred it anyway. Except then the revisions are to stuff that you probably could have fixed on your own... and the end book isn't as good.

But it probably makes the revision process less scary. Since here I sit, fixing absolutely everything I know how to fix, and I know my editor is going to want me to fix more. With which monkey wrench?

That is always the hard part.



Page 465 of 659. The end needs less work than the beginning. arcaedia, cpolk, sartorias, and truepenny are Heroes of the Revolution, as they've helped me come up with several ways to increase tension in those problematic seven chapters.
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Whiskey & Water third draft done.

tyop! narrowing his fiend of vision

And.149,941 words. Probably about 5K taken out, and a different 5K put back in.

Now I wait to hear from the second readers what else is broken, and I can fix that and send it to Liz.

And start rewriting Carnival. :-P

Ah, yeah. But maybe tonight I'll have a beer instead.
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