November 24th, 2006

bear by san

picking up the pieces of my sweet shattered dream

Woke up this morning with a stiff neck because the cat had co-opted the pillow. She's quite sneaky. And it doesn't matter that there are four pillows on the bed: whichever one I am using is the good one, you see.

As soon as I sat up, I started sneezing, which is a grand thing. It gives me an excuse to stay home from the gym today, you see, which is nice because I did squats and leg presses on Wednesday, and my butt hurts. (TMI.) (There's this one guy at my gym who is probably about 5'6" and wiry-thin, who squats 465. Makes me feel like a sissy with my 110.

It's also nice because that gives me another two hours, with travel time, to work on the CEM and the essay I should be handing in this weekend, and I'm actually kind of looking forward to getting back to work. And it's a beautiful morning out there. Maybe I'll go for a walk after I get through another hundred pages of this, and then come home and write that essay.

I get an extremely light line-and-copyedit from Spectra, which is nice because the readthrough goes quickly. (I choose to interpret this as evidence that I submit fairly clean manuscripts, not that I'm so hopeless they just don't bother. *g*)

I generally don't make much in the way of changes on my CEM or galleys unless I find A Problem. I know a lot of other writers make extensive alterations, but frankly, once I'm at the copyedit stage, I've already been over the damned book between six and eleventy-one times, and if I never see it again it's probably too soon. I dunno how you kids stand it. Do you do fewer drafts before you send it off to the editor, or are you just more meticulous than I am?

Roc gives me a heavier line-and-copyedit, which means more things to check--some to stet, some to accept. Like editors, copyeditors have personalities,and then there's house style to consider. I have four years of journalism experience, which probably makes me more likely to shrug and say "whatever," when the blue pencil descends upon my polished prose. Because once you've written to AP style, anything else seems like a tremendous pleasure of self-indulgence.

If you're looking for insight into the copyediting process, by the way, I recommend deannahoak's blog and livejournal.

I'd really like to hear a speed punk version of "Carefree Highway," you know what?

bear by san

do you simply reflect changes in the patterns of the sky?

WNPR is streaming Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull Christmas currently (9 am Friday morning EST)

(via netcurmudgeon)

ETA: If you missed that, you can hear it here. Free registration required. (Quite easy, and it gives you access to all sorts of cool public radio stuff.)

Seriously, this is worth listening too. If nothing else, it gives a brief snapshot of Ian's sense of humor, and why Tull In Concert is such a big deal, even after nearly forty years.

ETAATA: The "Rock Island" tour was the first time I saw Tull live. Yanno, "Another Christmas Song" can still choke me up.

Especially this year.

How many wars you fighting out there, this winter morning?
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bear by san

Bring me a sheep, dear mother! Bring me the peanut butter!

That's a second draft of "Chatoyant" done. Hopefully this time with 50% more making sense. Guess I get to curl up with my guitar for a couple of hours until it's time for Alton. And then I can spend the evening writing that essay I owe.

Then tomorrow, I get to start "Lumiere." Which should be interesting. Because I know all sorts of things about it, but not the hook. Or how we get to the plot from the end of "Chatoyant."


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