My NaBlo posts are in the form of letters to my journal about my revision process. Along the way, I'll include Home-Made Revision Workshop posts, and my Friday Challenges.
Here it is the 12th day of October, everything is humming right along. I got about five chapters revised yesterday - yep, you read that right - 5 chapters! Lately I've been waking really early. Today it was 5:15 AM. Why? I have no idea. I wake up, the man is still snoring away (he gets up, usually before me, at 5:45). I patter downstairs, make coffee, put Hoagy on his line, grab a cup, nestle into the couch for a little early reading. But. But I don't feel like reading. I feel like getting this thing done. Today I have four meetings - not clients but meetings - stretching from 11 this morning and the last one is at 7 pm. I have big stretches of time in-between. I have a tiny laptop - I could take it with my magic stick with the updated file on it. But I'm not sure I will. Sometimes it works, sometimes when I'm first drafting, or doing beat sheets, but this, this meticulous looking at one damn word after another. NO. Think I'll take my hard copy journal and write about some major changes I'm contemplating with the story. And the lace shawl I'm knitting. OK, that is settled. I was feeling bad because I bought the little laptop just for days like today and normally, I'm pretty sure, I'd be happy to take it. But it is the picky revision stuff - especially since it is a trifle more difficult on a smaller keyboard, no mouse, and so on.
Journal? Do you want to know the changes I'm thinking of? You do? OK, then. It might be good for me to hear them out-loud - well not really out-loud and not really hear but you know.
Libby's father, Chip Bruce, is an important figure in the book. He left Libby, her mum and her three sisters when Libby was about 9. She has recently seen him again. She and her husband,Palmer go and meet his other family in south-western Alberta. Libby wants to know how her father could have left the five of them, and had a whole other family. I have his reason, and it is pretty compelling I think. It doesn't come out until near the end of the book, but last night I realized there was another reason that could come out sooner. Chip is one-half aboriginal. His mother was a member of the Blackfoot Tribe, and when he leave's his first family, he has already established another family back near where he grew up - a Blackfoot family. I think I need to explore how tied to that particular land Chip is. Not just his heritage, his 2nd family with problems complicated by their status as Aboriginals, but the way that particular land, with its layers of history, draws him, and in turn draws Libby.
Yep, that'll work. I think I know how to do this. I'm always surprised that in a big fat book, OK, even a medium fat book, it doesn't take a lot of words to bring a different element in. Probably just one small scene and a few references.
Thanks journal! I don't know what I'd do without you to talk to.
Here's a picture of the land I'm talking about...
PS - you're right, Journal, I never mentioned Pigs in Space or Quilt Wrestling Live...later.