I'm back at it. Well I have to be if I'm going to keep to my schedule. I want to finish my revision by the fifteenth. I've already set it up with the person who'd editing for me. She'll do a read of the whole thing without touching it - just as a reader this time - and then we'll sit and talk. For the last two weeks of January I'll get my package together. Only one huge awful problem with that. My computer died. Oh, I know, I haven't mentioned that here - or at least I don't think I did. It died a couple of days ago. I had my latest revision backed up on my external hard-drive but not all my package bits and pieces - not my brilliant synopsis which just about killed me to write and that I finally got.
Sweet Patootie says my hard-drive is OK but something is wrong with something. He's been fiddling with the whole thing for the last few days. The latest thing is just to take the thing to someone who can salvage all my files - including all my mail and photos etc... I have some of them but not all of them. And I'm on an old outlook express. One thing I am going to do for sure is to switch to gmail. This just sucks so big I can't deal. I've been meaning to do it for ages but I knew I'd have to get a hold of everyone and well...I'm lazy. There. I said it.
So...today I fine-tuned ten of 51 chapters. Even ones I thought had been fine-tuned to death. The thing is that we get so acclimatized to our own schlock. Not now. I want anything that sticks out even the tiniest bit as boring or awkward or not quite the right voice to be gone. I'd happily lose 7 thousand words.
And I'm trying to do this in the most detached way possible. Not freaking out that it is all garbage or pretty brilliant but like it has nothing to do with me. Like I'm a plumber or something. A steely-eyed technician - like the one that's going to recover all my files. Yes.
How is your new year going?