Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I should do more revision...

I managed to "edit" my fruit trees last month, so I should be able to do it to my novels. But I felt bad enough lopping off all those tree branches, and I didn't even have to grow them myself. Chopping away all those words that I spent so much effort writing in the first place? *cries* Oh well, gotta be done.

And then there's those head-desking moments where I read through my story and realize that the thing that was OMG!!!!111!!! Can't do that ever! NO! at the end of one chapter turned into "Sure, let's do it, that's brilliant" at the beginning of the next chapter. GAH! What was I thinking? Maybe there was some technobabble distinction (which didn't quite make it to the page) between Bad Thing and Good Thing, but still... *kicks self repeatedly*. So there's another reason it was a bad idea to post my fanfiction chapter by chapter as I write it.

One continuity error I just barely managed to catch, in the last round of editing in the web browser before I hit the "post" button. I had to hastily rewrite a few paragraphs to fix it. But at least I fixed it. *whew* Then there were the stupid typos (repeated words, character name mix-ups) that got through the spell-check and through all my rounds of editing that I didn't notice until weeks after it's been posted. Grrrr.

So yeah. I'll try to do better next time. (Isn't that what I say about the kites, too? Kite festival coming up soon! Must... make... kites...)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Still... not... done...

So it's the middle of March and I'm still hacking away at the Doctor Who novel thingy I started writing in January. It takes me longer than NaNo, since I'm editing and posting as I go. I'm experimenting with the serialized novel thing. It's interesting so far, but it's worrying that I might just write myself into a corner. Bah. And what if I change my mind about things halfway through? And it's hard to remember my bits of foreshadowing by the time I actually get around to writing the things that were foreshadowed. I guess in real life, authors go back and revise, which is why Jin Yong's 2nd editions are better than his first! The 3rd editions I'm not so sure about, LOL.

Anyway, I did ask myself the question, "What was Susan (the Doctor's granddaughter) doing during the Last Great Time War?" 12K or so words later, I have my answer. A depressing answer, but hey, at least now I know (as far as my headcanon is concerned.) I also decided on who the mysterious Visionary and Woman in White from the "End of Time" TV episodes were, so yay for me. And it's still part of my Zagreus (the Big Finish audio) sequel, despite the horrified reaction when I mentioned it on a Doctor Who forum. Also, as an obsessive fan, I went and made up stuff about what the "Cruciform" was, exactly (and ended up making the Doctor a Christ figure all over again --- d'oh!) and what happened to Romana and why couldn't they just blow up Skaro back in the beginning of time, etc.

So that was a bit of a sidetrack. But still relevant, since the "present-day" Susan is an important part of the main plotline. Main plotline. I should get back to that. *mumble mumble* Mmm... but will still have one more flashback chapter. And then there's the bits of Bo and Lauren from the "Lost Girl" side of things that I intend to write at some point.

Yeah. Looks like I'll still be working on this thing in April.

Fun, though. At least I am still enjoying writing this. Ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

I'll be even happier if/when I finish. *crosses fingers*