I think I could get the first draft done this week if I really, really worked on it. Literally, if I wrote for 2 hours every day…and more importantly, didn’t spend that time going back through what I’ve already written…I could get there. As always, however, whether that will actually happen shall be dictated by circumstance and the cooperation of a certain three year old.
Then the cutting process will begin. I know of two whole scenes I can nix without even thinking about it, and numerous other bits and pieces. I’m sure I’ll find more once I actually re-read, especially in the first section. The angelic subplot can get cut…I started it on Dheu and then never had the space to take it anywhere. It just kind of fizzles out. The Keeper subplot can probably be streamlined, since it took me three quarters of the story to finally figure out where I was going with it. Let’s see, what else. A lot of Saeli’s interaction with Cara and Brendan at the beginning can be steamlined, if not cut altogether. Naeth isn’t as big a player as I thought he was going to be, so he probably actually has enough screen time…I just need to focus it a little better. I think, like Brendan, he doesn’t actually have to BE on screen to be vitally important.
Wow, I just totally went on a sequel tangent. *sigh* I have a lot of work to do before January, and the next two months are going to be ridiculous. I’ve agreed to design the conference booklet for the SCWG this year…which is, btw, really cool, and I’m flattered that I was asked. That has to be done by mid-September. I have to polish off the first draft of Shades so I can start editing it. I want to enter a short story in the SCWG writing contest for the conference…which means I have to write, edit, and polish a 2000 word story by Oct. 15th. (Short stories are not my forte. I have a hard time thinking small enough). I need to finish editing my short story for the Writer’s Digest contest before Nov. 2nd. We have friends coming to visit the weekend of Oct. 17th, and my Hanson concert is the 24th. That’s two weekends shot. Oh, yeah, and my birthday is in there somewhere. (Did I mention I have to have Shades done…DONE, as in: cut, edited, copyedited, polished…by January, if I want to have a complete manuscript at the conference??)
I’m sure I’m even forgetting something in this list.
Which reminds me…it’s bedtime, and I have laundry to do tomorrow.