Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Editing Game

During a long (read:VERY long) road trip, I finally got into the first stages of editing and revision of my current WIP. This is very exciting as well as daunting. For those of you in the process, you know what I'm talking about. It was very sad. I had these wonderful plans of editing during the 15 hour drive to NM, but the first leg of the trip found me very carsick. Something that I thought I had gotten over, you know, since my family basically has driven thousands of miles over the years going back and forth between home states visiting family. But on the way home I got over it (yea!) and edited about four chapters, so I'm happy.

I've been gone for a week, so that is why my posts have been non-existent. I hope to blog more now and I'm going to mix things up a bit. I find it useless for a person in my position (ie. never been published) to try and come up with blog posts about what I know about writing when there are more capable people out there to do it. I will, however, keep sharing what I've learned--those great explosions of realization when writing steps are conquered. But ultimately, I want to make this a fun blog and just let everyone get to know me and my tastes a little more and see what we all have in common.

I read a post yesterday where someone wrote about their experience reading THE HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS. If you've read my blog at all, you will know I'm on the same page. That is THE MOST AWESOME set of books ever! Not to say that my posts will all be LOTR related, but maybe I'll have posts like that here. On books I love.

So, here is a question for you. What book have you read lately, or in your lifetime, that has influenced you and you just can't stop raving about? I know I have many and have talked about some of them here. Maybe this week (if I still feel like it) I will talk about how I loved THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Awesome book. Awesome movie. Don't you just love it when a book you love ends up being made into an equally awesome movie? Now, granted, they didn't follow the plot all the way, but this screen writer obviously had some mad writing skills. GREAT examples of how to make a scene even more intense, adding and adding, but not going overboard. LOVE it!

So, yea, randomness post here. Glad to be back!


Brenda Drake said...

I'm reading Cutting for Stone for my adult book group. Abraham Verghese's prose is so beautiful. I can't just pick one who had encouraged me. Maybe the Secret Garden because it is one of my favorites. I live in NM - I hope you enjoyed your visit! :D

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

I haven't read Secret Garden yet. It's one, though, that I've been meaning to read. The movie has always been one of my favorites.

Where in NM do you live?

Heather said...

my favorite classics that really became a part of me were "the mill on the floss" by george eliot and "far from the madding crowd" by hardy. also, reading "gone w/the wind" recently really opened my eyes to things we don't often hear about that went down during/after the civil war.

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Heather: I haven't read any of those books. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Matthew MacNish said...

Thanks for the follow on Twitter, Kathryn. I stopped by to follow your blog as well.

Nice to meet you!