Hej, Tumblr…so, it’s been a month since I last posted - which means a month since I last worked on my book.
In that time, I went to the UK to visit family for cousin’s wedding and to do a wee bit of dance-related work. I’ve been back home a week and only today found time to sit down with my manuscript. It’s been productive, though.
I finished the editing of chapter seven - knocking off 2714 words and 7 pages - and have started the editing of chapter eight. I have also surpassed the ‘10,000 deleted words’ mark - in total so far I have managed to reduce the manuscript by 13,124 words.
Today is Midsommar in Sweden (it always falls on the Friday closest to the summer solstice) and it’s a national holiday. Last year, I went to see the Swedes dancing around their Midsommar pole and then I had a midnight bbq on the rocky shore of the sea-lake I live near. Unfortunately, this year it’s more decidedly cloudy and chilly, so I think I’ll postpone my celebrations until a nicer day!
Glad Midsommar allihopa!
We may have to endure long, cold, white winters in Sweden but I have to tell you that when it’s good weather here it is AH-MAY-ZING. After about three and a half weeks of clouds and rain we finally got some sunny days.
Saturday was wonderful (the photo was taken then), it got cloudy again Sunday afternoon and improved a lot yesterday, but boy was it incredible today…in May!
On days like this, I just love living here.
Anyway, this is supposed to be a writing blog…
I’ve been plodding along with the editing of The Partnership. I’m somewhere near the end of chapter seven and hopefully I’ll get it finished on Friday. My time this week has been occupied with dance-work-stuff, buying and setting up a new phone (don’t judge, I went from apple to android - there was a lot to learn/do), and my Swedish lessons, so not much time has been with my books.
Speaking of my Swedish lessons - I got my results back from the test I did a few weeks back. Overall I achieved a B, with B’s in Reading, Listening, and Writing, and a C in Speaking. I knew the Speaking was going to be the weakest and it does show I need to practice more.
For the Reading and Listening, and A was only attainable by getting every question correct…I only got one question wrong in each part, hence the B’s!
I did the handwriting meme…because first, why not, and second it’s related to what I blog about - writing ;-)
- Blog URL
- Blog name
- Favourite color
- Crush/significant other
- Write something in all caps.
- Favourite band
- Favourite number
- Favourite drink
- Tag people
Another day, another photo of my computer…this time I’m at home with kitty and nibbling on Swedish strawberries.
I’ve finished editing chapter six!
I think it’s much better now. I shaved off nine pages - NINE! That’s 3345 words deleted. I switched a few ‘scenes’ around, altering the timeline a bit, and it’s a big improvement.
I’m following advice from a friend in Scotland who edited three-four chapters for me. Now that I’m passed those chapters, I’m trying to read through her eyes to objectively think about what doesn’t ‘need’ to be there - Am I repeating myself? Is this description necessary? Is this too ‘purple prose-y’? Have I got too much romance too soon? (NB. It’s not a romance novel but there’s an element of attraction between characters)…etc. etc. etc. Surprisingly, it’s getting easier to sift out what to keep and what to let go. As I streamline, I become more aware of where I’ve ‘overdone’ things.
Chapter six stats: from 8262 to 4917 words, and from 25 to 16 pages.
The manuscript now stands at 123,096 words and 390 pages. In total I have deleted 9714 words and 24 pages.
My regular update of work comes today not with a boring photo of a library or a cute picture of my kitty, but with a hilarious - and undeniable true - cat video. Watch, laugh, and then look differently at your own cat’s behaviours.
As for my work…during a few hours today, I reduced Chapter Six by a further 1215 works and 2 pages. I still have ten pages to go and I plan to end the chapter in five pages time and use the rest in a later chapter.
It’s taking longer than I’d like, though.
(Source: mswyrr, via sesinkhorn)
The weekend was writing-work free, but I managed to do a couple of hours at home on Monday. On Tuesday I spent a few hours back at the KTH library, but this time in the ‘reading room’ (photo above). Yesterday, I made a last minute decision to go to a concert and so gave up the idea of doing any work. Today, I’m at home again.
I feel suitably pleased that I’m managing to make plans to do some work - and I actually stick to them…kind of.
Anyway, Today I began editing chapter six. It’s 24 pages, which is about 10-12 pages too long. I am toying with the idea of splitting it into two chapters but I need to go through and delete stuff first to see how much is left and if it will be enough for two chapters. I have already managed to edit out 729 words and two pages so we’ll see…
I didn’t get back to the library last week, but I do have
I had furniture delivered, then I built said furniture (IKEA ftw), then I had a day of preparations before going away for two auditions on two consecutive days, then I had some PA (personal administration) to do, I returned home, and finally had a ‘double-nap day’ where all else I managed to do was some more PA and re-potting some seedlings I’ve been growing.
Today, I went to watch a dress rehearsal of a show then I came home and motivated myself to doing some writing work…and I finished editing chapter four! The one that was being a bugger.
Chapter four: was 4397 words and is now 3652 words, and has been reduced by one page from 13 to 12.
The total word count now stands at 127,521, down from 132,810.
The total page count now stands at 402, down from 414.
And so, on to chapter five of eighteen.
This blog is gradually becoming a ‘libraries of Sweden appreciation’ blog…
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.
This is the library of KTH - The Royal Institute of Technology - in Stockholm and I went there yesterday afternoon to crack on with the editing of chapter four.
It’s proving difficult but I am determined to get through it. I feel as though I may have deleted a bit too much in places, but that’s not too much of a problem as I can just copy and paste bits from an older saved version of the manuscript.
However, I don’t know if I miss some sentences and paragraphs because I’m so used to reading them (therefore, perhaps don’t need to be put back in) or because they are ‘necessary’ for the book and so should be put back.
I guess what would work for some people might not work for others and so I can’t please every reader - I can’t make the ‘perfect book’ in everyone’s eyes…
I had hoped I could return to this library tomorrow and do more work but I’m having some furniture delivered and so have to be home - perhaps I can be motivated to do some work anyway. We’ll see!
Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!
For Shakespeare, and because I love Catherine Tate and David Tennant.
Last week wasn’t as successful as the previous week in terms of getting on with the editing of The Partnership.
I had to go to Malmö for some dance-work purposes, so I lost Monday to packing, faffing, and travelling…and Tuesday was filled with teaching, planning the following classes, and socialising with a friend whom I hadn’t seen in seven years.
However, on Wednesday I managed to spend three hours reading through the changes I had made so far in chapters 1-3 in Malmö’s public library - a beautifully renovated/extended building - before more teaching and watching a show.
On Thursday I taught, then travelled home. On Friday I cleaned and tidied the apartment (I also hoovered and mopped the floors!). And yesterday and today I had my head in other things (Big Plans For the Balcony!).
I’m still daunted by chapter four and I think I’m procrastinating working on it because I know it will be a battle.
Tomorrow is a new week, though, so let’s see what it brings!