Yeah, but it’s the path I’ve chosen, and I’m not gonna whine. In fact, I made a lot of progress inside the yurt colony, and it’s exciting.
The last one-fourth (possibly one-third) of the book was chaotic and unsatisfactory. But after hours of agonizing inside a ridiculous structure, I’ve figured out how to fix most of the problems, I think. And that fires me up.
On the second day I was working on a certain plot point that needed resolving, and was hitting a wall. I’d been working for ten hours that day, and was foundering. Finally, I just packed everything up, and went home.
There were a few dirty dishes in the kitchen sink, so I started washing them. And while I wiped lip-residue off glasses, the PERFECT resolution popped into my head. And I think I actually pumped my fist in the air, like Billy Idol.
Oh yes, it was a beautiful moment, and I was still smiling like an idiot while removing suds from the ceiling.
This book that I’m writing is designed for entertainment purposes only, I make no claims to literature, or anything of the sort. I just want the reader to have fun and laugh.
But, even so, it’s a difficult process. I need the ending to be satisfactory. I can’t just stop telling the story at some arbitrary point, and walk away, like I do at TheWVSR. The book must have a real beginning, middle, and end.
So… I’m taking the week of Memorial Day off from work, to try to get it right. And between now and then, I’m gonna take Thursday and Friday as well. I’ll try to post site updates Sunday through Wednesday, but I can’t make any promises about Sunday. In any case, it’s only a few weeks.
I have some heavy-hitters lined up to read the second draft, including three published authors and an ex-Letterman writer (also a published author, now that I think about it). The Letterman guy is compliments of Duff, of course. I don’t travel in such circles, here in Scranton.
Once their feedback is received, and I fix whatever problems they identify, I’m gonna send the manuscript to my agent and start whipping — WHIPPING! — my hands through my hair.
A little over a month from now I should be finished with this part of the adventure. And I’m hoping the book will be sold to a publisher, of course. But that’s not a given. I have a great agent, so that certainly helps, but I’m not counting my chicken sandwiches before they’re hatched. First time author… humor novel… these are negatives. So, I’ve got to be realistic.
At the same time though, I’m pumped. It feels like everything’s finally coming together.
They don’t know it yet, but I’m going to ask the Angry White Guy, Metten, Buck, and Brad to write guest posts for the Memorial Day week. I’m not going to have time to do anything, but don’t want the site to be dormant for so long.
And I hope this update isn’t too boring for you guys. But it’s what’s on my mind at the moment. What’s dominating your thoughts on this beautiful (in the Upper Perogie Belt anyway) Sunday?
What’s going on? Anything?
I’ll post a “normal” update on Monday.
See ya then!