Copyediting and Christmas--found! But now Anticlimactic...
They don't go so well together. Christmas at our house means fires and chocolate and board games and books and animals and movies and family and friends and more chocolate and then dinner and it all makes one so... sleepy. But no! Must finish! And so I have been waking up after falling asleep in the living room, dining room, den or kitchen (tricky but can definitely be done), at one, two or three a.m. getting into bed with my gigantic stack of pages and editing. Not my most productive time of day to work it must be said.
But I have done it! Five hundred and ten pages later the "To Do" stack is gone and the "Done" stack is enormous. Unfortunately I do not trust myself and cannot remember half of what I did, undid or should have done and so I am going back over all five hundred and ten pages. My dog, who is under a blanket under the manuscript is very pleased as he does not want me to get out of my pajamas, get up from this chair or go out of the house. This dog inspires a terrible brand of multiple days in pajamas type laziness. That is totally appropriate for today as I was up for most of the night (my own fault as I wanted to watch All About Eve with my mom--unfortunately watching Bette Davis makes me want to write everything in a Bette Davis voice--not good for the 17th century).
But now it is done-ish. Unless I check it over one more time. To do:510 pages. Done:0 pages. Happy dog, happy dog, who's a happy dog?
Plum Bean is a catch phrase in my family for going out on a limb and following that inner directive that tells you to do something absolutely contrary to logic, reason, common sense and statistics. Plum Bean has led me to move to a country where I knew no one (twice), talk to strangers, ask a famous playwright if she might like my help (amazingly she did), meet my best friends, jump off a cliff, do a PhD, bring home stray animals and write a novel.
This blog is about my adventures in publishing, writing, reading and generally living a plum bean life.
I am so happy you are here.
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