Today was a good day for productivity. Ideas and energy to do something with them came from all over. A few were related to things I’m actively working on. A few got backburnered.
Some ideas and “plot points” (for lack of a better phrase) came together for STRANDED and I got 1000 words out on it without too much wailing or gnashing of teeth. An okay wordcount by most standards, but a stupendously and massively awesome wordcount on a project that’s been stalled for a while.
I submitted 5 old poems to a publisher yesterday two days ago. That feels like progress.
First instinct is to mention where I sent stuff. Is it bad form to do that? Who knows–could be. To be safe, I’ll keep it to myself.
I also did another round of edits on PIPES and its now in the hands of a preview reader before I send it out. That also feels like progress.
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There’s a pile of papers on my desk that I should probably go through. Story notes, random thoughts and scribblings, lists of projects, and so on. Rooted through it a bit and found a piece of paper hearkening back to my days of heavy editing on the Norton’s Ghost novel.
It’s a collection of “problem words” and whatnot, along with some numbers. I was going through the manuscript and using search functions to find said words and eliminate them. I also wrote them down so that I can revisit the list whenever I edit another story and scrub them out. For instance, in whichever round of editing this was, I went from 364 uses of the word “just” to 126. That’s a 66% improvement (or thereabouts).
Some of the other words I worked to remove were:
- really (117 down to 21)
- quite (30 down to 9)
- maybe (110 to 78; sometime tells me I could have done better there)
- some of
- sat there
- I feel
- continued _____ (verb in blank)
The rest don’t have numbers written next to them. I feel rather guilty for putting them in there in the first place, but think I vindicated myself pretty well overall by seeing to their removal.