Thursday, November 17, 2011

Two Frustrations

I was going to turn my blog black for American Censorship Day, but the html Blogger gives me to work with is so mind-bogglingly in need of a good proofreader I chickened out of figuring out where to put the necessary code string. So that's one.

The second is, yesterday I figured out what the problem is with fixing the pacing in the lesbian Western.

It's already paced the way I like it!

The thing is, I wrote this book so I could go back in time, in company with Len, and have a good long visit in Central Texas in Spring 1865. I like all the looking around at the landscape and observation of her surroundings and savoring of food she does. Len is a person who enjoys everything there is to enjoy as much as she can while she can, and she and I are happy for it to be so.

So a lot of what I need to take out is stuff she and I, the people telling the story, care about; but can't expect the audience to.

Yeah, I'll get rid of it. Len and I are both realists and we'll be in the minority on this issue. But the more concentrated, action-oriented story I'm aiming for is one I personally will enjoy less than the one I've got. So that takes a lot of the fun out of revising.

3 comments:

  1. Don't you just hate it when all the lovely description and ramblings you love have to go? GAK!

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  2. It certainly is not my finest hour. It makes me wish I were a Victorian, because then I could leave it all in.

    Only I'd have to leave out or get really subtle with a lot of other stuff; plus, corsets, disenfranchisement, intitutionalized racism and sexism, no antibiotics, crappy birth control...so, count my blessing and kill my darlings.

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