Friday, May 29, 2009

Taking out the Big Guns

... or computer.

How I feel about this rewrite wavers daily. It's overwhelming. This is the very last time I'm rewriting it. Period. From now on, I'm editing - or I'm moving on to another book.

Of course, if someone wants to buy it and offer me money to rewrite it, I'll happily change my mind. --hahaha

Knowing I'm not doing this again is... FREEING. So far it's been a lot of fun. Right now I'm in it to make myself laugh and fall in love. I'd lost sight of that.

I've been playing with my MC's voice a bit. Seeing how far I can push her without her sounding overbearing, or how much I can pull back to show her vulnerability without making her look like a wet noodle.

I have decided to use my last draft as extensive outline -- keeping the parts I love and dropping what I don't. There are large portions of plot that I'm going to keep. Granted, I may have to change much (or all) of the actual writing so that it reflects the MC's new voice.

The best way to do that is to work with the versions side-by-side. Something that is super easy on my desktop. However, I can not think in the living room. For some reason, in this house, I am only productive when I'm working upstairs alone in my bedroom (go figure *wink*). I'd love to have an office but, hey, it is what it is.

Out comes the laptop. My current laptop, while perfect for writing trips to Starbucks, stinks for side-by-side work. It's only as big as a wallet. I can barely see one Word document, let alone two!

I got out my 17" behemoth. It was one of those buys where after I got it home I thought, what was I thinking?! It's HUGE! It was quickly replaced with something a little more reasonable.

Once I got it set up (after the trouble of finding the plug...) I realized it's perfect for what I need. I'm happily writing upstairs by myself. Ahhhh nice.

I love this computer now! I'm fickle. I know it. I own it. Moving on...

Bekah strolled into my room last night and did a double take. "Where did that come from? It's huge! Where's the tiny one?"

Steven (who was on the bed with Seth and me) said, "She fed it."

I nodded. "Yeah, food and water."

Steven gave me the 'you're seriously dumb' look. "NOT water."

"Er, right." I admit, that wasn't the brightest thing to say in light of her previously 'washing' my iPod and Steven's computer. "Not water. Computers can't have water, they're like Gremlins."

"Gremlins?" she asked.

Seth was more than happy to fill her in. "You know, those crazy monster things. They can't have water, they can't go in the sun and... What's the other one, Daddy?"

"They can't eat after midnight."

"Right." Seth nodded.

Okay... Let's just back up right there. I needed to know something. "Seth, you haven't watch Gremlins in over a year. How did you remember that?"

"I remember everything." He tapped at his head.

"Yeah... and you still can't read."

He huffed. "That I don't want to remember!"

4 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're sounding better about that rewrite. One more time, much easier to manage than infinity:)

    Seth remembers very important stuff. That Gremlin knowledge will come in handy someday, I'm sure.

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  2. I love my 15 inch but I REALLY want a mini to tote around with me, especially since I'll be taking the kids over to my dad's a lot this summer.

    Glad your behemoth is working out for the rewrite though!

    Also, I haven't watched Gremlins since I was very young because it scared the crud out of me and gave me nightmares for months. I STILL can't bring myself to watch it even though I know it would seem totally lame now.

    *sigh*

    There's some childhood trauma for you. LOL.

    Anyway, I love the conversations you have with your kids. Always good for entertainment.

    : )

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  3. Like father like son. Jean

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  4. I don't understand why you can't get anything done in the living room with everyone down there making noise, asking for things, etc. ;)

    Seth, Seth, Seth. He remembers what gremlins can and can't have? ROFL

    And seriously, Bekah is going to think that if she feeds her dolls they can be life-size like her.

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