Behold has got to be the greatest word currently in existence. Well, it’s tying with ‘flannel’. Although, I’m quite fond of ‘discombobulate’, ‘snoozle’, ‘pomegranate’… hmm, actually, there’s quite a long list of ridiculous words I like. Behold! however, has a sort of emphasis to it that just demands an exclamation mark. It’s so much more interesting than Look!, is it not?
You’re getting bored, aren’t you? What you want to know is what you are supposed to be beholding.
Okay, you probably didn’t miss me. I wasn’t gone for very long. It was plenty eventful, though, and not even in terms of the Art / writing / revision I was supposed to be doing while I was marooned with next to no internet access. I do not count being able to listen to a single song on YouTube after buffering it for an hour and a quarter on your phone as internet access, by the way. That’s just torture / overuse of data.
Too many forward slashes! Let’s go and kill another type of punctuation.
What am I even talking about?
Anyway, while I was away, my phone spontaneously combusted (factory reset, actually, for no apparent reason), so if you’re the sort of person whose number I should have and I’m apparently ignoring you as I didn’t reply to your text from Tuesday morning, sorry. Around about two pm Tuesday, my phone exploded, and I lost all my data. Luckily, my photos and stuff are all on a memory card, but it was a pain in terms of messages. Plus, no apps, and no internet to retrieve said apps. *sighs*
Oops, sorry. I meant to finish this blog post an hour and a half ago (when I started it), but I’ve just been having a hugely entertaining video call with Charley R, who was covered in furry animals most of it. No, seriously, that’s not a euphemism. Her brother threw them at her.
Anyway, other things that happened. Well, I went for walks and … I have completely lost the thread of this blog post. I’m sorry, my brain has gone. What the hell am I talking about, really, seriously?
Erm, so I finally finished a painting I spent nine hours on. And then I did some editing. The lovely Cathryn has been shredding my manuscript … if you think I’m exaggerating there, think again. This was the sixth draft when she sent it back.
As you can see she’s only really done the first twelve chapters (now the first fourteen, as I’ve randomly gained two). Yes, I’m on the SEVENTH draft of Watching. I try not to think about that. By draft I mean serious rewrite, not just little edits.
I’m having a bit of grief with one character, though. Cathryn seemed to think it’d be a good idea to write from his POV in Part 1, when previously he didn’t narrate until Part 2. I complied (and that’s where one of the chapters came from). And guess what?
His entire voice changed.
Entire – freaking – voice.
Which means, not only do I have to write all of his chapters, but also every dialogue scene he’s in (i.e, a large part of the book). Fair enough, not too hard, I’m rewriting it anyway. But he’s also in book two. And book three. Which I’ve already written. Sure, I’m planning to massively rewrite them, too, but… CORMAC, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?
Anyway, I was finding it pretty tough. I’m a bit of an old hand at rewriting this book, but at the same time, it never gets easier. Every draft has to be better.
I love that Microsoft Word seemed to feel the need to highlight my bad grammar there. As if I cared…
Also, notice my navigation bar at the side? Yes, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you – it does indeed read One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Five, Six, Seven…. on account of my randomly gaining two chapters within the first four, which was fun.
I’m off to do some more revision, Art, and writing, and at some point I’m going to be raiding Caitlin’s house for Sherlock DVDs because I feel they’re necessary, so I’m going to disappear in a puff of smoke now. BYE!
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