Interview: Author Kyle Perkins

Source: Interview: Author Kyle Perkins

Source: Interview: Author Kyle Perkins

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Woah

Here she is!!

SO’s book is on Amazon! I’m so proud of him! Editing was tedious, but the fact that I was really into the story definitely helped. I hope I didn’t miss too many errors… I know there are bound to be some, since I am nowhere near a professional editor. But, I still think she’s a beaut, and I’m excited, and so proud!

Alright, just had to celebrate a little. I’ll be back with my own updates soon.

S.J.

 

Editing & Things

Editing the SO’s book is well underway. I’m very excited and I’m going to be so proud (and exhausted LOL) when it’s all done. His first novel, my first amateur editing project. I know perfection is improbable, but I’m going to get it as close to perfect as I possibly can.

Together, we also wrote our first back-cover copy for his novel, which was a bit of a challenge. The feedback has been very positive so far, so I think for a pair of know-nothings, we did well! This blog post helped immeasurably.

I should have the editing done within the next few days, and then I’ll be back to significant updates with my own writing.

Here’s a link to the Facebook page for Kyle’s book. HYPE HYPE HYPE!! lol

TTFN,

S.J.

 

More projects, please!

Guess what I’m doing today?

Proofreading. EEK!

It’s not for myself, but it’s the next best thing! My S.O. is just about finished with his first draft and I’m running through it to help as much as I can. I’m afraid we may have a “blind leading the blind” sort of situation here (an editor I am not) but I think I can help catch anything obvious.

It’ll be nice to have something to read/work on when I need a break from my own keyboard, and I’m excited to see where this story goes. I read a few chapters back when he first started the book, and I really enjoyed it. I’ll be sure to share a link here to my nonexistant readers (lol) for when he puts the book up on Amazon.

Now I’d better get back to obsessively researching punctuation and grammar rules that I already know because I’m terrified I’ll make an incorrect adjustment to his book.

Signing off for now,

S.J.

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Checking in

So, even though I am not posting fresh blogs as I go, I have been trying to update my word tracker as I write. I have to say, it is very gratifying to chip away at that goal and watch the bar move little by little.

Sometimes, I go back and rearrange or rewrite parts of the book. Those days are a little frustrating because it feels like no forward progress is being made, my characters are still stuck, suspended indefinately mid-conversation until I get around to moving the plot forward. And part of me thinks (knows) that I will never truly feel that it is 100% perfect. I’ll always read a part and think, “You know what? There’s a better way to say that.” But, I will get it as close to perfect as I possibly can. Maybe once it’s finished I will tweak it so frequently and so often that eventually I will get bored with it and send it out just so that I won’t be tempted to change anything else. I don’t know.

I’m also looking at submitting a few short stories here and there for various literary contests, because… well… why not?

I’m afraid those are the only updates I have for now. Here are some online fridge magnets to play with. I used to have a set of these… It was always fun to check out the refrigerator after a fun night of drinking with friends. Interesting, the phrases an intoxicated mind will come up with.

Fridge Poetry

Later,

S.J.

Eek! Yes, I am still here.

I have been slacking on the updates, I know. Obviously, I jinxed myself in my past posts by commenting on how this blog keeps me accountable.

Truth be told, it’s difficult for me to focus on much during the holiday season. I have a big, wonderful family and we are all about celebrating all the special days to the fullest. So, I’ve been a bit distracted and my creativity has not been where I needed it to be in order to finish up this book.

I have mixed feelings about my hiatus. On one hand, I really would’ve liked to have finished my rough draft by the end of the year. On the other, I am glad I didn’t force it… when I am feeling uninspired, my writing reads less like an exciting fantasy epic and more like a bland encyclopedia entry.

Lesson learned and note taken: In the future, get everything done before October. Just to be on the safe side.

On the positive side of things, I did work through a few plot points that I wanted to straighten out, and I’ve made some revisions and edits to what I had already written. As far as word count progress goes, I’m back to chipping away at that. I’ve finally reached the estimated halfway point, and I feel that with a more stable path in mind for my characters and my story, the rest will come a bit easier and a bit quicker, now.

I plan to update my word count widget as I plow through these last chapters, but I am unsure of how frequently I will be making blog posts.

Somehow, I get the feeling that 100 entries of, “I wrote some more words and stuff,” might get a smidge dull after a while.

Until next time,

SJ