Editing is Cool

I am not an English Major. I did okay in my English classes, I think I have a pretty decent grasp of how to string words together, but it’s been a long time since I’ve diagrammed a sentence. I also overuse commas. Like, a LOT. I actually like the editing process, because it reminds me about those long-forgotten grammar rules, and teaches me stuff I didn’t know. For example, I recall being taught, that for names that end in ‘s’, you just put the apostrophe at the end, without an extra s. “Russ’ shoes” On the current round of edits, I learned that according to the Chicago Manual of Style1, either is technically correct, but the preference is to add the additional s: “Russ’s shoes” Word and...

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Growing Up White Bread

The area I grew up was not, at the time, especially racially diverse. My high school yearbook is packed somewhere (if it didn’t get pitched in the last move) but I can recall only one African-American family (and one incident where a teacher said something horribly offensive) and other than a couple exchange students, I’m not recalling anyone who was Mexican-American. So, I find things like this article on racial origins by stirringwind on tumblr very important, and very personally helpful. In a lot of ways, I think our culture teaches us that melanin content = race, and that is not the case. And that’s something I’m trying to work on, as one of my goals is to be more inclusive as an author. I am trying to make my casts more racially...

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Blurbs

Blurbs

I — am not a fan of writing blurbs. Mostly because I don’t feel I’m good at it, and I put it off to the last minute, and then it moves from a task to a TASK and isn’t fun. But I discovered something during the editing process for Dog Days March that’s making me try to re-frame how I think about, and tackle writing blurbs. As I sat down and picked the story apart for what to include in the blurb, some themes popped out at me that I hadn’t given a whole lot of thought to in the writing process. I’m not at the point as a writer where I consciously think about all those little threads under the surface, so going through like that pointed some things out to me that I hadn’t noticed before. I was able to tweak the...

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Growing Up

Growing Up

Growing up is weird. I’m sure you’ve all been asked (or been the asker) of the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I think inherent in that question is the assumption that there is some threshold where on one side you are a child, and on the other side, you are grown up. I can see reinforcement in this idea in fairy tales where the protagonist goes through some trial and is then accepted and/or given status by the community. (The fact this often coincides with marriage is another post entirely.) Some events in my personal life have me thinking a lot lately on what it means to be a grown up, and whether we ever finish the process of “growing up.” Then today I ran across this post about Dean Winchester’s...

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The Roof, The Roof, The Roof is Not Done

As the title suggests, the roof of my apartment complex is still under construction. I have high hopes that they are nearing the end, as the tar-paper is on, and I believe they were blowing insulation into it last week. Hopefully that just means a few more days of getting the actual shingles on and they’ll be gone. I really hope so, because I’m tired of the generator immediately outside my primary window. In writing news, I have gotten some done, though I am super unfocused, and bouncing from project to project like a ferret on crack. It’s not helping that all the current projects I am interested in are at about the same point: needing to sit down and timeline out the plot/iron out plot points. My process so far is pretty much: get an idea, bang...

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