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Ha - so it looks like I wrote in June of 2009 this:

"So the 'revisions' on my novel, which I amusingly thought would take me two or three months, are so far more like 95 percent rewrites. I can't see finishing this thing before the end of the year. That's okay, I tell myself, the more care I spend on this next draft, the better it will be."

By August I was, supposedly, 1/4 done. Amusingly, I (apparently) thought then that I might finish it in 2010. Is that was I was implying? Not sure. It was so long ago... and I was a different person... Though 95 percent rewriting still seems fairly accurate. I'm 1/3 of the way through it. Maybe?

This is all to say that I'm back in the mines for this particular novel. I gave up working on it shortly after my 2009 post, but a few months ago I had a sudden spark of an idea (at night, of course, which kept me from falling asleep until I wrote it down), a plan whereby I might resurrect "Cuculo" -- the name of the beast -- this beast, anyway -- and starting on January 1st, 2011, I put that plan into effect. Two of the four view point characters were deleted. Sorry, I just wasn't that into you. A third was added. Sorry, entire imaginary culture, for not letting you tell your side of the story in that last draft. Now that you have a voice, though, don't expect to be all that sympathetic any more!

"'I'm afraid that implementing such a request is not within my authority,' said [R.] [S.F.] could tell it was a favorite phrase. This was a man who had honed his lowliness to razor sharpness. A man who loved nothing more that to use his lack of authority as a soft, dry bludgeon, a crumbling fungus."

There's something awful and at the same time wonderful in throwing away 50,000 words you've spent weeks writing. I recommend it to everyone.
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Date:February 13th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)


I think I've met that person.

I'm even more curious about this novel now.
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Date:February 14th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Hm, I haven't had that awfully wonderful opportunity yet... I look forward to it.

With the sort of nauseous elation you feel coming down the front of a Ferris wheel, that is.
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Date:February 14th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
You'll enjoy it, I'm sure. And it's not nearly so nauseating as some might have you think.
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Date:February 14th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yes! Yes! I will do it tonight!

Love the line.
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