Sprucin’ it up: Feet or Fins

Canva image that is now in the updated paperback

I went over my first novel, Feet or Fins, the other day and Jesus, did I let a bunch of stuff slide. Just using the editing tool in Word revealed so many errors. I was only planning on adding a chapter image I found in Canva. It was only a chapter heading, but I saw the dreaded red and blue squiggly lines.

I had to go back and fix a bunch of stuff. I can understand why people end up wanting to take down their first works. But I’m not ashamed of what I’ve created. I didn’t do a complete overhaul of the manuscript, just fixing up smaller grammar and punctuation. But I do think it has improved the story 🙂

Another Edit Complete

What originally started as a 6-ish thousand intro to my longest manuscript ever, has turned into a nine and a half thousand word prequel to the same manuscript.

Every time I finish an edit I think to myself, good it’s almost done. But then I go back and edit it again and I’m like wtf? Why am I seeing all these mistakes and poor writing? I thought I got rid of it last time.

I guess the saying you never really finish a work, you just get tired of it, rings true (or there abouts).

Well, I have finished my latest draft and I think it’s pretty decent 🙂 Maybe I might even bring up my publication date 🙂 I had actually forgotten that the date was April 30th. I thought it was the 1st of April so I rushed through another edit and cover creation. But when I realised I was like ha! At least I’m up to date. So I think this story will be out by then or even sooner.

Four day mini-holiday

It’s super snowy in Utrecht atm and work closed down on Sunday. But fortunately for me I had Saturday, Monday and Tuesday off, so with Sunday added, I had a four day break 🙂 Because everything is cold and miserable with a thick layer of snow I’m stuck inside, setting my laptop up on the kitchen table because it ended up being the warmest part of the house.

On Saturday I spent it adding to a novel that had been on the back burner since ’18. I’m not sure what genre it fits into atm, but maybe magical realism? It’s set in an alternative world with mostly current technology and focuses on a generation of individuals who are descended from a ruling class of people who possessed telepathy and telekineses, but had been massacred by the general population. So far the book is 60k but I’m planning on making it into either two long books or a trilogy. I’m going to finish the entire story first before publication.

On Sunday I spent it doing nothing and felt bad about it. I couldn’t seem to get my head in order and nothing happened.

On Monday I edited a 42 page novella (yes that many pages) that I completed last year. I made up a cover image for it and I think it will be ready for publication in a few more edits. The tag line for this tale is, A supernatural tale of lust and human sacrifice. I think I wrote the entire thing in under a week. It’s divided into five parts instead of chapters and it has a lot of bumping uglies in it lol. I think I might have to alter the end as it is more telling vs showing. But I would not be afraid to publish it as it.

On Tuesday I again did not do anything productive 😦

First draft of Becoming Stardust

I completed the first draft of Becoming Stardust the day before my self-imposed deadline 🙂 Below is the image of what editing I did to this document. I tell you what; the editing was a mental chore. It’d take me hours to get through a section. I added 2k words and expanded a few scenes. I know I improved it and it’ll be a few more edits before it’s complete.

New Years Resolutions

F-U-C-K I-T.

I’m going to aim high and release three stories this year. I haven’t made a concrete decision on what stories I’ll be focusing on but who cares? Currently, I have a ton of novellas and novelettes more than novels so it’ll probs be those stories instead of actual novels. It’s been a while since I worked on my sci-fi stories (there are quite a few) so I might look over those.