Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sorry

Hi,

sorry for not posting anything interesting this week. I cought a bug and have to stay in bed. Revision is going fine, I'll write more next week.

For those interested: Here is the link to my webpage with detailed information on Holly Lisle's course "How to Think Sideways" (Deutsch, English)

Cat

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

revision

Hi,

I have previousely mentioned that I already started teh revision of "Thicker Than Water" (TTW). With Holly's one pass revision it was so easy to spot the weak scenes and to figure out how to make them stronger. I am so glad I took this course. So many of Holly's techniques save me a lot of time. If I look at TTW: it took me less that three months from the outline to the finished draft (including revision and regardless of the fact that I didn't write much in December).

What I enjoyed most in this project was that none of the characters did things I hadn't planned. I did deviate a bit from the original storyline but the characters are still those I had planned. This story for once was more fun than work to write. I hope that my future stories will go equally well.

The next step, after typing in my revision notes, is to work my way through spelling once more. After that I will return to the revision of "Victor's Wut", the second volume in the Waldmann-family-saga. I promise to translate it as fast as I can.

Enjoy your life,
Cat

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Too Little Time

Hi,

I think that somehow the days have too little time. Has it been like that the other years too? I can't remember. Today, for example, we went swimming with the kids, I folded loads of dry clothes and helped my daughter's friend with her English vocabulary. And that's it, another day gone by. If I am not too tired (and if I don't watch TV tonight which I haven't done since I started NaNo - except for the news at 8pm) I might get some reading done on "Thicker Than Water". Luckily, with Holly's revision technique I get along much faster than with previous projects. I'm already half way through the book. It might take another week or two to get everything typed in but I will be done in time for the great "Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award". If only their server doesn't break down with millions of authors trying to register at the same time.

Sometimes, I really wish for longer minutes ... and for a set of four tentacles in addition to my hand ... and a second head with a good brain would be quite helpful, too. Heck, while we're at it, another me would be wonderful. Preferably someone who loves doing the dishes and cleaning the house. I'd take care of the kids and the writing, thank you-no me. Guess, it would be rather confusing to be two people at the same time, wouldn't it.

Wish you a lot of fun with "What if...",
Cat

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The End

Hi,

I just typed The End under my current project "Thicker Than Water" (look at novel info if you follow this link). As always it is a bit shorter than it should have been but I have a lot of comments in the margins where more description is needed. Over the rest of the week I will flesh out the skeleton of my story and print the first few chapters for the revision. This time I will try Holly Lisle's "One Pass Revision" (from the Think Sideways course) because the full manuscript has to be done by 2nd of February. I want to enter it in the "Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award".

This award is sponsored by the amazon-group and by Penguin. Even if I don't make it to the top it will be quite an experience, I think. The first and foremost though will be to get the story polished enough so that the all the people judging the different stages will like my story. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Cat

Saturday, January 3, 2009

my kids' project

Hi,

Happy New Year to you all. I have been busy doing things my kids wanted me to do. This is one thing we came up with:



Hope you like it,
Cat