Monday, June 3, 2013

One Project Down, A Bazillion to Go

Finally!! I finished the revisions on ALIEN DESIRES (that would be Book #5) and it’s now ready for readers. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever finish it. Don’t know why it was so hard, either. I think a lot of it was just making sure I wouldn’t have to revise it again (editing, I’m okay with). We’ll see if I get my wish. I’d like to think all my readers love it to pieces, but I know better. Really. I do. Don’t you believe me?

Today I start back on BITE ME, I’M YOURS (that would be Book #1). I have some little things to fix, but I need to figure out how to cut some of it (it’s about 16,000 words too long for my editor--and I want to give it to her to read). I figure if I go through the pre-edit checklist (like I did for My Sunny Vampire) that should help. I also need to ask myself the same question my editor did with that story - Is this necessary? I hope I’m able to answer honestly. Yeah, cutting stuff isn’t my favorite thing. Heck, I’m sure every writer feels that way.

Sunday felt like a nice free day (especially with that long project finally finished) so my husband and I watched two movies  we own on DVD. We discovered they were quite similar, too. “This Means War” starred Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon. “Killers” starred Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. Have you seen either? Killers came out two years before War, yet I don’t remember it ever being in the theatre. I found the DVD in the $5.00 bin at Walmart and I liked the actors, so I bought it. After watching it (and it was cute - we'd seen worse, much worse), we then watched War (which we had seen in the theatre) and that’s when I realized how similar the movies were. There was lots of action (spy shoot-em-ups/blow-em-ups), romance (where the woman is kind of in the dark) and some crazy (bizarre) stuff thrown in there. Even though they were similar, it made for a nice evening and gave my brain a break!

On Saturday, the Penguins lost the first game in the Eastern finals (bummer!), but I have high hopes they’ll win tonight. They better!! I want to see them go all the way. I'm greedy like that.
So, what was the last movie you saw?

Have yourself a great Monday. 




Maria Zannini said...

Re: Yeah, cutting stuff isn’t my favorite thing.

I always have to add story. LOL!

Re: movies
Sadly, we've been so busy lately, I've not been able to sit down and watch one movie since winter.

We're dying to see the latest Trek movie, but we've got company.

:le sigh:

Jennifer Shirk said...

Movies...movies...Hmm...the last one I rented was Soul Surfer. And you don't want to know the last one I saw in the theater. It was a LONG time ago. LOL

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Good luck with your revisions! Bite Me is a really good story. :)

I don't watch many movies - I think the last one was Blade Runner - an old classic I decided my daughter needed to see. She really liked it, and I had fun noticing all kinds of cool details I didn't remember from before.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - Yeah, I usually add, too. But I'm finding it easy to cut today. Don't know what that means!

Jennifer - Never heard of Soul Surfer. Should I bother?

Jennette - Thanks about Bite Me. Hopefully, I make it BETTER!

The Happy Whisk said...

Sorry about the game. As for those Wally World bins, I love finding good deals there.

As for cutting, I always liked that part. I had to do it back in the day when I did interviews. Get a 2.5 phone interview cut down to 1000-1500 words.

Nice challenge.

PS: As for the pens, I don't remember using them their first go about. But I am loving the FriXion. So much fun.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Yeah, sometimes I can find some good deals in the $5 bin. Of course, I've found some duds, too! :)

Michael Seese said...

Regarding the 16,000 words...yes, it's hard to kill our "darlings," isn't it?

Regarding movie: Life Of Pi. (I'm not counting Planet 51, which we watched with the kids.)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Michael - We watched A LOT of movies with the kids that I loved just as much as adult movies (we just laughed at different things!).

The Happy Whisk said...

True. But all in all fun. Best Buy was doing something with a deal when we bring in old DVDs, we can get new ones for cheaper - but it was a few weeks ago and I don't recall the details.

Back in the day, we'd take our old DVDs to Blockbuster or GameStop for trade-in. I liked doing that.