So now the real fun begins.
What I really have is a bunch of disconnected files. Some are numbered in the correct order (001, 002, 003, etc.) but some are not (Mykal_001 or devalki_notes). My job now will be to read through each file, smooth it a little, and begin forming a coherent “first draft.”
I’m not going to spend a lot of time on revisions right now, but I will be smoothing things and fixing notes to myself as I go. Stuff like [go back and change two days to three] or [lay this thread earlier] or [Sal needs to say something pithy here]. This will give me a complete picture of the draft. Did it succeed? Did I carry the heart of the Story all the way through?
I know I did on this one. It gave me chills to come back full circle and use all the elements that are precious to this story one last time. Gregar even got in an arse competition. *laughs*
This part isn’t work, not really. It’s time to wallow in the words I wrote. Luxuriate in the story I didn’t allow myself to stop and read while slamming toward the end. Once I get this draft completed, I’ll set it aside to marinate while I return to Revision Xibalba.
Now *that* is a hard revision.
Meanwhile, I plan to read myself silly. I have the entire Night Angels trilogy by Brent Weeks ready to go, along with In Too Deep by Portia Da Costa and of course the upcoming Stay the Night release by Lynn Viehl. I also know that Santa brought me two Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by C.S. Harris.
Come January, it’ll be back to Revision Xibalba while I plot and worldbuild the Bright Shiny. I need a name for it, don’t I? Hmmm. Until I get a better title, I’ll call it Rayne and Crow, two of the characters. More detailed 2009 goals will be forthcoming later.