Monday Musings: Finished? Now, What?, Even More Snow, and Books

I called The End on the novel revision about a week ago. It’s a tough thing, at least for me. I mean, you can always make it better, right? Up to a point, yes. And, then, you have to realize that you have done all that you can, at least at that point. When I notice I am niggling over a single word, and the change doesn’t really make a big difference, then I know I’m at that point. It took a long time to convince myself of that. There was a time when I would go on and on with silly, unimportant “edits,” and tell myself that it was what had to be done. But I reached that point in this one, and I said, “Done.” So, now what?

It is in the hands of a few readers now. One who has been with it since the beginning of the draft, and a couple fresh eyes. I wanted to get it read, start to finish, in it’s full form. I’d had readers giving me feedback on a chapter by chapter basis as I drafted, but now, I want to see how it hangs together as a whole. *bites nails* After that, well, it depends. More edits, if needed. And I have plans for this one once it is at the Final Done point.

So what do I do while waiting for them to finish? Obviously, move on to something else. I’m having a bit of a tough time with that. Not that I don’t have other things to do, but I’ve been with these characters and this story for so long, it’s hard to stop thinking about it. I did finish up a fanfic I started last May. Another one at the point where I just had to say: Done! I think I am going to dive into re-reading and polishing up the outline for the occult fantasy I did for a previous NaNoWriMo. I think the draft is done, although I seem to remember something wanky with the ending. Well, that’s what revising is for, right?

We ended up with about 2 feet of snow in that last storm. And guess what? Another foot or so tonight is forecast, with more later in the week. Uh, look, Mother Nature, I realize you’ve been a bit behind on the snow this year, but did you have to make it all up in the same fortnight?

The dog was not happy with the snow, at first. He wouldn’t even try to go into the deep stuff. He stayed on the cleared sidewalk and driveway. Now, since I’ve trudged through to the bird feeders and chicken coop, he’s been going out and running in the trails I made. He even made a short one of his own. I’m not sure he loves it, but he’s getting out, at any rate.

It is Super Bowl Sunday as I write this. We will watch the game, because we just enjoy football, but with the Packers not there, it won’t be the same. The BaldMan wants Seattle to win. I really don’t much care. I’m not a Pats fan, and I don’t particularly like either Brady or Belichick. Brady is a good QB, but he’s a jerk most of the time. And Belichick wins, yes, but he’s not exaclty a stellar human being, either. And I don’t like the SeaChickens. Plus, they just have plain ugly uniforms. So, as far as cheering for a team this year? Meh. I just hope it’s a decent game, and worth watching.

I rearranged my TBR shelf this week. There is *gasp* space on the second one! How did that happen? Oh, there are plenty of books there, to be sure, and even more on my computer and Kindle. I’m just not used to seeing those shelves not crowded. Gee, you’d think I was reading or something!

Now, let’s make sure the snow shovel is easy to reach!


Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

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