I’m on a P. G. Wodehouse binge because I was getting too dark in my own novel and because it’s summer and in the summer, the best place to laugh is Blanding’s Castle. Also you have to love an author who replies to his critics this way: Continue reading
I will get pictures of my work up on Instagram this week, I swear, but until then I give you something much, much better: Karin Pfeiff Boschek’s pie art.
I don’t see how anybody could cut into these, they’re that beautiful.
So what did you make this week?
First, thank you all VERY much for the feedback. It’s enormously helpful, and I have made the changes noted. Never apologize for nit-picking, that’s practically the definition of copy editing. Continue reading
I’m a big fan of laughing as a path to happiness.
Psychology Today explains: Continue reading
Today is Knit-in-Public Day.which I choose to see as Crochet-in-Public Day or possibly as Weave-in-Public Day, or Fiber-Craft-in-Public Day and what I want to know is, does anybody actually need a special day to craft in public? Is knitting an essentially private occupation? (No, knitting circles have been around forever.) Do people run away screaming when I dig out my crochet hook at the dentist? (No, they ask questions.) Do the cops show up and say, “Now, now, none of this”? (Depends on what you’re knitting.) I could see National Knitting Day or Internation Crochet Week just to celebrate the craft, it’s the “in public” part that baffles me. Of course, I’m an easy baffle.
Get out there and flash your fiber, people.
Diane commented on Tuesday:
I’m asking this in all seriousness, but what do editors do? I’ve heard authors talk about working with their publishers’ editors. Do they read and make alterations? Because it seems like you are doing so much analyzing and rewriting. What is it that editors are doing?
They do a helluva lotta things including deal with the editorial boards, the marketing department, the PR department, the author, the author’s agent . . . but I think you’re asking specifically about how editors edit a manuscript, right?
The simplest answer to your question is that it’s really rude to give any kind of editor a text you know isn’t right because it means you’re shoving off work that you can do and leaving it to her to fix things in the way she thinks best, which is possibly not the way you wanted. If it’s broken, fix it before it gets to her. I always know my editors (Jen and the copy editor) will find mistakes I can’t see, so I need fix the ones I can see, so they can see the text clearly enough to make it better. If I slow them down with a lot of stuff I can fix, I’m hurting their ability to edit. That’s just dumb. If you work with professionals, you should be professional.
A longer answer involves more caveats because editing is a very personal relationship because editors, like writers, comes in all degrees of usefulness and outlook. Continue reading
I had forgotten how funny P. G. Wodehouse is, but I had never noticed what a great plotter he was. I’m reading Leave It To Psmith for the first time, and that plot is like a Chinese puzzle box. You just don’t notice it at first because you’re laughing so hard. I just had to put down the iPad because the noxious Baxter, stalking our heroine in the dark to find out where she hid the necklace she didn’t steal, trod on the golf ball that FreddyThreepwood had left in the hall and fell down the stairs:
“. . . he took the entire staircase in one majestic, volplaning sweep. There were eleven stairs in all separating his landing from the landing below, and the only ones he hit were the third and the tenth. He came to rest with a squattering thud on the lower landing, and for a moment or two the fever of the chase left him.”
It helps if you know what a tick Baxter is and what a sweetheart Eve is, but still, writing visual slapstick is really difficult. I don’t know what’s so damn funny about “the third and the tenth” but it is. But still what I most marveled at is the plot, which is based on stealing a necklace and then replacing it, and because the people who want the necklace stolen (for good purposes) are so benignly inept, a cast of thousands ends up trying to steal the damn thing and then playing Keep Away with it. So. Much. Fun.
I also read a terrific YA, Withering by the Sea, full of beautiful drawings and bizarre events and a dastardly villain and singing cats and a girl heroine beset by three Awful Aunts. It was so good I bought the sequel, which is equally charming.
What did you read this week?
It is now definitely summer which means I now definitely have to get my plants in, some of which are transplanted wildflowers that are growing in the old driveway that I use as backup parking. I’m torn between tick-preventative tear-out-all-the-wildflowers-and-grasses and bird-and-bee encouraging leave-everything-grow. I think it’s going to be leave them for the birds and the bees and do perimeter mulching. Decisions.
What are you making this week?
I divided the first act of Nita into four parts (not chapters, we talked about this, remember?) and then Caryn suggested TagCrowd, and I ran all four parts through that to look at word frequency. That was illuminating.
A commenter took us down.
Someone who shall be nameless enabled comment notification (you get an e-mail every time there’s a comment) and then decided she didn’t want the e-mails and so marked them as spam over and over and over . . .
Our web host shut us down because it thought we were a spam site.
That meant that Mollie had to deal with the web host, who was rightly protecting the net, while trying to get the commenter to stop marking e-mails as spam. She lost a good chunk of her weekend because of this, and of course, we lost the blog for the better part of two days. So comment notification has now been disabled.
The only information of yours we store on here are your e-mails/ISPs so you can comment without waiting for approval, and of course, we don’t sell the e-mail list, so no worries about the shut-down on your end. On our end, we’re still fuming and trying to make sure it never happens again. Please, if you’re having a problem with e-mails from this site, which you shouldn’t have because we never send any, LET US KNOW. Don’t mark them as spam unless you want Argh to go under again.