I got to the writing cabin kind of late today. Old What’s Her Face and I usually have Sunday breakfast at home, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the week. Nothing too fancy, just really nice.
It’s also the day I call my Mother and I dedicated an hour to that.
Drafting new material is my favorite part of the job. I love the process of coming up with new characters and having them interact. Today, I had to grit my teeth and start editing.
I walked into the cabin’s living room which serves as the public-facing office.
A talking yak debated something with a talking hat. A retired leg-man was discussing the breakdown of modern society with a Chinese monk woman who carried a huge guandao.
Lisa Burton, the robot girl was in a dither trying to get root monsters down from the antler chandelier.
Percy, the Space Chimp pointed a hairy finger from across the room. “I got a bone to pick with you.”
I slammed the door, and returned to my vehicle. “Nope.”
I returned home and parked myself in a spare room we use for an office. The old Mac opened the AutoCrit website just fine, and I was able to upload my manuscript. However, it never highlighted a damned thing.
It feels great to produce a perfect draft, but I never have and something was wrong. I wanted to use my iPad to make the actual edits.
The site works perfectly on the iPad, and my dreams of a perfect MS were shot down.
I wound up using the split-screen feature and the iPad for everything. This isn’t particularly easy, because the text is so small in split screen. Clicking on AutoCrit’s suggestions is a little more touchy at this small size, too.
I admit to chickening out on the big stuff and worked on The Hat story because of its size. I managed to fix all of my typical mistakes. Mostly missing punctuation. I seem to miss a lot of question marks when I draft.
I have the free version of AutoCrit, so I don’t have all of its amazing features. Still helpful with spelling and punctuation. I had one word spelled wrong about five times. At least I was consistent.
That hat story moves into the TBR editing pile. I think I’ll take on the swamp story in the morning. I dread this stuff, but it must be done.
It’s been a while since I shared a Pinterest Board. This is a good one for all authors. Sometimes we all need location and setting. Check it out and let me know what you think https://pin.it/3ILyqyc
This one has markets, catacombs, a street of birdcages, public gardens and more.