Editing, Reading, and Sunsets

When I said I wasn’t going to stress if I didn’t blog on time, or if I didn’t blog at all during May, I hadn’t really expected to up and drop off the blogging scene for nearly a week. In fact, each day I awoke with the expectation of blogging, but then as the day wore on and I hadn’t sat down to blog, I decided to just try again the next day. (And obviously, that thought process was on repeat.)

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Yesterday I edited for twelve hours – basically straight. (I mean, I did stop to swing a few times, make rice, and of course to watch the sunset. But other than that, little ol’ me just sat and edited.) While editing, I came to the conclusion (once again) that it’s simply so much fun to accomplish.

I’ve been resting a lot this week, just like I’d decided to. But resting isn’t always fun. Editing until I’m exhausted though? Now that’s more my style. Plus, I drank coffee to help keep me going, because coffee is amazing. Unfortunately coffee also has that crazy side affect of keeping me awake until all hours of the morning, but at least I was able to catch up on some reading. (Who am I kidding? I’ve read ten books and twelve days – there’s pretty much no reading to “catch up” on.)

While editing, I was rather astonished by how many words I was able to cut out of When Life Hands You Lymes. Y’all. I was working on draft twenty. I’ve been editing and re-writing this book for over two years now. I thought the story was good and done by December of last year. I’d already cut the story from 150,000 words down 80,500 words. And yet, somehow, somewhere, during this draft I found 4,500 words to cut. I’m not sure how much more of this my book (or me!) can take. In reality though, it made the book a lot better. And so it’s worth it.

 

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And that, my friends, is a quick glimpse at my life recently. Lots of reading. Editing. Resting. I even got to eat some freshly-picked sugarcane, which of course was yummy. And watching the sunset every night…. That’s one of my favorite parts of being here. I’ll have to show y’all pictures of it sometime. (The picture in this post is of the one and only time I got up in time to watch the sunrise since arriving.)

What have y’all been up to?

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