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Unfortunately, why does it have to be me?

I finished doing a line by line edit of the first three chapters of Coventry this evening. I'm really trying to be picky this time through, eliminating unnecessary phrases, sentences, adverbs, anything that might slow down the flow of the story.

Even though I have received a number of compliments on the second draft from my readers, I think though this third draft is going to be a whole lot better. wishweaver may not be speaking to me after we get done because we debate whether this sounds better than that or whether this word really needs to be there or should we just chuck the whole thing and become monks in Tibet.

(O.K., that last part might be a bit of a hyperbole, but you get the drift. We're both writers, but we have very different writing styles and backgrounds. It's great to have someone to bounce ideas off of though, and she's very good at hitting me with the "Why are you doing this? I have no doubt my stories are better thanks to her help at polishing them.)

Anyway, three chapters down, eight chapters to go. We'll get this thing done on time, I have no doubt about that. Besides, I'm planning on submitting this thing ahead of schedule anyway, since it's due on the 15th and I leave for San Diego ComiCon on the morning of the 13th. Although kradical is going to be out at SDCC also. Maybe I could just hand it to him there. . . Nah!

Shore Leave is coming up this weekend. I'll be going to it, but not as a guest, at least not this year. However, kradical has offered me a chance to sit on the S.C.E. panel since I am one of their authors. Definite kudos to the boss there. Since I'm not a guest and technically have no responsibilities at this show (which is weird, I never attend shows I'm not working), I'm going to avail myself of some of the writer's workshops this weekend and take copious notes. I may be a published author, but I'm still a realtive newbie in this business, so I never pass up an opportunity to improve my knowledge and pick the brains of people who've been doing this much longer than me (and make their living at it.)

Oh, BTW, I had my first day on the new contract today. Nothing like eight hours of reading documentation to get the work week going! I get to actually play on the machines tomorrow though. You have to know what they do before you can start to create a user's manual. I know, radical concept, eh? Course, I notice they're setting up a test machine so I can't blow up the real system. Apparently my reputation precedes me.

(sharpens his editing tools and starts preparing for tomorrow night)

Current Harbinger status:
On hold until after San Diego Comic Con


( 5 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Jul. 6th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
You have to know what they do before you can start to create a user's manual.

You, sir, are obviously not in touch with the standard practices of your contemporaries in the manual writing business. ;)
Jul. 6th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
What can I say, I'm an anomoly.

I believe in the adage, those who can, write good manuals. Those who can't, become managers.

Hope you're feeling better
Jul. 6th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
Ah. Hope you enjoy Shore Leave. I shan't be attending, alas.... Dad put a bid on a house, and we should be settling on the 20th. Which means, *ack*! All those things I never got around to packing are going in boxes, and the furniture is being broken down into bits and peices, and such like. Yikes. So I'd much rather start *now*, and get a good chunk done on my requested weekend off than have to worry about it two days before I have to move. Even if I miss a con.
Jul. 6th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
Well, since I want you to e-mail me Coventry (hard copy is pointless), handing it to me at SDCC will just result in me giving you a dirty look and saying, "Just e-mail me the fershlugginer thing." *laughs*
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
You're a fellow techwriter!
Good grief! You're a fellow techwriter! Cool!
( 5 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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