For the past two weeks I’ve been working like a fury on book revisions, doing those last tweaks and polishes in an effort to get the story and characters exactly right. And the dialogue … pesky qualifiers begone! My latest deadline is the end of this month — eek! — and next week I resume teaching at the university — double eek! — so I’m juggling a lot at the moment.
Unpacking after the Great Move continues to wait, although I have to say I’m growing just a tad weary of Braum’s cheeseburgers and have gone as far as locating the box labeled “forks.” That box, however, isn’t yet opened because the book comes first.
But to get back to book information: the title is now official. It’s CRYSTAL BONES. I’ve seen an early scan of the book cover, and it’s going to be eye-catching. My twin protagonists, Diello and Cynthe, are featured in profile on a burgundy background. The title is done in ornate letters that shine like crystal — lovely! I can’t wait until I’m able to show it to you.
Yesterday I let the computer run word searches through the manuscript while I combed my mind for better synonyms. It’s easy to grow careless as a writer, to fall into bad habits of weak sentence structure or overused vocabulary. Just as I can indulge in too many cheeseburgers and chocolate milkshakes to the detriment of my waistline, so can I let my prose become flabby. And all my whining and moaning and complaining this year about revisions means nothing now, because I’m proud of where the manuscript stands at this point. Proud and grateful to my editor who has prodded me into creating a story that’s toned and sleek.
If only I could say the same thing about my figure!