It’s Monday, and back to the drawing board. The weekend was full – complete with screaming cats (therefore, no new kitty at our house because of a very hissy King Remy), failed car radiators (okay, just one), and losing horribly to my love as he killed at Canasta (this time). Now, it’s time to forget all that stuff and focus again.
Editing and re-writing is really an interesting animal. It’s hard to know exactly how to approach it, but I’m making progress and enjoying the process. My characters are coming to life, and as a result, so is the plot. There is so much I want to change about my first draft, but some of it is worth keeping – the trick is knowing how to weave the new with the old.
I’m proud to say that I’ve done the Shred for seven days in a row. Twenty-three to go! Today, one of my old co-workers is coming to shred with me. Such a funny title, isn’t it? Perhaps it comes from the way your muscles feel when it’s over (um, that would be ripped to pieces).
Today, I’ll leave you with two pieces of advice.
First: Plants do not fare well when you forget to water them. Especially if you live in Texas and it is over a hundred degrees outside. Perhaps I learned this from experience.
Second: Never, I repeat, never start speaking Spanish when the guy taking drive-through orders at Taco Cabana tells you he doesn’t speak English very well and asks for your order again. If he is from India, he may not understand when you say, Necesito un agua grande, por favor. You might leave thirsty, and you will leave feeling like a schmuck. Perhaps I learned this from experience, too. Oops.
Alright. Time to get to work. I’d love to hear your thoughts on editing, re-writing, and what works well for you. It will help motivate me when I inevitably get stuck and need some inspiration and encouragement.
PS – I also welcome your advice on cats (e.g., getting new ones when the current one is used to being a spoiled only child). We may be destined to be a one-cat family forever, I fear.