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Wow, I'm almost through editing Zero Hour. I think I underestimated that story, as I thought of it like a bunch of randomness that I had forced into a semi-sensible plot. But reading it all at once really surprised me. It's a better story than I gave it credit for being, and now in edits where I get to weave it together more solidly, tie up loose ends, and really get the themes to shine, I'm really tickled with it.

I mentioned my standing desk experiment in my last newsletter, and actually I did 90% of the Zero Hour edits standing up. And my feet kinda hurt! Even with the anti-fatigue mat. I figured out that I could make Scrivener Windows Beta and Scrivener Mac 2.0 play nice if I kept the files on a thumb drive. (Getting Windows and Mac Scrivener to work on the same project seems to be one of its bugs at the moment.) I'm on the last scene I'd like to add and I pulled it back to my sit-down Mac station for some reason. Who knows why the subconscious works the way it does? And then it should be off to neyronrose  for edits. Probably tomorrow.

And then I get to dig in to the GhosTV edits with all the beta readers' notes and the really awesome field trip I did last Saturday to a Yoga center in Madison for an all-day retreat. I feel like I should lay it out there that my views on New Age religions (or really, they're older Eastern religions) and Vic's don't exactly align, and a lot of the stuff that sounds perfectly good to me, he finds phenomenally offensive and dumb and annoying. Just sayin'.

A lot of the stuff that my retreat leader said sounded interesting to me...but I can't wait to slip some of it into GhosTV and watch Vic blow a gasket.

GhosTV is a 100% sitting project. Maybe it's too complicated to stand and write at the same time.

And then soon I'll be able to write another couple chapters of The Starving Years, which, again, I'm way more pleased with than I would have hoped. Voting on the next part closes 1/30, though one reader (Tracy G) gave me an idea for how to use a combo of two of the votes that I will probably go with, since one of those two is well in the lead. Though I won't have time to work on it before 1/30 so I'll see how the votes go. This month's smexy installment is a culmination of 40,000 words of longing looks and flirting (yay!) and now I want to write sex, sex, sex til the end of the book...but I must restrain myself, because that would drag down the plot. And it's actually a quite plotty story. It's also a standing-up story. No idea why. (My brain insists on spinning a really naughty sex scene, so I'm sure it'll find a way to make it happen somewhere.)

I will probably stop doing the voting thing if response numbers dip too low--it doesn't make logical sense for me to bend my schedule around something that's being participated in by too few readers. I get the impression that most people wouldn't mind too much if that happened, they're just reading to see where the story goes.


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Jan. 25th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Lol I can't wait to read his ranting. But he would probably like yoga as a spectator sport if Jacob was doing it in front of him.
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
How funny, there's a little scene like this in GhosTV already.
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see Vic's head blow a gasket. I look forward to reading the finished product! And Zero Hour! I think I forgot to read the last chapter - I'm a bad fan :o( But I think my head was busy blowing gaskets of its own. I'm hopeing that once thigs settle down a bit I can read ZH again and start the Starving Years - I'm such a bad fan *hangs head in shame*
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
Wait for the finished Zero Hour, then. If I can't make the final product better than the first draft, then I'm not doing my job!

Starving Years is hot stuff.
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I loved Zero Hour,just missed the last chapter. Life just threw me a bunch of curve balls. Same with why I haven't started Starving Years yet.
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, most definitely looking forward to GhosTV. :D

I'm one of the non-participating people - I hate serials with a passion. Give me a nice finished story any day!
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
I think by non-participating I mean to read, but not vote. Anyone not reading won't care one way or another, so that's fine!
Jan. 26th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
I love the voting! I can understand you wanting to stop it if not enough people do it though :(
Jan. 26th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
It would suck to have to shift to no-voting due to lack of interest, but maybe it'll never come to that. Let's hope!
Jan. 26th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Yay! Even the tiniest bit of info about Vic, the slightest crumb, makes me insanely happy!

Thank you!
Jan. 26th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
There'll be a lot more than a crumb pretty soon! :D
Jan. 26th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
The pro side of studying yoga abroad is that I don't have to listen to the more mystical yoga teachers, just breathe and stretch. The con side is that I'm usually the least flexible person in the class. Yoga is one of those things I do because I'm bad at it, but I recognize the basic advantages in a biological sense.
Jan. 26th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
I'm more interested in the mind aspects of yoga meditation than the postures, so the mystical stuff is what I was there for. That, and hoping to pick up some good detail for GhosTV.
Jan. 26th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
I see. When I meditate, which isn't as often as I should, I go more for the Zen empty mind approach.
Jan. 27th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
I feel like such a dummy. I've been trying to figure out what the heck GhosTV was for over a month and it never occurred to me to actually "look it up". I thought it was a new Ghost Hunters-like TV show. Yeah, I know...**thumps self in head**

Anyway, just finished Sweets to the Sweet. Loved it!!! Looking forward to the next volume as well as the next few chapters of Starving Years :)

(And should you decide to add a few more sex scenes, I will once again not complain. I've re-read the last two chapters more than once and it's still smexy!)
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:42 am (UTC)
GhosTV is just the hardest book I ever wrote. That's my definition, anyway.

Starving Years needs more sex for sure ;-) (Not because it's lacking. Just because it'd be fun to write/read.)
Jan. 27th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
I am really looking forward to both "A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion" & Zero Hour coming out in paperback! Also like the new ebook covers, very pretty! And don't even get me started on Vic & Jacob, GhosTV can't come soon enough!
We have someone here at work who uses a standing desk all day, personally I don't think I would like it...
Jan. 27th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
I read that you're supposed to alternate standing and sitting--that standing all day has its own issues, like foot pain and vericose veins, so you should stand a couple hours, sit a couple hours. The really good standing desks adjust up and down so you can stand and sit at the same workstation. My overturned plastic tub doesn't seem quite so adjustable!

I'm heartily sick of editing.
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