I dressed up as Kiki from kiki’s delivery service and went to a few parties around town.
I’ve been a busy little critter this past month, between work and school and general life. I treated myself to some book shopping a few days ago and got a neat little spellbook and another pagan resource book.
It snowed almost 6 inches overnight, so I might crack those puppies open today. Or romp in the snow…
(to read the original Writing a book is so easy, click here)
Ahhhhh, yes. The writer’s life. A wonderful land of imagination and smiles, where absolutely nothing unexpected ever happens….
So you wrote a book? I bet you’re really living the life now, huh? Fame, fortune, fans drooling over you as you sleep (actually that’s really creepy forget I said that).
You’re set, I bet. It’s all downhill from here. No more writing, no more tears. But what’s that knocking at your door?
Fans demanding, “MORE, MORE, MOOOOOORE!!!”
(ooooh I liked that rhyme. Muahahaha here goes….)
“But wasn’t one enough for you? I have no plans for a book number two!”
You grumble and gripe. You don’t want to type. “But writing is hard!” you shout from your yard.
But your readers are hungry, and feed them you must. Looks like you’re writing that sequel – or bust.
So tappity-tap, and clickity-click. All of this writing is making you sick. Pantsing and plotting, day-in and day-out. Keeping to schedules, that’s what it’s about! You make a log, and write every day, because keeping on-point is the very best way.
So you write it all down, you don’t even frown. Hundreds of pages, and thousands of words…to the point where you think this is all a little absurd.
But wait! Have no fear! You’ve filled the last page! You made it out alive, now on to the editing stage!
Okay I’m cutting the act, cuz shit’s getting real. No more rhymes. Writing itself may be easy enough, but editing is the equivalent to doomsday if you don’t have the guts.
Heh. Bet you’re head is still trying to speak in rhyme.
You need a red pen. No, put away your little blue BIC and go buy yourself an early birthday present: a nice box of red Pilot G-2s. The good stuff. You want DURABILITY. You want PROFESSIONALISM. You want a pen that’s gonna shame the hell out of all those other wannabees!!!
THE MORE, THE MERRIER.
Let’s put it this way: if people look at your revisions and call 911 thinking they just stumbled upon a homicide – YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT.
But try explaining that to the cops.
Edit in stages. Boom. Boom. Boom. And find someplace nice and comfy to write. The place people would least expect a writer to do any sort of writing at all!
Such as the nearest coffee shop.
In reality, coffee shops will become your best friends.
Warning: you may have some weird times when people come to visit “their author friend.”
BUT DON’T LET IT GET TO YOUR HEAD. YOU’VE GOT WORK TO DO, WRITER.
EDIT THAT BOOK!
LOOK AT THAT YOU FINISHED EDITING THE FIRST DRAFT WOOHOO GOOD JOB HERE HAVE A LOLLIPOP AND GET YOUR BUTT BACK IN THE SEAT CUZ YOU AREN’T DONE YET.
You’ll work night. You’ll work day. You’ll invent your own timezone and ignore daylight savings because the only thing you know is that the sun comes up and the sun goes down.
You’ll even learn how to tell time by feeling how cold your coffee is (getting iced coffee is cheating shut up).
Errrrrrr……NOTHING TO SEE HERE.
But one day, it happens. You hit the last page.
Your edits are done. You’re in the final stage.
You’ll delete that last word, and type End of Book 2. All your friends will be proud, but you’ll just be thinking, “pheeewwwww.”
Formatting’s a bitch, you’ll see that fast.
You’ll order a proof copy, and it’s in your hands at last!
There is the book that was in your head for ages, the very same book you worked through so many stages. It’s there, in your hand, you’re jumping for joy, HOORAY! It makes you feel cozy in the very best way.
And that was the story of how an idea became a book. Typing all of those pages is all it really took.
Such is the life of a writer, my friends. We discover new worlds and follow them till the end. For books are but words arranged this way and that, and most of the time we’re just pulling from a hat.
“Writing is easy,” say those who won’t try. But for all of the real writers….
This hotel is located in Huilo Huilo, a Natural Reserve in Chile. The rustic appearance ends with the exterior however, as the interiors are done up in luxury. There are only 9 rooms, named after bird species found in the area. Each of them overlooks the thick forest and wildlife outside. Guests even get a glimpse of a real-life volcano from the hotel. Hot tubs made out of huge tree trunks, overlooking the forest are a major tourist attraction at Magic Mountain, as is the world’s longest zip line running through the grounds.
The complete Icelandic staves / Ásatrú symbol series.
Each artwork is representing an element. They are presented here in the following order : fire, earth, metal, water, wood and air. The symbols are accompanied by stanzas of the Hávamál or Völuspá, written in runes.
You can find the stanzas in English and the names of the symbols on each individual post here.