In common with most fiction my book contains characters. No surprise there really. Some of them are men, some of them women and they range in age from 13 to 50. Some of them are good and some of them are bad. I’m not going to go into detail about all of them, but each has their own personality and quirks as you would expect.
Just before anyone asks, yes I’m perfectly sane. Mostly.
Our dog Bonnie has a habit of catching hedgehogs and bringing them home. This happened a couple of days ago and it suddenly occurred to me that writing a novel is a lot like catching a hedgehog. That may sound bizarre, but bear with me and I’ll explain.
As you know I’m revising the first book again, polishing it, changing bits around and making it ready for submission again. In a previous post there was a comment from a reader that suggested at some point you just have to actively decide it’s ready. The problem is I’m not sure it ever is (as the same commentor also acknowledges). Not really. We might say at some point ‘it’s as good as it can be’, however, writing another 30 pages of another chapter brings with it more experience and when you go back and read the previous sections you find – well, that it isn’t ready.
If you’re interested in my writing posts then skip this one, if you want to read a rant then carry on!
I obviously have a keen interest in technology since I work with it every day and it never ceases to amaze me how different companies/groups make the same mistakes as others and never seem to learn from them. In this case I’m talking about book publishers eBooks and their insistence on going down the same route as Music and Movie studios.
Well, time for a catchup…….
As I’ve mentioned before I’m involved in a big project at work which involves the integration of another companies IT infrastructure into ours. Unfortunately this means that a lot of the time I would usually spend writing such as evenings and weekends are spent planning or migrating servers. Don’t get me wrong, we usually have at least one major project a year which swallows up my spare time, but in this case it’s a longer and more intense project which is spanning close to 3 months. Sadly that’s part of the job, so any remaining time is spent with the family which is only fair.