I am ten chapters into my editing. I have twenty-two chapters in the book, so I am about half way finished with edits and re-writes. I have to be honest. This has been hell, but also pretty fucking cool. I let the story simmer over the holidays and I read several books. It was needed. I had to recharge and meet it head on with fresh eyes.
There is still a cynical part of me that is in the back of my thoughts laughing and declaring, “Ha! You thought you could write a book. Look at this shit you have written. It sucks!” Want to know the interesting part of all of this? Okay, I will tell you. One of my characters has some serious issues with haunted thoughts. Granted, his thoughts are way darker and have some serious trauma attached to them. But, I have been remembering his mantra and applying it in my life when these thoughts creep in. I am not going to say his mantra now, because I want you to read my book. 🙂 Whoever you are out there in cyberspace reading this.
I read something today from one of my favorite authors that really made me remember why I am doing this and after reading it, I felt the little Cynic start to retreat. Colleen Hoover is seriously awesome. The poem in the post that I just linked is from one of her characters in the Slammed series. Her entire post though is perfect. I read that today and I remembered why I was doing this. I needed to forget about all the BS I was thinking about my story. I needed to remember the feelings and the characters and why I wrote them in the first place.
I love words, plain and simple. I love words. I love how they make me feel and I adore how they connect each of us. I say that a lot, I know. But, it is my truth.
Okay, a new thing I am going to start adding on the end of here is what ever game and/or book I am currently reading or playing at the time of my post. Why? Well, because I want to.
Currently Playing: The TellTale Games series on Xbox. I finished up Walking Dead Season One, and started season two. They are freaking fun as hell, but kind of stressful. It is more a survival game with zombies, than a game about zombies. After I devoured those games up until the most recent episode, I began Wolf Among Us, which is about Fabletown and involves fairy tale characters. I love these games because it is like reading an interactive book, where you choose how the story will go.
Currently reading: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. About 60% through with it and have to say, I really love it. Time travel, kilts, sword fights, druids, freaking awesome.