It's nearly official; my third book in the "Witch of Appalachia" Series, "Blood of the Dragon"is into its second and hopefully last, edit on my end of the creative process!
Re-reading your own story can have some enlightening moments. Here are just a few that spring to mind:
- The story is newly revealed to you, the author, and as such, glaring deficiencies or awkward wording, just spring off the page to slap you around the head and face until improved beyond the original.
- The characters you have come to know like family will now be reintroduced to you like the annoying relative that never seems to shut her mouth and who consumes all the air in the room.
- The subtle plot twists you so carefully crafted and planted throughout the building of the story, are so vague and skillfully clever, that they are nearly as impenetrable as mysteries to you, as they will be to any would-be reader!
- Because you have labored long and hard on this, your finest work to date, you feel rather smug about the quality of the little quirks you've given your main characters only to view them under the microscope of a second edit to find them as lifeless as month old celery.
Lastly, as the re-reading process takes place, you are constantly mumbling things under your breath such as "I wrote THAT!?" or "Who the hell is this character and why is he in my book?" and "I don't remember ANY of this happening to her!" This will bring on fears of brain damage from over-working that particular organ.
Having survived the first edit, it's a great time to look into Book Signings since that's the greatest part of authorship and publication!
I myself have lined up several of these "Meet and Greet" opportunities so here's a quick snap shot for your calendars with information to follow later on:
August 20, 2016............Book Mama's 9 S. Johnson Ave, Irvington...11:00 am - 3:00 pm
September 9 & 10.....Small Town USA Festival, Beulah Park, ST RD 9, Alexandria, IN46001
Saturday.September 10..10:00 am- 7:00 pm
November 5................Booktoberfest, Fishers Library, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
As to more Mischief, well, the day is young and I'm not...so I'd better get busy!