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A Letter Regarding Text Butchery and Milestones

He’d build her a bigger house, our Intrepid Heroine decided. Or at least he ought to. One had to be fair when burning one’s subjects’ homes down.

Our Intrepid Heroine the Second

Dear Peoples,

Our Intrepid Heroine the Second has officially reached the First Draft Milestone. In a colossal push that surprised even me, the words piled up and up and up until the final word was written.

It is more than double the length of the first book. I have a Proper Title prepared for it, and several bouts of Text Butchery awaiting it.

fig 1.1: ruins with ivy

Ah yes, Text Butchery. Something that alternatively makes me a little terrified or a little excited. Remember when I wrote about my astounding find wayy back in the January of last year? Yes. I’m going to have to take my own advice.

It would be easier to roll over and read a book (which is a thing that I have never done. Ever. *guilty cough*) and pretend that someone else is doing all the hefty work of forming my ball of wordy clay into a cozy coherent kettle. But alas, I am not permitted to dwell in the Land of Delusion (as much as I would wish to) and so I must press on, editing one sentence, one paragraph at a time.

I didn’t post last week as I was away, spewing words onto a blank sheet and brainwashing folk with Alistair Macleans [result: highly successful].

Anyhow, I’m giving myself a pat on the back and a gloomy look in the mirror. The pat because I finished a First Draft, the gloomy look because there is still further to go.

Cups of tea and other lovely things,


As a side note, I have been interviewed on the Homeschooled Authors blog. Click here to have a peek at it, if you wish to.

4 thoughts on “A Letter Regarding Text Butchery and Milestones”

  1. There’s a second?! I’m learning all sorts of lovely book news today. *Happy sigh*

    Editing though….editing is the reason I’m considering giving up being an Author, stealing a biplane, and becoming an Air Pirate. You should join me

    1. Yes, there is. It will be appearing soon. Unless, of course, you are totally sure about the Air Pirate Idea. In which case, I’m ditching it all and throwing my lot in with you and an old rickety biplane. No, really, I mean it. Though, you know, I have no idea how to fly – other than the obvious action of flapping my arms but *that* has never been successful so I shall have to rely on your skills.

    1. Thank you! I’ll attempt to have fun – it takes a little while to get into the swing of things, but once I’ve plunged into the murky waters, Text Butchery flows with, well, sort of ease. Sometimes. Occasionally. 😀

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