For those of you who've been following me along Revision Road, Week 2 ended with high anticipation for Bafana Bafana's hopes in the Soccer World Cup game against Uraguay. Sadly, the Uraguayans played exceptionally well and Bafana couldn't find their stride, going down to the South Americans 3-0 (note how I'm not mentioning THAT red card!). We're all still united behind Bafana and (PWAAAARP! PWAAAARP!) blowing our vuvuzelas to show our support for the boys in yellow and for our guests from all over the world who have come to party at the SWC! Ayoba yo!
Thursday 17th June 2010
Yesterday managed to get within 12 pages of end of ms for Wild Rose Press (first round of revisions, anyway). Luckily romance mss are short; they suit my low boredom threshold! Hoped to crack those final pages early today but electric fence wire broke, technician arrived late; elderly parents needed some TLC after hot water bottle broke and burned Mom. Took them to buy an electric blanket as Jo'burg still freezing. Then problems with the estate of Husband's family late domestic worker - tried to sort them out, but a bit difficult when the ELECTRICITY GOES OFF. Second time this week (Monday night electricity was off for nearly 7 hours!) All in all not a good revisions day. It's now nearly 16h30 and haven't revised a line. So better stop procastinating on this blog and get working! Shouting for a draw between Mexico and France tonight - that'll help Bafana Bafana!
Friday 18th June 2010
Very little work done yesterday. Squeezed out some line-edits, but nothing worth mentioning. Temperatures breaking records for cold all over the country. No wonder brain is frozen. Too many social arrangements coming up from today through to Monday. No time to waste, so off to try and get a few pages revised.
Monday 21 June 2010
Winter solstice today. Yay! Days start getting longer again; let's hope they get warmer too! Friday and Saturday revisions went very well. Finished first round, including a large chunk of new writing in last chapter. As Sunday was Father's Day (see photo, Dad with me as baby) I decided to have a complete break from the manuscript. Didn't even switch the computer on. Today I begin round 2 of revisions (weeding out those pesky adverbs and adjectives to make the writing more active). Feeling slightly worried about the time frame - only 18 days to 8 July deadline. Need to squeeze more time out my days as, I suspect, this will be a rather bumpy section of the revision road.
Tuesday, 22 July 2010
Eish!!! My English teachers from high school must be doing the happy dance on their graves, cackling away and saying "Serves you right for not listening to your grammar lessons!" After yesterday's revisions, my head is so full of subjects, auxillary verbs and past participles as I struggle with converting passive writing into active writing, I resemble a stunned mullet! Did anyone know it's entirely possible to have 1091 adjectives in a mere 173 pages of writing? That's 6 a page! Gasp. And it's off to work I go, as Bafana Bafana need my support at 4 pm today and (having spent the morning taking my elderly Mom - who can't drive - to the shops) I've done no revisions today. Yet.
Wednesday, 23 July 2010
Yebo, yo! Bafana Bafana, you beauties. So proud of our team. (Click here for more enthusiasm!) As you can imagine, not much revision work done on Tuesday. Did manage an hour or two, though, so the day was not a complete waste. Today I shall have to hope Husband brings work home, so that I can gouge some revision time out of the evening after dinner. Wednesdays are not usually good writing days, but will try my best to get through some pages at least.