Wednesday 30 June 2010

Revision Road (Week 4)

Thursday, 24th June 2010

I have discovered something about myself. I have a low boredom threshold for revisions. I've had enough already! This not knowing whether all this work will actually serve any purpose is draining. Half the time I'm fighting the voice in my head that says 'what's the use?'. For all I know, the revisions could be worse than the earlier draft and lead only  to another "R" letter (to add to the great pile I already have in my drawer).  Working in the cold is awful. Working in the (metaphorical) dark is even worse. Someone show me the light, please!

Ghana the only African team through to the next round of SWC. Note to self: buy a Ghanaian flag a.s.a.p!

Friday, 25th June 2010

hate revisions. Enough said.

Saturday, 26th June 2010

USA played with great heart, but Ghana, the Black Stars, keep Africa in the Soccer World Cup. Ghana! Ghana!

And I even managed to get some desultory revisions done. Starting to wonder if there's a point when one can do too many revisions. Am I killing the energy of the ms? Need to get some distance from it again.

Sunday, 27th June 2010

Took a break from revisions today. Wrote my July article on foreshadowing for the South African Romance Writers website.  Watched soccer. Germany 4. England 1. Ouch! Not even the-goal-that-never-was could have saved England.

Monday, 28th July 2010

Is snow in Jo'burg beyond the realms of possibility? Weather looks very odd today. And it's fairly warm. No time to chat. The break did me good and raring to get back to the revisions.

Tuesday, 29th July 2010

ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Worked on revisions all day, broke to feed Husband on his retrun from work, continued to work until 22h30 and then couldn't sleep.  So please don't disturb me today, I'm buzzzzzzZZZZZ...

Wednesday, 30th June 2010

After a good meditation (sounds better than an afternoon nap!) managed to do a few hours revisions. Words starting to blur. Need to bring this to an end; effort and effect are no longer worth the time spent. Could nitpick like this for months and still not be happy with it. Note to self: cut apron strings on ms.

And so we come to the end of the fourth week of revisions. Where has the time gone?


CA Heaven said...

Hay, come on Judy, wake up. Get the damn revision done >:)))

I'm supporting Ghana now too. They have a great team and play very entertaining football. I think it's cool that all of Africa seams to gather around the Ghana team now. That's great >:)

Just imagine anything like that in Europe; the English and the French supporting Germany after they were sent home themselves? No, would never happen. Never.

Cold As Heaven

Anita said...

Ah, yes, a good meditation is in order for me.

I am the revision god speaking to you through Anita's comment: The revisions are making your project better. Proceed.

Claire Robyns said...

Hmmm, did I interpret wrong, or are the revisions done? Or almost done?

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Wow! Good luck on the rest of them. Is there still more to go? Revisions are the hardest part of writing. I enjoy them on few levels. :)

Judith Mercado said...

Revision - I'm in the middle of one right now and probably the saving grace is that I stayed away from the ms for a while and consequently it's like reading it for the first time. Because of that, I'm having lots of insights about where I need to enhance the characters/plot/voice and am doing a fair amount of fresh writing. This reduces the tedium and still qualifies as Writing, which I always love. Good luck with yours.