Revision Equals Altering Reality

I’ve been working on revisions for Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience for a few months now and I had an epiphany: revising a book is like altering reality. Let me explain. When the television series, Sliders aired, I watched every episode religiously. It was always fascinating to me how every world was different due to some distant decision that was different from the one made in the Sliders world. Sometimes the resulting outcome was as small as a gate squeaked/didn’t squeak. Other times the Earth was either destroyed (as we know it) or about to be. All because a key decision was different. Part of the lengthy revision process for me has been because of a decision I made when […]

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Reading Between the Lines

A piece of advice I received from Marty Chan regarding Editor’s comments was, don’t necessarily make the change they suggest. Always look at why the suggestion is made and understand how to fix it in context to the story. His words or wisdom were extremely timely for me. I had just gotten back the edits from my Publisher for Mik Murdoch: The Power Within. When I read some of the comments, my first inclination was to say, “Did she even read the first book?” Then I thought more about why those comments were made and I realized that I don’t want readers to need the context of the first book to ‘get’ the second one. I needed to do a […]

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System Failure

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you know I pride myself on never missing a post. That seems to have fallen by the wayside in the previous few months as I have missed my self-imposed Wednesday posting more than once (this week included). But, why is this happening? Well, unfortunately, it isn’t just one thing. I like to think I can recover from one issue or another, but when there are multiple ones…let’s just say recovery is more difficult. For example, the day job is challenging. I won’t say more than that, but I am leaving at the end of the day mentally and emotionally drained. I’m pretty sure I’m not unique in […]

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