Whew! One Little Corner of the World is Still A-OK | For God, Family, and  Country

I’m so pleased to finally be done with this very involved novel edit for a client. So proud of my work. This book is now the best it can be and that makes me happy.

I also got a bit of fan mail from an Abyss & Apex Patreon patron who got a short story edit as a reward. Plus a new client was very happy with a novella I edited. And I got my 2nd Covid shot!

So a good day overall.

Adventures in Editing

May be a cartoon of text that says 'TRAGIC DEATHS IN THE BADLY WRITTEN NOVEL CHOKED ON A PIECE OF TERRIBLE DIALOGUE LOST FOREVER DOWN A COLOSSAL PLOT HOLE DROWNED IN A SEA OF UNNECESSARY DETAILS DIED IN A FALL FROM A BUNGLED CLIFF-HANGER CRUSHED BY AN ENORMOUS CHUNK OF EXPOSITION TOM SAULD'

This month I got a new client and lost an old one, am nearly finished with a novel edit, am editing a short as a reward for an A&A patron, and started a new LinkedIn page. I’d abandoned LinkedIn several years ago when I was still doing professional safety management as an independent contractor but every Tom, Thomasina, Dick, Harry and Harriet newbie writer who wanted to glom onto me as editor of Abyss & Apex was competing with every unemployed safety manager who wanted me to hire them. I ran a sole-proprietorship safety LLC (sole – no employees, okay?) and stated EXPLICITLY that my LinkedIn was for safety work – but this did not deter the hopeful spammers. It was more trouble than it was worth. Now that I work exclusively as a freelance editor we’ll see if this iteration is more useful.

I’m very excited about the project I am currently working on, which – for a change – is not science fiction or fantasy: I Swear I’m Not Insane by C.M. Petersen. I love the author’s use of Kill Bill-variety literary jump-cuts that create its slow reveal! The manuscript will be going to the author for one last check this weekend before the proofreader gets it, and the cover is amazing.

I’ll let you all know when it comes out.