I get an email “newsletter” thingy from a site called Simplify. Like the DIY newsletter I get, the curators list blogs that show projects, give advice, etc. I look. I think “Ooh! Cool!” And then I delete the email. My DIY days are pretty much done and in my world, clutter is pretty much a fact of life. I mean, we’ve lived in this house for over 20 years, and have been home for the Army for 35 years and I’ll be you money that I can find a box or three that we moved home from Fort Knox, that then moved four times within the metroplex, and they STILL haven’t been unpacked. Don’t ask. I’m sure I’ll have some excuse or another to explain it. Still, one of the articles caught my eye today: How to get rid of clutter for good and the 7 things that are holding you back.
Hoo boy, could I write a dissertation on that topic! And yeah, yeah. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Which are probably the top 3 thinks on that list. LOL I am full of them. Some of them are actually “good reasons” and not just excuses but when it all boils down to the bottom line (and yes I AM mixing my metaphors-that-aren’t-really-metaphors-but-you-know-what-I-mean), they are still excsues. That said, the first of the rights revision Moonstruck Wolf books should be available starting this time next week, followed by a new one a week for a month. But what does this have to do with clutter, you ask…? The hardest part of revising a book is all the words involved. Sometimes there are too many. Sometimes there aren’t enough. How does an author know the difference? With luck, the story and characters will let you know before your beta readers and/or editor get their hands on the manuscript.
This brings me around to UNDER THE ASSASSIN’S MOON, the last book in the revision pile and the one that has stumped me the most on getting it finished. Until I started going through it, I didn’t realize how truly bare-bones a story it was. Gah! True, I was working under a tight deadline (at the time) and there were total word count restrictions but still! There are gaping holes (as I look at it now) in character development. Luckily, their goals and motivation were strong but as I’m going through it, I short-changed them on the depths of their emotions, their backstories, and their romance. I feel bad for doing it to them and yes, that’s one more excuse for “revising this book makes my head hurt!” Good thing I plan on releasing one a week instead of all together, huh?
I’m down to the last ten pages. I’ve been down to the last ten pages for over a week now, and it’s not because I’m not working on the dang book. I am. It’s because I’ve added like 10 pages of new words! And will likely add even more. Part of it is switching out from another author’s world and secondary characters that had to be included to fully embracing my Moonstruck world and MY characters as secondaries. For those of you wanting more of the Hard Target team, you’ll get it in three of these books. The first book, RESCUE MOON? Well, I just leave those changes as a surprise because–with luck! 🤞🏼–it will be live, at least back on Amazon next Tuesday. Or Wednesday. ALL the big pulisher books come out on Tuesday and I’m never sure if that timing is good for an indy author or not. Do my books get lost in the shuffle or do they get noticed because of the shuffle? But I digress.
Sometimes, a story needs to be cluttered. Take any cozy mystery, for example. They are MADE to be cluttered by definition. Suspense and thrillers? Not so much. They are streamlined and action packed. But there’s still room for some skeletons in the closet, a few boxes the MC needs to unpack during the course of the story. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m unpacking some of those old boxes for Brody and Zeta. Sorry it’s taking so long. We have to decide what to toss, what to give to a charity, and what to keep. Oh, and we’re stacking while we do so.
Which brings me to the seconde part of our Tuesday talking points–food! How do you like your snacks? Sweet or salty? I lean toward salty. I’ll grab the Dean’s Onon Dip and a bag of potato chips before I’ll hit the cookie jar, notwithstanding that I’m hooked on Walmart Marketplace Decadent Cowboy Cookies. Boxes of Cheez-its snack mix and/or White Cheddar. I had to forcably tear myself away from the display of cheese-puff balls in the giant plastic tubs yesterday. So if you’re going through stuff, what’s your go-to snack? And if you say Cheese Puffs, I want to know how you keep from getting the cheezy-finger residue from getting on the stuff. Just sayin’… 😉