Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The End...sort of

Big week here. Honorary drunk writers - which, frankly I think we should have more of - and I finished the latest mms today. Done. The End. Epilogue too. Exactly a month and a half before deadline - which isn't to say I'm actually done. Oh no.

My critique group used to celebrate these sorts of events with champagne and then we got wise to the fact that actually finishing the book is just the beginning. Oh! Those sweet days of ignorance and champagne.

I've sent versions to the critique group and now, I just await the real work. Revisions.

I know what my BIG problem with the mms is -- I really have no clue of what's going on. Scenes aren't clear in my head, GMC is all over the board - if it's there at all and the whole character arc is pretty muddied - if I remember correctly my heroine has her major life changing epiphany while eating eggs. Now, that happens to real life people all the time but I'm pretty sure the readers of Superromance are expecting MORE. (His epiphany happens at gun point, well, knife point, but I think that's an improvement.) As Sinead so wisely said while critiquing one of my earlier books -- "basically the guy goes for a walk and changes his mind." I inferred from her tone that that wasn't good enough. Anyway - that's only one of the major things I have to change.

The second major thing is that I have her loving her job in the first 30 pages but after that I decided she hated it. I also could never remember her hair color and was too lazy to go back and change it so she covers the spectrum. I also couldn't remember the official name for the hats police officers wear with their dress uniforms so I just have BLAH BLAH HAT - reminding me that I have to do a little research - which I could do now - but I won't.

I also, I'm sure you've noticed from reading this blog, have no clue what to do with a comma. It's embarrassing and every once in a while I figure I should just learn the rule - but then I don't. Too busy writing, maybe. I also need to change just about every character's name. There's a heavy Hispanic influence in this book and because I never think about these things all the character's last names end in EZ. (thanks, Maureen for pointing that out) OH! And I have my hero hiding behind a couch in a very un-heroic way during a big shoot out- which was funny to me while writing it- but I don't think that's going to fly. I also think maybe he does too many drugs. And there are too many scenes with food.

So - yep. Book done. Except for those few things.

Regardless - I'm celebrating tonight with leftover meatloaf, Hershey kisses and two hours of watching exactly what I want on TV. Husband is gone and I'm watching Food Channel and Entertainment Tonight...That's so sad.


Karen in Toronto said...

Congrats on the mms. And I envy your down time with the remote. Pass the skors pieces.

Jordanne Ford said...

Oh Molly! Big congrats on getting the book 'finished'. I'm so very glad to see you write 'blah blah blah' in spaces where you're not sure of something. I just did that myself, I didn't want to lose steam while I was on a roll. I also think I wrote a 'stuff happen here' then went on with the next scene b/c I wasn't exactly sure yet what that 'stuff' was but was confident enough in myself and my cp that she or I would figure it out.
I hope you enjoyed your 'remote time' and your meat loaf.
Now I'm off to bed to curl up with a chapter or two of Family at Stake. I'm really enjoying it, it's been years since I've read a Super!

Molly O'Keefe said...

It was a good night -- thanks ladies. But, no matter how I tried to resist I still ended up doing some laundry and emptying the dishwasher.

Jordanne! Thanks for the compliments on Family At Stake - glad you like it.

Cate said...

Commas are evil. End of story. Let's not even discuss semi-colons, because, I think some church somewhere has a whole anti-colon camplaign.

Sinead M said...

The book is great, no matter how many scenes with food there are.
Well done, Moly, for finishing another book in a few months, taking care of your son full time and still taking time out to indulge in drunken writer talk.

We don't know how you manage it all, but you do it really well.

Kimber said...

Congrats on your mms!

I hear you about crazy things happening. Editing down a book (agent requested that I lose 40 pages) and read that my herione left work after an early morning meeting. Now, I realize this is fantasy but even fantasy execs don't clock those type of hours.

That and a lot of head tilting (my heroine is short) must have made the agent giggle more than once.

As for commas, well, my style doesn't really follow the whole grammar rules thing (like no sentence fragments) so I guess I'm fortunate there.

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