Quote I Love: Requires Trust

(c) istockphoto.com, DanBrandenburg 2006

This one’s for Scott and Mark.

“In a sense, you will find that it does not matter what stance you take in bondage and discipline games. Either role done well transcends into the other, and to be done well both require trust.” – Lady Ravinia

For those of you who are waiting to read more of their story, I added a new section to part four this weekend. I promise I’ll get it up on the site just as soon as I can. I do try to give as much attention to detail to this story as I do my published novels, so it takes a bit of time to revise, edit, and get feedback from others for each part.

Sometimes Minor Edits Lead You On

I’m on my third pass working on Walter and Kevin’s story, and I had a series of great writing sessions this week. Today I worked on a chapter and a half that needed a few changes, including adding some dialogue and reactions. I ended up rewriting almost all of it. I was in some sort of zone where the dialogue and character interactions just flowed and worked better within the overall story arc. The more I rewrote, the more I knew what I had previously written wasn’t working. When I was done, it felt good to know it was the right call to rewrite those scenes.

Even though decisions like these affect the overall amount of time it takes to complete a project, this type of revising just seems to work for me. The more time I spend with the characters and their story, the clearer the overall picture becomes. Sometimes I can’t see the forest with all those damn trees in the way.

It took about five hours to get that chapter and a half rewritten. I sat in my comfy chair in my office while I wrote. These two little guys came in to keep me company.

(c) Sloan Parker 2012

(c) Sloan Parker 2012

Hope you all have a great weekend. I’m hoping to get in another 5 hours or more of writing on Sunday.

Video I Love: Powderpuff Cheerleaders Dance

An adorable performance at a halftime show for a student vs. staff basketball game. This took some time and commitment to put together. Congrats to the students who worked so hard on it!

Writing Update: One Story’s Journey

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Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. I took an unplanned/unexpected sabbatical from blogging. I’ve been slammed recently with non-writing work and family obligations, but when I did get to work on my writing, I rocked it on Walter’s story. I figured an update on my progress was long overdue.

And progress is exactly what I’m making with Walter and Kevin’s book. I’m writing every day again and finding a groove with this story that feels really good.

Which is nice because this book has been through such a long journey already. Here’s the path of its life so far:

  1. Brainstormed story ideas (started in 2010).
  2. Created character sketches/story outline.
  3. Wrote synopsis.
  4. Took a break to work on synopses and outlines for Richard’s and Matthew’s books (from More)
  5. Submitted all 3 synopses to my publisher.
  6. Worked on another project while I waited for feedback on which book they’d prefer to see next.
  7. Received feedback.
  8. Revised story outline & character sketches based on publisher’s suggestion to remove one story element.
  9. Worked on rough draft.
  10. Had inspiration for a new story, so I put Walter and Kevin’s aside to create proposal since Christmas stories were being considered at my publisher. After receiving approval, I wrote and revised Take Me Home.
  11. Back to Walter and Kevin’s story. Worked on completing rough draft.
  12. Had to take a break to work on edits from my editor for Take Me Home.
  13. Back to Walter and Kevin’s story. Completed revisions of first seven chapters.
  14. Decided to make several major changes to the story (scenes deleted and new scenes added). Reviewed entire manuscript and worked in changes.
  15. Completed revisions of first ten chapters (as of today).

This story is nothing like it started out as, and yet, it’s becoming more of what I had envisioned in the first place. I cannot tell you how much I love the conversations and interactions between Walter and the much younger Kevin.

This book may not have had the quickest path to publication, but I am really happy with what I’ve got on the page now.

I’ve also worked on revisions to part four of Mark and Scott’s story, the serial novel More Than Just a Good Book. I need to review a few more times, and then send to my critique partner. I’ll announce when it’s ready for you to read on the blog and in my newsletter.

So that’s where I’m at this week. Thanks for listening!

Video I Love: Around the World in 6,237 Pictures

From YouTube: “After I quit my job last year, I packed a bag, grabbed my camera and bought a one way ticket to London. 17 countries later, I compiled this time lapse of the many amazing places I came across.” –Kien Lam http://kienlam.net