Lightening the Load

Summer                                                                                Solstice Moon

Well. It seems I keep discarding things for the sake of writing.  In my early 40’s, not long after marrying Kate, I gave up the ministry.  More recently I’ve set aside the Sierra Club work and docent responsibilities at the MIA.  Now I’ve taken a pause in the Latin until Labor Day.

A loft class starts in a little over a week, one I’m in, focused on revision of novels and getting them ready for marketing.  Though I’ve been working away at revising Missing, I still have a long way to go.  Following up the useful thoughts of my beta readers and my own critiques of the second draft, I stripped out about 35,000 words and made dramatic changes to point of view.  Both require line by line reworking, a process that takes the amount of time that it takes.

I’d very much like to have a finished revision by Labor Day and with the garden plus the bees, something had to give.  Latin was the only thing left.  I’ve had one long caesura with it during the cruise around South America, but this will only be the second one since I began in 2010.  Probably time for a rest anyhow.

Now I’m going to devote as much time as I can to the revision.  Pushing now.  I want to get this done and the book on the market.

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