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If editing were weight-lifting, I’d be benching 3 ounces.

For months, I told myself I’d start editing the second book in the Glass Ball trilogy (begun by The Monster’s Daughter) just as soon as I finished drafting Elelu. You know, that book I joyfully proclaimed drafted, oh, five weeks ago?

I figured I’d take a week or two to celebrate having hit a milestone. Except, whoops! “A week or two” turned into chillaxin’ until the end of September.

We’re now five days into October. I’ve diligently set aside a portion of each morning for editing.

So far, editing is going swimmingly! I’ve created some graphics reflective of my October morning editing so far to help you feel like you, too, are a part of my editing experience.

As you can see, I mean that in only the most literal of ways.

5:18 a.m.

5:24 a.m.

5:37 a.m.

Ba.D. is unceasingly impressed by my editing skills. I’ve created a graphic representation of this for you, too:

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  1. October 5, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Hahaha! I feel you, sister slacker. Not that I have a book to edit… Thanks for pointing out that I haven’t written anything new in a little while (“I read this already!”). 😛 But on the flip side, thanks for being so loyal as to keep coming back, even when content is slow!

    Love the yellow bow!

    • October 5, 2011 at 5:32 am

      I was bummed I couldn’t fit my yellow skirt in, so I had to go with a yellow bow instead. (Future images will have both!)

      I toyed with several different text bubbles for FtB, but I landed on that because (a) it was the least wordy and (b) I know you know I love your blog and am not posting it in the spirit of Ba.D.’s look here. At all. 🙂

      That being said, I do look forward to your next post–which I’ll enjoy equally if it comes in a day, a week, or a month!

  2. October 5, 2011 at 5:36 am

    *happy, goofy little giggles*

    My editing process is . . . save it to the hard drive, maybe I’ll come back to it. Maybe.

    Ooh, something shiny!


    • October 5, 2011 at 5:39 am

      😀 😀 😀

      Your approach and its expression get eight thumbs up from me! (I’m participating in “Be A Martian Day 2011.”)

  3. Joy
    October 5, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Ha, thanks for the laugh this morning. But editing… Blahhhhhhhh

    • October 5, 2011 at 5:50 am

      Thank you! I’m always glad to inspire laughter–OK, almost always glad, but this is definitely one of those cases! 😉

  4. October 5, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Bua ha haaa! I love this! you’ve illustrated what happens to me when I try to simply write a post for my blog. 😀

    • October 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      Where blog writing and blog writing alone is concerned, I’m at the opposite end of the spectrum: I am constantly having to force myself to stop writing blog entries! The more blog entries I write, the less I’m able to keep up in-comment dialogue, which I love–so I’m trying to set up a rule whereby I only get to post a new entry if I’m caught up on comments on the last! Perhaps living this will help me slow down a little, and find more words for other projects, to boot. :p

  5. October 5, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Haha I feel your pain, I much prefer writing a draft to editing sigh. Good luck with it!

    • October 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      I enjoy editing once I get into the swing of it, but . . . it’s a very hard thing to get into the swing of! Like you, writing is a lot easier for me to get into the swing of. 🙂

  6. October 5, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Good one! 🙂 It’s all about what we would rather be doing! I’m sitting here reading and commenting, rather than cleaning bathrooms!

    OK, I’ll go do my “Cinderella Chores” if you go edit! Deal?

    P.S. Love the stick figures!!

    • October 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you. 🙂

      I need to revisit this comment when I awaken early to edit tomorrow! I’ll just pretend it’s time-stamped for tomorrow morning, so the “offer” still stands. Hee.

  7. October 5, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Sounds like a day in life of a very productive college student.

    See! You’re just young at heart 😀

  8. October 5, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I’d’ve responded to this sooner but I procrastinated… 😉

    Seriously, all the best with the proof-reading!

  9. October 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I try to make my lap top edit for more and do a quick little once over before I do a blog post. Now, with Novels and chapters to them, I get sooo lazy trying to re-edit them. I just end up giving up and writing another blog post instead. 😉

  10. October 5, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I love the term ‘stick figurage’. I vow to use ‘figurage’ every day. Keep up the stick figuraging. D’oh. I mean, get back to editing, Deb.

  11. October 5, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Oh you do make me laugh lady! These graphics could have clearly illustrated me today. Trying to write two articles, for which the deadlines are looming but could only muster the motivation to eat cake, tweet a bit and read some blogs. I blame a bad night with a teething baby – what’s your excuse?! x

  12. October 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

    OMG! Your title cracked me up. I sooo relate. I have notes all over my printed out partial novel ready for more editing and it’s like, Blah. Blah! Blah. Maybe tomorrow.

  13. October 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Yeah, this post with the cute stick figures is not at ALL slacking off from the task you’re so busy telling us about. Not. At. All.

    • October 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      I seriously considered making a fourth slide demonstrating me writing this post! 😉

      That’s one thing I’m serious about, at least! Hee.

  14. October 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I. LOVE IT!!! Especially the third pic, for some reason 🙂

    Your laziest day is my most prolific one, girl!

    P.S. – Ordered “The Monster’s Daughter” from Amazon last night. Oooh I can’t wait!

  15. October 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Hang in there! I am impressed you are at least to the figurage and some work stage! I have been in a funk the last several (many?) weeks given some of the absurdity of my current legal situation. When not laughing at the farcical nature of it all, I am dumb-founded. I need to get back to work myself–and maybe your “triumph” will encouage me.

  16. John Erickson
    October 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hey, you’re not slacking, you’re gathering your mental processes, then backing up to get a running start!
    Yeah, I figured that was a gutterball…..
    Anyway, good luck!

  17. October 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I’ve been meaning to ask you for the longest time: now that you’re a mom, how do you find the time to write? Seriously, I could use some tips!

    PS: I’ll be buying your book soon too!

  18. October 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    One can NEVER have enough Hugh!! I think you’re amazing with how much you accomplish and I really love your stick figures. They’re quite similar to my artistic style! 🙂

  19. October 6, 2011 at 4:26 am

    These stick figures just pull me in. Great “editing” style. Ya never know where it will take you.

  20. October 6, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Hilarious! Good work, Deborah.

  21. October 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Hahaha. I know that feeling. I haven’t written anything in 7 weeks (I blame my job) but I’ll start tomorrow, I promise.

  22. October 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Keep it up… you are on a roll. 😆

  23. October 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Still catching up… kids in town from fall college break. 🙂

  24. October 7, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Ah, the procrastination! ‘Tis an issue, ’tis an issue…

    However, you can always claim that you’re going to incorporate the stick-figurage into your books, and thus all your doodling is actually practice!

  25. Andrew
    November 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    haha, hey, if 3 ounces is more than you were benching the last time, then you’ve made progress!

    That being said, I can understand procrasturbating when it comes to editing 😛

  26. November 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Keep it up, Deb!

    Love, “The Person Reading your Blog Obsessively Whilst She Should be Editing her Novella.”

    There is SO much distraction floating around. And we writers are so easily distracted because we’re so easily fascinated by the shiny and new. We really do need our own little vacuum sealed writerly huts to finish what we started, don’t you think?

  27. February 11, 2012 at 6:51 am

    lol, that’s pretty much how I edited my friend’s book manuscript. I gave up after about four chapters.

  28. October 23, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Good good good!!! Edit baby edit!!

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