Saturday, January 26, 2013

It Grows in Caves

A quick picture post to let you know I am alive. I am alive. I have been in my cave. 
Here are pictures of cave life.

Working on the last revisions of Max Black using the patented TOC method.

1. Print TOC.
2. Use highlighters to highlight certain threads.
3. Try to wrap mathematical Vulcan brain around the fact that
not all of the highlighted parts are evenly spaced.
4. Stop looking at TOC and revise for content because not all books
have to fit into some cosmic mathematical idea that I invented.

It should be noted that this is a TOC before I actually start working on it.
The end result is usually very very messy.

So, once I finished Max Black and handed it to my trusted 1st reader,
I moved on to the Reality Boy page proofs for two days.
Today, they go to the UPS office.
And here's today's work.
Back to Max Black. This time reading the printed MS and keeping
the TOC handy to write notes.
This is the final read before I send it away.
Then, it's NAP TIME.
Disappearing for the next week or two, but don't forget, if you live anywhere near St. Paul, you still have a week to enter your response to Everybody Sees the Ants to win a VIP pass onto Lady Gaga's Born Brave bus. Click here for more details.

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Related MAX BLACK Screenshot bonus:

What can I say?
What can I say?

More on that in 2014.


Joanne R. Fritz said...

Glad you're still alive, but you are a tease. We have to wait until 2015 for an explanation of what wrinkle cream has to do with Max Black?

AGGHH! Waiting for one of your books is so hard...

But I admire your TOC method and may try to adapt it, if I can understand how the heck you do it. I have messy pieces of paper all over my desk including a hand-drawn map of the area where the novel takes place, notes about timelines, brief synopses of scenes. I also have a Word doc with an outline of what happens each day, since this novel takes place in one week. And I'm still troubled by the timeline. You seem so organized.

A.S. King said...

The TOC method didn't start until book uh...maybe #9 or 10? Before then, I had a lot of papers all over my desk, too. I do recommend it. It really helps me place scenes and see how pacing works or doesn't work, etc.