Moving Towards Fall
August 22, 2022
Status on Challenged Love, Consequential Love Series #2
The story has undergone multiple rounds of edits and reviews. Think we're about done and the book will be off to Amazon soon. The eBook is always first available, but print follows quickly. Will send a quick notice when it happens.
Editing - A Process
It's amazing how many times I can review a story and have Word read it to me as well as run it through spelling and grammar checks and still find mistakes like a missing two-letter word. Case in point "…along one side our house." Yeah, an "of" is needed.
Early on my excessive hyphen used was noticed, and it was all due to a misunderstanding on my part. Someone told me: when two adjectives appeared before a noun, use a hyphen to join them as a combination adjective. Whoops, that's only if they don't make sense on their own! Needless to say, I used the FIND feature in Word for a search-and-destroy mission against unnecessary hyphens. And not just on Challenged Love. Oh no! I went through Victorious Love, Restoration, Accidental Attraction and what I have of Sparks Fly.
As a result of the excessive hyphens, I ordered an English Grammar Boot Camp lesson from The Great Courses website (had a sweet deal of 85% off!!) Now I need to schedule some time for it. Afterall, English classes were decades ago.
I won't even delve into the "awhile" versus "a while" debate.
This applying things I learn from my editor is a continual improvement process for my remaining stories.
I participated in another AutoCrit challenge during the middle of August. This one centered on world building. My sense of humor engaged and the world for my story is within a big store on Black Friday. For non-discount shoppers this could be a frightening "world." The title is Black Friday Escape.
They provided a logline for our story idea:
"A world-weary courier takes on one last assignment, only to discover the package they're transporting holds a shocking secret. When a momentary lapse in judgment leaves them stranded in unfamiliar territory, they must fight for survival against the elements and a ruthless organization hell bent on retrieving the cargo."
They didn't ask for an actual story this time only a synopsis (like a summary), no longer than 1,000 words. If you're interested and would like to read my submission, send me an email.
Tomorrow is the completion of the challenge and I'm hoping for a mention. Haven't succeeded in the judged challenges, yet; been doing better in the casual, unjudged challenges.
I read the synopsis to my husband, and it took forever because I laughed so hard.
Writing Continues on Sparks Fly
This story is progressing nicely. Caleb has basically received Grandma Avis's blessing to pursue Ivy. In fact, a recent scene has her aiding in their "picnicking." Yeah, that's like a code word.
With warmest regards,