I’m so excited! I have fully re-written Awakening and it’s off in Kerrin’s hands now, for edit number two. I have three definite other people to pass it to, before it’s *gulp* done. And we’re making the most of a dry spell Glenn’s having at work, by having an impromptu break. Sure a lack of work is a budget issue, but I’ve got ten days owing so might as well take lemons and make lemonade : ) In my glorious six days off we’ll be walking the dogs, clearing the section (spring is here! Soon BBQ time!) and I’ll be ready grammar books as well as working on The Arrival. Only problem being, half of me is seriously tempted to fully re-write it, which I suspect is a very bad idea ;p So I’m going to resist temptation there and instead work on re-formatting it (I think I’ve finally figured out how to make line breaks in kindle!!!) and adding a glossary of names to the beginning, as well as checking my grammar stuff *grin* Once that’s all done, I’ve format it for Createspace and finally be able to see it in print!
On to the second part of my title is asking for your support to help a local indie film maker, Chaz Harris. He’s written and directed a film about a young boy called Max Petersen who is being bullied at school and has an abusive father at home. One day, when playing alone in the woods, he makes a mysterious discovery that will change his life forever.
It’s called Broken Glass and has attracted the support of Shine; New Zealandʼs largest single domestic abuse organisation registered as a charity. In 2011, Shine is celebrating 20 years of doing what works to stop domestic abuse. With the issues of bullying and domestic violence at its core, “Broken Glass” is told from a childʼs point of view but contains some quite adult content at times. A similar contrast between ethereal childhood fantasy and a young childʼs harsh reality was also achieved in the film “Panʼs Labyrinth”. The aim is to create a story of fantasy realism that revisits a time in filmmaking when audiences were asked to use their imaginations instead of being shown with visual effects.
So help spread the word about this awesome project by sharing this post and/or pop onto the link here and hit the like button! Help spread the word peoples 🙂
Or so goes my current editing theory anyway *grin* I’m at 60% of the full re-write, which isn’t as far through as I wanted to be by now (I wanted to be done!) but I am really pleased with the results so far. There have been major additions and some major subtractions and WOW is this book busy! Lots happening on Sytas *grin* I’m working my ass off and really, really hope to have it off to critiquer number 2 – aka Kerrin, before the end of the week. Then while she is looking over that, I’m going to motor through the few grammar books I have and finish the edit on The Arrival and get it into the right layout for Createspace *eee* So I’ll have a week, maybe two to do that ;p But as the title of this post says, I’m all about working smarter not harder this time. With The Arrival there were too many half-assed re-writes before the final doozey and that’s why I started with Vicki’s critique first. And as with The Arrival I do believe at least 95% of her advice has been taken – because it is GOOD advice, proving the most valuable thing in the world to an indie author is a good critiquer. After Kerrin is done with book two, I’ll go through all her notes and then I intend on printing it out and going through it line by line, backwards. To spot errors….Ecccckkkk just discussing all this is making me exhausted *lol* Anyhoo, thought I’d give you all an update.