Last week I took a few days to compile all the rewrites I’ve been working on for months, and to say my book has grown is an overwhelming understatement. There’s still a few places that need some bulking up, but it’s currently sitting at, drum roll please….
In my defense, that’s 994 pages DOUBLE spaced.
Needless to say, I am quite glad I’ve put a month aside for toning up and trimming down this behemoth (but that might not be enough).
I am working on world building for the next couple of days still- I’ve gone back and identified the places where I introduced a new location, and I’m improving the descriptions, especially now that I am surrounded by pictures of places that look like the settings I’m describing (I printed them out and stuck them all around my office wall). I’m finding this really helpful, because when I’m just focusing on setting, I can see a few places where the descriptions were really just too vague. It’s really starting to feel like progress now that I’ve put it all back together and have a book again instead of just files filled with sections and chapters.
I will also be posting some slightly different entries here as well over the next few months. I am taking a course on Travel Writing, and I will be taking a course on Magazine Writing in November, so I thought with this being my writing blog, it would be the perfect place to post some of my forays into different types of writing, alongside my regular blog content. I have a piece in mind already about a trip to the local museum to see their brewers’ exhibit, and a visit to the new artisan cheese shop, so keep a keen eye out for that one.
Also, I am working on a new blog called Far Back Foods. It’s my culinary journey into the past. I will be launching that blog soon, with my first post on my experimental cooking of potage, a medieval thickened stew where anything the people had they threw in. Evidently you could see something as open ended as that, especially for someone as far from a cooking expert as myself, has the potential to go very wrong. Not going to lie, my mantra making that meal was “I have no idea what I’m doing”, but I will be posting that article on my new blog within the next week, so watch out for that thrilling conclusion.
I think that is all for now.
Thank you all for sticking with me, and here’s to growth and progress moving forward! Lots more updates and writing to come!