Back to Editing


So, with the novel in submission, I’m back to freelance editing. I have 2 clients at the moment, and another I need to talk to, to see if we are a good fit for each other. My current projects are both super-interesting, and I really enjoy the editing work!

Re-Thinking the Next Video


Bursts of Fire has been supported, so far, by two action-adventure videos. The next videos we want to put out are artist-inspiration videos, but the feedback we got last summer was that they were unclear. So we are re-thinking the idea of having them with no voice-over.

I had one of the artists (Adria Laycraft) visit me this week and we did a voice recording of her answering a bunch of questions about what inspires her art. Of course, with modern technology, you can do a fairly good digital recording with minimal equipment, but my daughter, who has her BFA in this field, suggested we do it in the laundry room with foamies to absorb the echoes, and use a nylon-stocking pop-blocker.

I think the recording worked pretty well. Of course, the proof will be when we put it onto the video, and see if the quality is what we want. Still, an interesting experiment.

Show vs Tell


Got a lovely compliment on the last day of teaching Show vs Tell for the Alexandra Centre. Two students, separately, asked if I was teaching any upcoming courses. Then, during the Q&A at the end, a third student asked the same thing in front of the group and suggested I let the class know if/when I had an upcoming course. I’d told them I was negotiating potential dates to teach “Novel Surgery,” and when that was finalized a day later and I informed them, I got two registrations within the next 24 hours. I took that as a compliment!

Final read-through


This week, I (almost!) finished the final read-through for Scents of Slavery. Sometimes the back-and-forthing can introduce new errors because you work in small chunks of text. Then, next week, I hope to have this one off to Laksa Media!

Finished first round edits


This week, I did the back-and-forthing for Scents of Slavery. That is, referencing all the notes I took while doing the first draft (and the continuity notes for all the books, like checking to see I never used the words “month” or “moon”), deciding in which scene each change needs to go, and incorporating them.