Sometimes, he REALLY enjoys editing… but it does weird things to his brain.

In case you’re wondering, I’m almost halfway through editing The Sleeping and the Dead. No, I’m not getting so caught up in the story that I forget to correct the occasional punctuation glitch, and I’m trying to keep the jokes in the margins to a minimum. (When I caught myself typing Hexapodia: it explains everything, in response to something in yesterday’s last chapter, I knew it was time to back away from the manuscript and take a break for the rest of the evening. Before that, in the same paragraph, was a sentence, Then the real horror began. I immediately thought of the ...And then the murders began meme. Some back corner of my brain is still testing opening sentences from various novels I’ve read to see if any of them are suitable…)

Don’t blame the editor’s sense of humor on the manuscript. In general, my brain has been doing a lot of weird “story splicing” lately. Example: “Candy Mountain, Corey!” (Unicorns. Kidneys. Please don’t make me explain all of it… but here’s a link to one of the pieces of that “splice.” Relevant bit is very close to the end of the short video.) Paul thought it was funny — and wrong — when I told him, anyway.

There’s a bit of dark stuff in this manuscript, though. (*wonders if that last sentence is too much understatement*) And humor, too, because life is like that. Some of the humorous bits are funny partly because of dramatic irony… or whatever you’d call it when the “dramatic irony” is all on the outside. (Paul has thrown in a red herring or four into this story; some of them amuse me greatly.) And maybe a few of the dark parts are darker because I know what real events inspired them. Or what fictional events they echo or foreshadow.

(*mutters something that probably shouldn’t ever be repeated aloud about the drawbacks of being a precog*)

That reminds me… Here’s something Grace saw online — on Pinterest, most likely — and saved to the computer for me to find:

 

‘Nother reason not to drink coffee with cinnamon in it anytime soon, yeah? (*grumbles about technological “upgrades” that we never asked for*) I would definitely wear a patch like that on an old leather jacket, though. The only question would be which t-shirt to wear under the jacket: my Eddi and the Fey concert shirt, or the one my brother bought for me when he went to Meteor Crater several years ago? (*mutters something about landscape paintings*)

Anyway. Break time will be over in a few more minutes, and then I’ll get back to editing. (I didn’t want to take a break; I just knew I should anyway.) Will keep our myriad adoring fans (and those who will be fans, once they read any of Paul’s novels) updated on progress… and will try not to make too many jokes, or to say anything that could be a spoiler.

And don’t expect any “glitch” posts until the book’s done.

About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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2 Responses to Sometimes, he REALLY enjoys editing… but it does weird things to his brain.

  1. M. Oniker says:

    /me checks the calendar and sees it is not Saturday, but thinks damn, that seemed like a Saturday Stream of Consciousness post
    /me then thinks that most people probably don’t know that /me format is for online RPing (and probably other things I don’t know about)
    /me wonders then if I am currently RPing and decides not to go down that rabbit hole of philosophical brain farts

    Hey, funny and wrong is often what makes things funny in the first place! Funny because it is true, comedians are often depressed, if you don’t laugh you’d cry, et cetera.

    The deco badge is great, though on an old jacket I’d want to see the badge slightly distressed, too.

    There. I didn’t hold back. This is what I really thought. (If you can call it thinking.)

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  2. I read Very Hungry Caterpillar a lot. It was my oldest child’s favorite book, and now it is among my youngest child’s top five favorites. I won’t look at it the same way…

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