“So, Weaver… how’s the editing of your clone’s novel going?”

I typed this several days ago:

Chapter Twelve: A character appears in this story who has appeared previously in something else by the same author…

Yes, I’m going a lot slower with copyediting this manuscript than I usually do, but that’s because there are thematic elements in it that are a bit too close to some of the copyeditor’s own nightmares.

And speaking of characters who appeared in that other story, how the hell did I end up writing an extrovert? It’s not as if Raven’s a party animal or anything, but he does get depressed if he’s alone for too long (as I’m sure everyone who read “Solitude” figured out).

Anyway. Freebie clue/”plot spoiler” thing for anyone who reads this post and eventually reads Providence: Michael Delling shows up in chapter twelve of this novel, and he’s not a minor character. You may remember him from Project Brimstone as the friend who visits Harrison, the protagonist of that book, in the hospital.

And this part is new, from January 15:

Logan the kitten, a.k.a. Rodent, is exactly nine months old today, and he’s already a big kitty.

Here’s a photograph:

But you wanted to know about the editing, right?

Well, it’s still going slowly.

First quote that comes to mind after I typed the previous sentence: “The word is slowly. It’s an adverb.” Today seems to be a day for pulling obscure quotes out of thin air to fit anything anyone says. And speaking of landscape artists and their relatives… My twin is already planning the third novel in the Providence sequence. Has been for a while, but now that he’s finished revising the second book, he’s thinking about it in more detail. And a major character in book three is an artist — this is intentional, to mess with the heads of certain individuals who didn’t want my twin to write these stories. Anyway. Michael Delling has a sister; she’s an artist. It has never been specifically stated before now that she’s a landscape artist, but why not? The author’s stepmom is. (The author’s stepmom is a landscape artist named Jenny. How’s that for fun/weird coincidence?)

And this (the previous paragraph) is the sort of thing my brain has been doing to avoid looking too closely at those thematic elements in the manuscript I’m editing.

*drinks coffee*

Now, back to wielding that “red pen”… ūüôā






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 eight cats. 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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1 Response to “So, Weaver… how’s the editing of your clone’s novel going?”

  1. A mini rant and a kitty pic on the same day? You made one introverted, word-nerdy (is that a real word? It is now.) hermit very happy.ūüėÉ

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