I'm so close to having my editing pass done on my book. So close. Right now the count is 23 pages left. Of course for every 10 pages I edit, I seem to add 2. Which feels wrong. I thought I'd be cutting it down. Here's the thing. I did a lot of cutting and rearranging in the first half of the book, but the second half, well that half just had a lot of things missing, thus the adding in. When writing the book, (this happened on the second book I wrote too) as I got nearer and nearer to the end it felt like the whole story was crashing in to the end too fast. Now I can see why. It's not that I tried to rush myself. It's that so many elements come together in the end and as they collide and culminate, the story itself starts to implode. Not in a bad way. More in a "Hurray, we made it to the resolution of the story!" way. But as I write the ending, more and more elements that are in my head do not make it to the page. Though, at the time, I thought they did. Now that we've gone back and studied the story critically it was easy to see that many things I thought I'd written had stayed lodged in my noggin. That brings me back to my current editing state. So close to being done. But I can't let the story rush this time, I have to be methodical and careful. So close.
Here are some pins from last week. There are a few geeky t-shirts. One teacher's very clever assignment: Angry Verbs. Reindeer beer. Some jokes. Chinese space children. Seriously. And have you heard that saying, "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus"? Well there's a news clipping in there where that originated. I hadn't known that one and found it intriguing. Just click on the picture and Enjoy!