…I didn’t mark up that much. The newbie that I am took those words to mean there just wasn’t that much to critique. So, naturally, I open the story to see the “final” round of edits to be done, and there are revisions EVERYWHERE, lol. I don’t think there was one page without notes, strike-through’s, or RW. They were all great and I made the necessary changes, but if that is an editor’s version of not marking much, I’d hate to see them mark a lot! ūüėÄ

I would get off from work and stay up late into the night and then wake up early the next morning to do more. The first 100 pages were tedious, but it got easier after I fell into the flow of things. But then I started noticing something wonky with MS Word. When you are in “review” mode and turn the pane on to view comments and revisions, the program moves slower than dial-up. (Oh yes, I am showing my age right now. I know all about dial-up.) And don’t try to add a comment; the whole file would freeze. When that happened, I prayed that MS Word would eventually start working again, because I usually hadn’t saved the last few pages. I had to redo so many revisions.

I did finish it all tonight and shipped the revised document back to the publisher. I hope I don’t get labeled as a “slow” author, lol. I always take a few weeks to return full-story edits. It would help if I didn’t need a full time job to do things like pay bills and eat and stuff. And it would also help if I wasn’t preparing to move to a new place and taking care of business. This month has been busy. Maybe April will be a little more chill.

Well, I really only came on to say: WOOHOO! I FINISHED MY REVISIONS AND SENT THEM AWAY! And now it’s late, so I’m going to say goodnight. I am so tired.

Until next time!

I used to think I was just MS Word stupid or a jinx, but after doing some net research I have come across many a message board with people ranting and raving about how MS Word sucks.

It is very hard to submit a manuscript in the format an agent asks for when MS Word has trouble even putting the manuscript in normal format.¬† My documents end up with these huge paragraph sized gaps at the end of the page, because MS word doesn’t want to break up paragraphs, and I end up having the manually drag the ruler down on each page.¬† I know some¬†sites say: Oh easy fix, take off word wrap, make sure Widows and Orphans is on.¬† Well it’s off, and it’s on, and MS Word¬†still sucks.¬†

Now, MS Word has decided that it’s forgotten how to measure margins.¬† I set it for 1 inch margins on all sides and it gives me insanity.¬† I am going to have to get a real ruler and stick it up to my monitor to measure my own margins to make sure MS Word is behaving.¬† I just don’t get it.¬†¬†There’s nothing like getting 50 pages into a document only to notice… WTF… that margin doesn’t look 1 inch.¬† Highlight everything, check it, it says it’s one inch… BUT IT’S NOT!¬†

I miss Word Perfect.¬† That was my favorite word program, but nowadays they make it¬†MS Word or nothing.¬† I used to take Word Perfect files and convert them to MS Word, but it ends up putting funny formatting into the document and I’d have to go through and manually edit them.¬†¬†

Okay, enough of the MS Word rant… but hey, the reason why I’m ranting is because I’m… WRITING.¬† Yes, that’s right.¬† I have actually come up with the rationale behind the sequel to my first book, and am ready to outline the plot.¬†¬†Funny thing about me, I usually get well into the bowels of a piece before I decide to outline, lol.¬†¬†I know I’m backward, but writing the¬†chapters inspire the outlines for me, not the other way around.¬† I¬†used to write my papers like that, too.¬† I never outlined anything, and if teachers required for us to turn in an outline of our papers, I’d¬†take my already written paper and use it to make the outline.

Well, wish me luck. 

Oh, and if the agent that requested my manuscript really only takes a month, then I should be hearing something about if¬†she likes or hates my manuscript soon.¬† I’ll keep¬†you posted!