Friday, September 30, 2011

Make them go away!

I've added in all of the comments from my two "alpha" readers and now there are 351 pink bubbles plaguing my manuscript. My job over the next two weeks will be to MAKE THEM GO AWAY.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Beta Readers & Banjos

My mother and sister recently finished reading my manuscript (Mina) and sent me all of their comments. There were a lot, but I was pleased to find that none of their comments offended me. On the contrary, their feedback has given me more hope for this book than I've ever had. They had ideas for ways to fix the problems I had never been able to solve on my own, and they caught errors in language and logic and character consistency that I would have been embarrassed for anybody else to see.

Today I am inserting all of their comments into my manuscript as little pink Word bubbles. My brain is getting tired of this, so when I'm done, I'm looking forward to counting all of the bubbles. Haha, I'm excited to do math! Not really - I'm excited to do anything other than going through hundreds of comments, deciding which ones to keep, and copying them into a 268-page document.

I would like to thank Mumford and Sons for entertaining me during this important but somewhat monotonous day. If I ever meet them, I will say this: You write beautiful music and make me love the banjo. For your viewing pleasure, here's the video for "Little Lion Man". (My favorite part is when the banjo player starts stomping like crazy toward the end of the video.) Enjoy!