I was trying to avoid leaving myself this opportunity, to ramble on in a journaling fashion for at least 750 words. It seems to be unavoidable, though, since I didn't get any writing done last night or today. Well, I guess I should say I didn't get any writing done in a real fashion; I got some writing done while I was editing. Of course, I was also taking away words just as quickly, if not more so, during the process, so I'm not sure that that counts, you know?
But editing on Tales of the Supers
is coming along nicely. I found out last night that the version I turned up had edits through Wonder's section almost completed. That's technically Chapter Two of the five chapter novella. Each chapter is about 10,000 words, so it's not like it's slacking, technically. The version I had lost had edits through the beginning of Chapter Four, which is Honey's section. That means that I lost half my work. On the other hand, it also means that I didn't lose all
my work. I'll take the win there.
Since getting this version of the edits back, I've gone back over the changes I had already made. I've also progressed through the rest of Chapter Two, done all of Chapters Three and Four, and am now on the first part of Chapter Five. I've also edited Ellie Hicks.com
to include a lot of this information.
The parts go like this: Caliburn, Wonder, Scarlett, Honey, The Ascended, and Epilogue. Looking at all the edits daimeryan_rei
found for me, I can tell I wrote this as a NaNo project. There's a lot of repetition, and there's a lot of me saying in twenty words what could be said in ten. I'm trying to trim those down. Basically, I'm trying to help the novel lose its baby fat. It has a gracious plenty of it, sadly enough. Once I get through this set of edits, then I have an entire other one to look through, thanks to my also begging katsuko
to look it over.
Once I've gone through all the editing, I've begged Katsuko (and I think
she's agreed) to look it over one more time, see if it also flows well and looks right. If it does, then I'm going to start prepping it for publication. I might even get it up on CreateSpace by my birthday at this rate. Hopefully, that's not me jinxing myself, though. Of course, putting Tales of the Supers
out by my birthday means that I need to push Color of Life
back a bit too, but I don't know that anyone's as concerned about that as I am.
The downside of all this editing is that my shoulders and back are getting seriously stiff and sore. I feel like I've been beaten with a meat tenderizer. Actually, no. I feel like I would feel better if I had been beaten with a meat tenderizer. At least then the muscles might relax a bit. We trolled around the malls a bit today killing time, and I kept eyeballing the massage places. Every time I've ever stopped into one, I've felt better after the experience. However, every time I've ever been, they've upsold me at least 10 more minutes, which is at least another $10 to $15. Maybe once my tax return gets in and I have my car taken care of, then I'll see about doing a massage.
Nothing new from Georgia State. Frances did let me know that they located my application, which I think I've mentioned already. It takes a while for committees to go through applicants, and this is most assuredly going to be done by committee, since it's such a senior level position. What's killing me is that I know I will get at least one round of interviews, which is good. I have a cute dress I can wear for one round of interviews. I don't really have anything that's flattering for a second round of interviews. I'm in that in between stage of losing weight where nothing looks right on me. If it hides part of my stomach, it makes my ass look miles wide. If it flatters my ass, it's too tight at the stomach. I do have other dresses and skirts, but most of the skirts that currently fit me aren't terribly interview appropriate... and the others don't fit. Seriously, I need something melt the weight off me, so that I can at least fit into some of my slacks and such.
Still working out. Still need to be doing better eating. I can admit this easily enough. I'm cutting my portions way down with everything I eat, even if we're eating out, so maybe that's something. I'm trying to use the Bunme system
for eating, eating until I'm 70% or 80% full, since I'm not fantastic at other actual diets. If I'm still hungry after I finish eating, I have some hot tea. That's been working well for me so far, and I think I'm managing to train my stomach for less and less food... but in small and hopefully sustainable doses.
But all that said, I'm having serious stomach issues at the moment for the last few months. A lot of is stress, I know this. I also know have IBS and gastroenteritis. My gastroenterologist was concerned that I was developing gluten sensitivities too. All I can say to that is that I do feel better when I eat as little gluten as possible, so there might be something to it. I think if I could cut gluten to a 10% or lower level and go back on Happy Herbivore, eating whole foods, I would get a lot of this weight off... and I would probably feel better with less stomach issues to boot. It's just getting the energy to cook every meal. That's what I'm lousy at.
Or maybe I should make a challenge to myself and Katsuko: we only eat out if we can eat at places that I can eat both vegan and mostly gluten-free at. Yes, that narrows our list way, way down... but not to impossible levels. It leaves Sushi Itto, Loving Hut, and Macaroni Grill... which are three options I know we both love. There are probably other places we can try too, but those are the three we tend to gravitate towards, so maybe we can limit ourselves to those three (and I can avoid what I'm optimistically calling "gastric distress"). So, hey, katsuko
, challenge accepted?