Wow. There it is. I did not realize how satisfying it would be. To look at it. To see it. Stacked there after three hours of waiting.
Am I being vague?
Yes, yes I am.
It’s because it’s somewhat odd for me to go into this. But I think it’s time I told all of you. Stopped keeping it a secret.
I printed my manuscript.
Oh yes, there’s been hints of what I’ve been up to this last while, but in the end, I’ll tell you now.
I wrote a book. And I’m revising it. And per the instructions of one’s more experienced than I, I printed the entire thing out on paper. It’s a monster of a stack. I could knock out a person with this thing.
Because you see, I didn’t know what the usual formatting is for printing a revision hard copy, so I went with what seemed easiest for me to read and edit.
So it’s Courier New, size twelve, double-spaced. And, in this form, 70,000 words or so is around 500 printed pages. Like the article’s title suggests, it’s a mountain of paper.
And I’m going through it with a red pen and just hitting every inconsistency and obvious grammar error (the micro stuff is for a later revision.) And once I’m done with that I plan to send it to my Alphas.
Yes, Alphas. I’m planning to do an Alpha run, followed by a Beta run. I will be thorough about this. I think my Alpha group will be small, refined. While my Beta’s a bigger, more general group of people.
So, yeah, that’s what’s happening. A life update. How rare of me. I guess, if people like this, I’ll write some other updates as the process continues.
I’m a professional writer. A professional copywriter. But soon, I hope also an author.
Special thanks to: Bob Gerkin, Collin Pearman, Dylan Alexander, Jerry Banfield, Michael The Comic Nerd, Pulsatilla Pratensis, and Thomas J. West.
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