i was looking back at my mid-year planning list (how useful is it to have a record of these things!) and i’m quite pleased with myself. just about everything short-fiction wise has been ticked off; i have one last story revise that is stewing in my head now, but otherwise it is all talassio from now until the end of the year. i hope to have the third full draft done by the holidays.
for this last pass on talassio, i am further exploring this handwriting thing. i bought an unusually fat blank book in venice to pen the revise. or at least, that was my plan; right now it seems to be more a matter of copying it over with an eye towards tweaking the language, with a lot of red-inked questions in the margins. i suspect this is because i am in the intro, which i have always been very nervous about changing even as i know it’s extremely ponderous and dull right now. as i get further into the story i hope the penning will allow me to make the small edits to details, wording, etc. that i need to do but that i always lose sight of when i’m sitting in front of a screen. but too there’s something about writing it out, word for word: you see the story at a different level, you notice different things. i might start making a handwritten second/third draft part of my process for everything.
more practically, though, shifting into a handwriting mode saves my back, and it lets me get privacy when stuff is going on at home. i can’t sit in front of a computer for eight hours straight anymore, and i don’t have a laptop; pen and paper allow me to move around the house, or go to the library when the mister decides he wants to build things in the backyard with very noisy power tools.
. . . and i just realized, looking at the list and my stories out and about, that with the acceptance to metazen i am officially cleared out of flash fiction. january might be flash month . . . i suspect that after a wholesale overhaul of talassio it will be very nice to work on some short-short pieces for a while.