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November 1, 2013

There’s a passage in my WIP–which I finished the draft of, in case you were wondering–where the main character connects the words “virtue” and “virtual.”

As I started to write this entry, I had a similar moment with “revision” (as the title demonstrates). Revision is not fixing typos and dodgy grammar (although that always happens too). It’s seeing the piece again, and imagining the piece again. No matter how tightly outlined, a novel never ends up being wholly like the initial notion one has for it, and revision allows a writer to see what’s there, and imagine what could be there, and decide if the two are functionally identical. If so, time to submit. If not…wash, rinse, repeat.

Anyway, the revision is trundling along at a good clip. I expect I’ll have the prose cleanup pass done this weekend or early next week, and then I ask a couple of friendly betas whether the logic holds together, and then–WUTA Big Books. I envision–there’s that Latin root again–completion before the end of the year.

Moon Shot is out and selling at an encouraging pace, I’m told. See the Read my Stuff page for a link to the publisher’s web site. Personally, I enjoyed the range of stories, which fall into various spots in the Mystery-SF spectrum. I would place mine (“Downhill Slide”) pretty far to the SF side–AIs, asteroid hydroponics, that sort of thing–but it’s still very much a noirish tale about trust and betrayal. Others in the collection are more firmly grounded on Terra Firma or at least low Earth orbit. There’s something for everyone!

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