Random Quarantine Thoughts

A ranking of the various hot sauces in our house:

  • Sweet Chili Chicken Sauce – A nice, sweet heat
  • El Yucateco Red Hot Sauce – Perfect. Adds heat, makes your nose run, doesn’t kill you
  • Smokin’ Hot Sauce (part of a 4-pack of Valentines Day hot sauces) – Got bite. Made Dan sneeze.
  • After Death Sauce – One drop is enough. Seriously, I kid you not. Any more and it will kill you.
We are not kidding. One drop is enough for an entire pot of Rice and Peas

Things I can’t find in the grocery store:

  • Any frozen fruit other than “citrus blend”
  • Sorbet (other than “citrus” flavor)
  • Konjac noodles
  • Scent-free laundry detergent
  • Will power
They call to me, I swear.

Things I’ve read in the past month:

  • Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
  • The Burrowers Beneath, by Brian Lumley
  • Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King
  • Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom (MG Graphic Novel) by Tui T. Sutherland and illustrated by Mike Holmes
  • Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir (MG Graphic Novel) by Tui T. Sutherland and illustrated by Mike Holmes
  • Sunny Rolls the Dice (MG Graphic Novel) by by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
  • 30 Days of Night (Graphic Novel) by Steve Niles, illustrated by Ben Templesmith
  • A literal crap-ton of news, AITA, and Not Always Right

Things I like about editing:

  • Feeling the story come together with every little change I make
  • Pulling small threads, inserting scenes, and tweaking dialog to strengthen themes and character arcs
  • Cutting out EVERYTHING that doesn’t need to be there:
    • Scene doesn’t move the plot forward? Gone
    • Sentence doesn’t ring quite true? Gone
    • Sentence duplicates a thought or feeling I’ve already expressed, and isn’t needed for rhythm? Gone.
    • Filler words (just, really, that etc.) Gone
    • “could see”, “could feel” – replaced with “saw”, “felt”
  • Watching that word count go down

Things I dislike about editing:

  • I’ve been doing it non-stop since November and I REALLY want to work on my new project now! Please? Can I just work on my new novel?

Quarantine Cats!

Work from home manager
Study from home companion
Associate in charge of mental health breaks
Dungeons and Dragons Supervisor

Stay safe!

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