Another late post. Sorry folks, but yesterday just got away from me. Chalk it up to the fact that MBH had to go out of town, which meant she needed me to take her to work (because her flight didn’t leave until after noon, and she could still work half a day before going to the airport). Or maybe it was due to the fact that a nasty storm blew through the night before, setting off our tornado watch alerts shortly after we got to sleep, and costing us a few precious hours of sleep. (The pic to the left is radar from about an hour after the worst of it was past.) Or perhaps it was because I was busy organizing beta readers and getting EPP ready to send out to them. Whatever the reason, I blew it and forgot to write my WW post.
So here it is…
First, as mentioned above, the rough draft of End Point Pangaea is off to beta readers. The urge to keep working on it… to keep tweaking it… was hard to ignore. There is always something more that you feel the need to clarify or add. But I finally had to tell myself that this is the rough draft, and beta readers don’t need it to be perfect. As a matter of fact, beta readers add an unbiased eye to the manuscript, usually catching things that the author simply cannot see by virtue of the fact that the eye of the writer will usually see what he intended to write, rather than what he wrote. So it’s often wasted effort trying to “fix” things in the rough draft. You (or at least I) can spend all sorts of time working on something that you want to get just right, only to find that half of your beta readers have found another problem that makes your re-writes moot. Eventually, you have to accept the fact that it’s never going to be perfect. As the saying goes, art is never complete, it’s just finally abandoned.
This morning I awoke to find that one of the beta readers has already finished it, and as of a few minutes ago, she has already sent a reply email and tracked changes on the manuscript. Wow! Talk about a fast turn around!
I suppose that means I should get back to work, though. So we’ll make this another short blog post. But before I go, how about this week’s RPotW? Here’s a cute puppy pic for you. This is Tilly. She’s a French Bulldog puppy, and we met her last week while walking the dogs. She’s about as cute as she could be, and ran right up to us while we were walking. As I’ve mentioned before, our girls are not the most social of dogs when it comes to people outside of our pack, whether they have two legs or four, so we were concerned that they would misbehave when she approached. There were a couple of tense moments while we made sure Bella and Cricket sat and stayed, but it honestly looked like they were all right with her. We just didn’t want to take any chances.
So smile at the cute puppy, (how could you not?) and have a great week, everyone. Stay safe, and I’ll talk to you again soon.