First off, Blogger hasn't been emailing me every time I get comments, like it's supposed to. If your comment doesn't show up right away, you have my apologies. I'll try to remember to check the comment thingy more often.
Now, on to what I had originally thought about posting today...
Editing is exhausting. This edit in particular is sucking the energy right out of me. I've already done 13.5 pages of notes and entered them into the manuscript. And I'm on page 121 out of 189.
What I do in this phase is read through the book on my Kindle and make notes on every little thing I catch (because all the big things should've been handled in the last edit phase). When I get a page of notes, I come in here and fix them. Making a page of notes can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how many flaws I find. Fixing those errors can also take 20 minutes to an hour, depending on how extensive the problem was.
The problems here range from commas to typos, extra words and missing words... 'I thought I caught all the instances where Precious was called Pinky, dammit'... Gus' turned into Gus's... crutch words and rewording... Sometimes I read a paragraph and every freakin' sentence needs an adjustment, leaving me wondering what the hell I was thinking when I wrote it. Either my brain was on vacation or my fingers had a mind of their own that day.
I had hoped to have this finished and into the hands of proofers by the end of this week. It's Friday, so I'm guessing that ain't gonna happen.
I hope you'll all maintain your patience with me. I'm tired and I want to just chuck the rest of the edits and say 'eh, it's good enough'. But I won't do that. It wouldn't be fair to you or fair to the book. So I'll keep slogging along, mainlining coffee and cigarettes, until this is done.
But I'm tellin' ya, once this is off to the proofers, I'm taking a day off and going fishing. Blerg.