Revisions In January

Here’s to a great 2015! May all your projects come to fruition!

It’s been about three weeks since I last posted anything, so first off – Happy New Year!  We’ve started a new year and it’s filled with promise for the most part.

Part of the promise for the new year is to revise the NaNo novel in January and I made that promise on the NaNoWriMo site, so I’ve been trying to get going on it.  Unfortunately, January has been an extremely busy month so far with other writing projects that are not nearly as much fun and one that is kind of neat.  But they’re all time consuming and brain cell burning, so it’s been a struggle to get to the revision.  I even had a training course that I signed up to take this month and I’m falling woefully behind on it as well.

Nonetheless, I’ve just managed to get started on the revision of Funeral Singer.  So far, I have gone through and broken the novel into smaller chapters than I had originally, so instead of 17 chapters, I am now up to 30.  Some of the chapters were covering a lot of territory and I think smaller chapters are often easier for readers to tackle as well as find a good stopping place for the night.  Of course, if I do my job well, then my readers won’t want to stop for the night, right?  I’ve also revised and edited the first five chapters now.  It has been good so far and not too many changes in them.  I’ve tweaked some words and phrases in various places, deleted a few things that aren’t needed and I think it’s a tighter read.  If I can keep up this pace, I just might get through the revision by the end of the month.

bookwormNext up, I am seeking Beta Readers.  For those who may not know, the beta reader is someone willing to read the book, make comments on pacing, story problems, plot holes and let me know where or if they might stumble in reading due to awkward phrasing or some other reason.  The book is a paranormal mystery or maybe paranormal thriller, not sure which way to classify it just yet.  But I am looking for a few people who are willing to read it and comment.  If you think you’d like to give it a try, email me at

That’s it for this week.  I’ll catch up with you again soon with another status report and possibly a background article.