out of the ashes

Thursday, March 8, 2012

AARGH!

So Marvin part one is live and ready for purchase (thanks to everyone who has purchased it so far:), and I have my proof copy. I've been reading it. I've read those chapters a thousand times over the years I worked on it. Revise, revise, revise.

The last time I did it and wrote The End I swore, That's it. No more. It's finished. As I uploaded the final draft I had certain reservations concerning a few chapters I'd written when I worked on the book in class...the difference in voice...but I still liked them essentially. In particular when Maribeth introduces Marvin to her parents that first evening in Richard's study. Originally I had Marvin stealing a new suit; burning down the clothing store in the process, and then in his mad rush to flee the scene of the crime, being run over by Maribeth, lol. So what happened in rewrite was deleting all mention of how they first crossed paths (thank you, Anselm). I missed several places in the "final draft"! Reference is made to "...when I ran you down..."

And Robert versus Marvin! Several inconsistencies there as well. Marvin seems not to know him at breakfast the first morning after he awakens in the mansion; recognize Robert's voice. Robert met him at the front door of the mansion the day before, spoke to him, and then again a bit later after Maribeth helps Marvin in the driveway. Yikes!

I cringed. After having read the ms. a thousand times, how did I let those things slip by me?

Back to revision.
I will also combine Books One and Two as they are in my Word file...or files. I have about ten in my docs, lol. Resubmit to Createspace and THEN it will be perfect:) Everyone who bought the less-than-perfect edition will receive the revised book free of charge!

I have so much work to do. Finishing up Purgatorio...
Better get to work!

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