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February 10th, 2019

Returning to Book One

Been working on some slight re-edits for Book One before I release it with the improved formatting. Nothing about the story is changing. No worries! Mostly just fixing mistakes I missed the first time. (Oops!) And a few small wording changes. And of course, the formatting to match Book Two.

But I have to say, it is hard to go back to old writing, even when it's work you're really proud of overall. I still think I did the best I could with introducing the characters and story I wanted to tell. (To me, that's not even close to the most interesting part.) But I can see where some writing improvements could be made.

I'm really trying to rein in my editing impulses to keep the changes to only the essential or unnoticeable. And like I said, nothing to do with the story will be changing. (Unless I find some huge plot hole!) I guess being able to see the flaws now just means my writing has improved.

I may also be finally letting go of my need to spell "colour" the British way. I don't really spell anything else that way. (Fantasy terms, aside.) But I've held on to this from my Neopets days. It's kind of sad to let it go. But it doesn't really match, so it looks incorrect. Best to do it all one way or the other, I suppose.

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Did some more editing today, and I'm enjoying it much more than I did yesterday. I think part of it was my mood, but also, I'm past the introductions. Now, Jane can actually get to know the other characters. And have deep conversations. Which is my favorite part of any story!

"I could still feel the warmth of him all around me. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, and the air picked up more than before. My long hair flew around my shoulders. I sighed, peacefully. I felt strong, powerful, and almost... beautiful." Still one of my favorite moments.