Ever since Monday morning, I've been marking up the pages of the Symphonians MS. I'm up to p. 196; I have 131 pages to go. So far I'm mainly looking for stuff to cut, though I've also marked up stuff that needs fixed and have made notes about random things I've noticed about the MS that I need to work on later.
I've noticed that the main story and the story-within-a-story finally start working together at page 199. So I have that working for me. It's just all the previous pages that will give me fits.
I also did a document-wide change: I switched Noel's name to Wyatt. Changed it back. Changed it again.
I did that because I keep mispronouncing Noel. That would look bad on the book tour. Also my husband tells me that Noel is not manly enough. He wanted the MC to be named Wyatt "Gatlin Gun" McStudmeister. I told him that one out of three ain't bad.
I need to set some goals for myself:
1) Extensive character work for Wyatt (Noel) and Justine (Kay's mom)
2) This includes writing several scenes in which Kay discovers Noel's, I mean Wyatt's, blog. Now I have to peruse blogs written by high-school guys without looking like some weirdo stalker.
3) Reading those books that have been recommended to me to apply them to my story-within-a-story.
4) Put more funnies in the first part. In rereading it the other night, I found out that I have a lot more funny stuff in the second part. Gotta fix.
5) What the hell is the focus of this story? There is none! Maybe finding a focus would help me shrink it down a bit!
Okay, that's plenty.