Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chapters To Go Before I Sleep

There's this Robert Frost poem I just love. It's the ending that gets me: "The woods are lovely, dark, and deep/ but I have promises to keep/ and miles to go before I sleep/ and miles to go before I sleep."

When I was teaching, those last two lines regularly rattled around in my head: "And papers to grade before I sleep/ and papers to grade before I sleep." Lately, it's been "chapters to write," "chapters to edit," "blogs to post," and... well, you get the idea.

Know what, though? I discovered that I freakin' love editing. At least, I did today. I remember being afraid of not having enough to say in my writing. Somehow I thought more words was the cure for this. Today, I shaved and shaped until my manuscript was half, maybe two-thirds, what it once was. And it's stronger for it, like I sent it to the Awesome Gym and it came out all shiny. So- two days of writing with a word count of @ 2000, and today spent editing.

Business of books: Don't forget about the Indie Book Blowout this Labor Day Weekend. I've got both, yes BOTH, my books on sale for .99 cents. That's a whole two bucks saved, people! Which you can then spend on two more books! Or one small Frozen Strawberry Lemonade. Mmm. Dilemma. Books or Brainfreeze? A strawberry lemony brainfreeze....

Either way, happy writing, have a great Labor Day Weekend for those of you celebrate, and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the editing process, I worry I am going to hate it when I get to that stage!

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Good luck on the Labor Day weekend sale! I was too late to participate.

    Happy writing, and have a great rest of the week!

  3. Thanks, Em and Ruth! I hope this isn't heresy, but I hope we all manage to do at least a few relaxing, non-writing things this weekend!

  4. That's actually my favourite poem. I had to comment just to say a line or two from it will be tattooed on my body as soon as I pluck up the courage. :)

    I'm glad *somebody* loves editing!