Sorry, no new chapter for The Finding of the Ice Princess today. The last remnants of a week-long headache are clinging to the back of my skull like barnacles from hell. I don’t want to do anything to discourage their departure. Sitting at the computer for an extended period could do that.
In other news, I’m finding it very challenging to revise A Vintage Heart in Hollywood as requested by an editor. The trouble of it is I think in pictures. I have an extremely visual imagination. Right now, I’m so overwhelmed by the vividness of the story in my own mind that I’m finding it impossible to *see* the story as the reader would by the words I’ve written down. That makes it darn-near impossible to effectively revise and edit. The good news, I’m not the first author this has happened to. So, I know the thing to do is step away from the story for a month or two, get away from the genre, give my imagination time to settle down. Then, I can come back fresh and objective.
Right after I came to this conclusion, I realized this meant I can write on one of my other stories. Squeeee! I feel much better now. I missed An American Elf. Bianca is so much fun to write for. She’s freakin’ nuts.
Also, I need to reread and read novels written well in the areas in which I am weak. It’s kind of a writerly way to revv up my skill engine. The trouble of it is I’m always wanting to learn something new, but that can take more focus than I was born with. So, I gotta work on that too. I have such a cluttered, visual imagination. I’m telling you it’s a mess in there.