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Because it seems unfair to only repeat this ninety-six thousand times to people who are stuck living with me, I am now only twenty thousand words, or approximately seventy pages, away from having what I consider to be an acceptable length for a finished draft version of Abigail of Riverwend. Since I did that many my last six days of NaNo in November, I'm pretty sure I can finish it this week. Next week for sure. I still have to draw a comic for this week and have only scripted it. The this-week-or-next-week projection is mostly as it's hit terminal plot velocity and doesn't require much more input from my frontbrain beyond the actual pressing of keys.

(Yes. To me, this is the home stretch. This comes mainly from my habit to do things in big, huge chunks all at once. It also seems related to the fact that my winter-addled brain walked out of the college today, to a sunny ten degrees, and insisted we take off our coat, thinking "wow, it's downright balmy out here!")

And and and! I have OUTLINED the rest of the book. I know how many chapters it's going to be. Thirty-four. That's the magic number. I was expecting thirty-one, but I went back through it and three chapters just appeared out of nowhere. Did I mention it has OUTLINES? Fairly detailed ones. For pretty much every important thing that still has to be written.

I have to write almost an entire chapter and a half of action. I am cringing at this. Action is SO HARD. But it must be done!

Okay, so now's the time to speak up. I need a couple of readers. Once I've gone through, properly arranged the chapters, and done a thorough check for glaring typhographical errors, I'm printing it out, putting it into a box, and not looking at it until April, at least. It would be extremely helpful if one of you kind souls with some time on your hands could... I dunno... wade through a very rough draft of a young adult novel where children's imagination runs amok and somebody dies...? *anime eyes*

Ten pages for seven days. About ten pages a chapter, so far. Hm. It'll be at least a week. Uh huh. Definitely. *drums fingers, stares at minimized file*

Definitely a week. *twitches slightly*


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Mar. 13th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
*Tentatively raises her hand* I'd be willing to beta-read for you. I've never actually read any of your stuff but I'm interested. And if it's paper instead of computer-y, I'd be MUCH happier. I'm also a fairly decent editor if you're interested in that aspect. Also, your description of the book VERY MUCH interests me.

The downside: I live in Chilliwack.

However, I really would be interested and humbly submit my name.
Mar. 13th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'd love to read it. I'm fairly good at catching grammar stuff and pointing out tangled sentences... not so good at the more grandious instructions on structure and plot. But if I can be of help, hit me!
Mar. 13th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Wai-wait. You write YA? Squeeeeeeeeeeee!

When I'm not writing Batman fanfic, I do beta!
Mar. 13th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'll give it a read...and a younger person's perspective. :D
Mar. 13th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
If you finish it, I will read it:)
Mar. 14th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
where the EFF is my movie?
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
No matter what I did, I could *not* get the damned thing to re-encode as divx without dropping out of sync. I'm uploading the .wmv file to Google Video right this second. It's at about forty percent. Figure a few hours? o.O

And then I'll send you the link.
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