Well, Red Ice's final check (from me) is done......
It was like crawling over broken glass. I went over the novel, word by word, making spelling and grammar corrections, cutting words here, adding words there. And I noted every change in another file (I don't have a full-function Word program to use --- I've used WordPerfect 8.0 for years, and I like it. Besides, I don't have the money to buy Word and even if I did, I wouldn't). Below is an example of the changes I made....
I had to note the changes because Rick needed to know what I changed when he makes his final check. So, the manuscript has changes in red, and the second file has entries like the ones above, telling Rick what changes I made, and in a few cases, why I made the changes.ProloguePage 3, 3rd Paragraph, 3rd line --- Changed "he'd hadn't" to "he hadn't"Page 3, 6th Paragraph, 1st line --- Changed "begin" to "begun"Page 5, 5th Paragraph, 2nd line --- Changed "sub as the" to "sub was the"
Going over the manuscript word by word is tedious and slow. More than once I was asking myself, "Who the *#&@^ wrote this?" There were many, many changes that had to be made, all types , each one changed and documented like the example above. Sometimes, changes in one place cause a cascading effect down the page, leading to several more corrections that had to be made.
But it's done.
Now, what am I going to do? Well, three things:
- Work on several Battletech short stories.
- Continue plotting The Assassin Prince
- Start plotting my own thriller for NaWriNoMo
So, Red Ice is done, onto the next project(s). I'll be expanding on two of these projects in future posts. (The Battletech stories will be handled in my other blog, The Battletech State)