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dale-estey's picture
Oct.12.2010
http://cluck.rompingradishes.com/images/egg_and_shell_persp.jpg   Seven pages removed. Humour talk and some games with Louie-the-dog. It was fun. Lightened the mood. Killed the plot. I am now folding the remnants of the previous chapter into the current one. While excising much of it. Broken...
gabriella-hewitt's picture
Oct.05.2010
Finally! After a long hard delivery, I gave birth to a 1 lb manuscript. She's perfect but then again every mother thinks her baby is beautiful. Now, I must give her up. Bundle this baby up and send her off to the editor and pray she is in good, kind and gentle hands.  But first before I give her...
dale-estey's picture
Oct.05.2010
  "Cut to the chase" takes on an abrupt and literal meaning, thanks to Louie-the-dog. I can see pages disappearing.  Half a page (the beginning of a chapter) cut out *just like that*. Ouch. Use of ZULU Time codes instead of chapter headings makes the thriller move more quickly. Must...
dale-estey's picture
Oct.03.2010
    Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side     http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x18ulj_lou-reed-walk-on-the-wild-side_music
gabriella-hewitt's picture
Sep.28.2010
About 10 years ago, I wrote a story about werewolves and secret organization and a female hunter. I submitted and got rejected. It was the beginning of the paranormal craze. Most all of my writign friends and family and totally thought I was crazy. they wanted to know why I had a protagonist who...
dale-estey's picture
Sep.25.2010
 I have not actually edited a novel for over three years. I think I might be rusty. Or, I am just damned thorough. I just got to use the word "egress", which I guess I never used before. So military sounding. I've earned a meal. "He reaches down toward Louie to pat his head."...
dale-estey's picture
Sep.24.2010
First sentence and I remove "roughly" and then, the accursed "then". Getting rid of adverbs outpaces adjectives. A line of dialogue just made me laugh out loud. No wonder I like these guys. And-yes- Louie-the-dog raised his head.  Laff-out-loud dialogue followed by whole...
dale-estey's picture
Sep.22.2010
My two main characters bond over the autopsy, don't think I should, er, cut it entirely. Judicious incisions. “That dog can’t stay in here.” The voice behind the mask is annoyed. “What if he scarfs down a piece of meat?” Excised a character whose observations are better shown as other characters'...
dale-estey's picture
Sep.22.2010
    Rowling handwritten Potter pages to go on display at festival   By Lyndsay Moss By Lyndsay MossA LITTLE bit of literary magic is coming to a book festival this week as handwritten pages by Harry Potter author JK Rowling go on display.The original, signed manuscripts, originally...
dale-estey's picture
Sep.12.2010
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/willgompertz/manuscripts226.jpg   Behind the Scenes at a Pub Committee Meeting by  Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent Let's pretend this is a small-ish imprint where everyone gets along and respects each other. In other words, it’s a bit of a fantasy but...