Editing a NaNoWriMo draft is one of the most torturous exercises known to man – but at the same time, as I make my way through the first-and-a-half draft (I already cut away a lot of the most obvious padding shortly after writing it in NaNo 2012) I am pleasantly surprised by The Ballad of Matthew Smith so far. I even LOL’d a bit, which is terribly unprofessional when laughing at your own jokes, but a good sign as I was going for humourous writing.
In fact, the more I get into this story, and The Ambivalence Chronicles, the more I think I should just give up on writing ‘serious’ speculative fiction and just concentrate on the funner stuff. After all, it’s not like I’m going to make a living from writing, so I might as well at least have a good time while I’m at it.
I’m hoping to draft another Bit of the Ambivalence Chronicles during Camp NaNoWriMo this summer – although admittedly I could yet change my mind and do something entirely different – so at the moment I’m trying to put together some sort of overarching multi-volume uberplot to work the existing bits into.
Well, more tinkering really. I know I should be thinking about getting actual content added – and I will do that, sometime – but there are lots of little things changing here and there as and when I get time to tweak them. Most recent front-end tweak, getting share buttons that actually show up on the main blog page and not just individual posts. Linked with that is the ‘recommended posts’ feature that now appears at the end of each post, but I’m not happy with the way it looks or works at the moment; that may well be the next tweak!
I told you last week, pay attention. The best I can hope for on top of that is continued regular blogging.