Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Revisions Progress, Day Who-knows-what

Chapter One, Scene Two is coming together nicely. I worked on it last night and again at lunch today. There was a sentence of pure "telling" that I decided I didn't need. I also must remember to add in the bit about the smell of meat cooking. Maybe tonight.

I think--if I've got this right--that I only need to write/rewrite about five more scenes and the greater portion of the revisions will be done. Then it's off to look at the rest of the story and see if I've created any continuity errors. Certainly there will be some. A couple of extant scenes will be expanded to better introduce characters, but I've already got that stuff written down in a notebook somewhere. I'll also need to see if I can salvage more of my beautiful backstory. The eels, for those who know the reference, are fine and happy in their new home in Chapter Six. Or Seven. I forget which, precisely.

Best news of all: I am once again utterly in love with this book.


  1. I'm so relieved to hear you're in love with your book again. When you started talking about agent revisions, I was thinking maybe I wasn't cut out for publication.

    Hey, how long have you been playing violin? I started about a year and a half ago. I like it, but it's pretty hard. It reminds me of writing.

  2. Annie: The fun never stops. There are times when I am certain that I'm not cut out for the long haul. Persevere!

    I've been playing violin for longer than I care to imagine. Do you have a teacher? What method are you using? I'm classically trained, but way out of practice. I do think that the discipline required to learn a musical instrument is a lot like the discipline required to write well, though. Hmm. Now I want to go home and play Mozart. Darn this job, anyway.

  3. I do have a teacher, and we're using the Suzuki method, which I like a lot. The songs are really great, and of course it's nice that I am actually playing songs and not just scales or exercises. I'm on the last song of the 3rd book. She's also having me do some fiddle music.

    She's the best music teacher I've ever had (I played flute for about 8 years and had 4 different teachers), so that makes a big difference. But it is very hard. I kind of sailed through the first two books, but now it's challenging. And she's got me on 3rd position, which I hate. But probably when I get to 5th position, I'll like 3rd.

    Yeah, if I don't write for a few days, or practice for a few days, I get so rusty. And then I get frustrated. And then I throw something against the wall.

    Sometimes at work I listen to Pandora and just want to go home and play. I really like the Paganini station.

    Sorry if this comment was too long! Maybe I should've just emailed you.

  4. Very good news, Scott! I'm so glad to hear the eels are in there still. :)

  5. Just want to say that your rewrite journey, as described here on your blog, is edifying…looking forward to the continuation…

  6. Annie: The last piece in Suzuki book 3 is some Bach piece, isn't it? I hear that Book 3 is the make-or-break book in that method; it's the biggest technical leap or something, and once you get past it, your basic technique is pretty solid. On those occasions when I actually get to play anymore, I spend my time mostly with Bach and French tango music (which totally rocks). Sounds like you're making good progress. Just remember to relax!

    Michelle: I love the eels; I am happy they have a good home!

    JB: I just hope this journey ends soon. I'd really like to work on something else one of these days.

  7. Scott, that makes me so happy to hear! Maybe I am doing better at violin than I thought.
    Yes, the last song is by Bach. Here it is:


    She is clearly playing along with the CD, but at least you can hear the song.

    French tango music! That sounds awesome. Are there any books/sheet music you recommend for that?

  8. Annie: The French tango music I'm working on is from a book published by Mel Bay called "French Tangos for Violin," by Martin Norgaard. It comes with the piano parts if you have an accompanist. I plan to wrangle my friend Ted into forming a duo next year sometime, if all goes well.

    The pieces are pretty cool, and not hard. There are key changes (practice your flat keys and minor keys) and a lot of position work, mostly in 3rd but a few stretches up to 4th. The rhythms are the hardest thing for me, but happily tango is mostly at a walking pace, so not too fast. When I can play this stuff, I'll see about some Argentine tangos and some Piazolla pieces. Those are a lot more difficult!

    Do you know the Maestronet forum site? And Kurt Sassmanshaus' violinmasterclass.com site? Worth checking out.

  9. I checked out the French Tangos book online and saw some of the music. I'll think I'll get it. I bet my teacher would like it, too.

    I also looked at the violinmasterclass.com site. It said that if I want to play for fun, I should be practicing 90-120 minutes a day. Wow! I imagine it would be worth it.

    Thanks for the links to everything! There is always more to this instrument than I realize.