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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-02-21 18:12
Subject: [writing] Progriss riport on my descent into Madness
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Location:Hilton Columbia Center, Columbia, SC
Music:hotel noises
Tags:books, madness, writing
Finished the very tight line edit of Madness of Flowers on the plane today. I managed to carve the manuscript down by 32,700 words, to 161,900. I need to cut another 17,000 to meet my hard upper limit of 145,000 with Night Shade. Given the very tightly interwoven structure of the book, that's going to be an interesting trick.

So far I am very pleased. I'm also keeping to my production schedule, which is even better news. Now, to deal with some lingering short fiction before I jump back into deep edit mode.
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User: martyn44
Date: 2008-02-22 09:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Prepositions are so, you know, 20th Century.
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User: sheelangig
Date: 2008-02-22 14:39 (UTC)
Subject: Lingering Short Fiction?

Honey, you make it sound like a disease!
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Dave Bara: Puff
User: dbara
Date: 2008-02-22 23:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, dude... why don't you just keep ALL the words and split it into TWO books???

Jus' Wond'rin...
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Jay Lake: writing-Trial_of_Flowers
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-02-23 13:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Seriously, because the plot wouldn't sustain it. In this case, neither would the publisher.
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Jay Lake: jay-1976
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-02-23 13:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
:: icon love ::
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User: farmgirl1146
Date: 2008-02-23 19:23 (UTC)
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Would you be able to move a couple of scenes/chapters to the next book? (This is a trilogy???) You have to cut about two standard length chapters. After a major line by line cut. You have my sympathy!!
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