Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[writing] Kalimpura proceeds apace

Ahead of pace, no less. Since launching into this revision round, I’ve managed to put in about two hours per day on Kalimpura revisions. I’m currently doing line revisions and small to medium sized rat killing. Once I’m done with this pass, I need to write several new scenes, then I need to deal with a bit of a pacing issue in the middle act. I’m still not sure how I’m going to handle that last, but it will come to me. Then, well, I’m done.

This pace is happily a bit more than I’d originally budgeted, so I’m ahead of schedule. This is good, because in turn it means that given my light schedule this weekend, I can probably have the revisions wrapped before I drop back into chemo at the end of next week.

Which makes me feel a heck of a lot better. My original plan was to have Kalimpura fully revised and back to my editor [info]casacorona by the end of September. Given my chemo schedule, after next Thursday 9/22, the next day I’ll likely be able to write is either 9/27 or 9/28. So being ahead of schedule really means I’m mostly on schedule.

In which case I’ll let everything steep until that week, then hopefully meet my original month-end deadline.

It’s been nice being back inside Green’s head. She’s one of my favorite characters, and she’s a strange one. She’s also been willing to supply both dialog and action where I’ve needed to make changes or expansions to the draft of this her third book. I like that feeling of knowing someone very well.

Kalimpura is my last contracted book about her. I’ve left myself some plot and character hooks to write more, should creative impulse or market demand drive me, but for now I’ll be leaving her behind once this book is done. I’ll miss her. I’d hesitate to call her a friend — and she’d be a terrible friend in real life — but she is a close associate about whom I’ve come to care deeply.

The best thing I can do for Green is finish her book well.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

Tags: books, green, kalimpura, process, writing

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