Every spare second has been going toward the completion of the third Sophie book, Obsession, Deceit And Really Dark Chocolate and I can finally say with assurance that it’s days from being finished. I’m now just re-reading it one last time and cutting extraneous words and putting in commas that I’ve inadvertently left out.
The last few weeks of working on a manuscript are usually stressful for me. I always want to put the entire world on hold while I focus on my writing but for reasons that I can’t fathom the entire world always refuses to cooperate. My friends continue to call, my bills continue arrive, my son continues to need me and so on. So I inevitably resolve to give up on the one thing that I know I can sacrifice (if only for a short period of time): sleep.
I’ve been up until two, three, sometimes four in the morning trying to get this thing done. Part of the problem is that a few months ago I fooled myself with my one of my own red herrings. Yes, I was almost done with this thing when all of a sudden I said, “Hey! Maybe so-and-so should be the real killer!” Of course that required a major re-write but I am much happier with the manuscript now and I can’t imagine submitting something that I wasn’t proud of.
Anyway, the other night after a particularly late night writing session I had a dream about, what else, writing the book. The novel is kind of a chick-lit-murder-mystery/political-satire (much like Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlightsis a chick-lit-mystery/social-satire) so in my dream I had to come up with a name for a political organization which would go by the acronym “TRAIN.” I was having a horrible time thinking of something. I tried Trained Railroad Workers Against Intentional Negligence, Tenacious Rwandans Against International Neglect and Teenage Runaways Against Interfering Nincompoops.
This is what happens when I write into the wee hours of the morning: I end up dreaming of nonsensical acronyms.
But I promise none of that is going into the book. I would never make someone pay good money for that kind of sleep-deprived insanity. Instead I’ll just feed it to my blog readers.
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