June 13, 2014 – Hodgepodge

I’ve mentioned before that I keep my maser files as pdfs. Well, today, I changed my mind for two main reasons: (1) Writing copied from a pdf doesn’t always maintain the formatting such as the tabs, italics, and italics; (2) I tried to copy writing from an old pdf today and apparently the pdf wasn’t made properly because the text was mangled beyond recognition; and (3) it’s kind of annoying to constantly have to create a new pdf each time I make a change to the main document. So now I’m just using the master doc file. But just to be on the safe side and to keep the document just as I want it, I’ve changed the file permissions so that it’s read only. I also locked the file because you can never be too careful.

On the writing front, I did some drastic culling in my current file. I went through about 150,000 words and removed any writing that didn’t seem self-contained. The removed material went into another file for the sole purpose of keeping deleted stuff and in the end, I removed about 80,000 words of material. That’s a lot of writing but the stories left are the strongest pieces. Plus, I’ve started getting back into the habit of writing more contained pieces so the document should reflect that. So far, I’ve finished three stories this week and I’m happy with how odd they are. I have a list of story ideas to work on.

I’ve also been editing my short story collection. I wanted to add some different stories because I wasn’t too certain about all the stories included in the collection. So I’m almost done with the edits. I finished the main document today and then I have two longer stories to edit over the weekend. I can’t wait to be done with the edits that way I can get back to writing. So in case you were wondering why there really hasn’t been that much writing posted over the last two weeks, that’s why. Edits. Lots and lots of edits. Next week should have more excerpts since I’ll have more time to create. I hope everyone had a nice Friday the 13th (personally, I think Friday the 13th is sort of a lucky day). Enjoy your weekend and I’ll be back on Monday.

2 thoughts on “June 13, 2014 – Hodgepodge

  1. jsbedlam says:

    Hi Alana!
    Hope you don’t mind the off-topic comment, but I wanted to get in contact with you regarding the short “A Man With a Hat” that you submitted some time back. I have tried reaching you at the email it was sent from and the one listed here, but perhaps our accounts are equipped with overactive spam filters? Please contact us at bedlampublishing (at) hotmail.com or my personal account: jsbedlam (at) gmail.com

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