Here is an interesting quandary: I was supposed to work on Kolor Ijo last night, because when you’re in the editing, you should edit, right? And editing doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, because the novel is only (I would put that in quotes but then it feels like I’m showing off if I do) twenty-four chapters long, with a prologue and a code that stretches it out to twenty-six chapters, the whole novel is sixty-eight thousand, eight hundred words total. And nearly all of the chapters are short: in Part One the longest chapter is just under three thousand words, and that was a standard with my last novel.
The nice thing that comes from editing a work like this is that you can take your time reading the tome and see what needs to be changed, and what has to be changed. I found a lot of interesting but messed-up sections in the chapters I’ve read, and without a careful re-reading, that crap would have slipped through. That’s one of the hazards of NaNoWriMo: you’re writing so quickly at times that words just flying into the page, and there are sentences where those words make no damn sense. I found about a dozen of them so far, and it’s a scary thing, let me tell you.
But at the same time I’m editing this–and I should mention I’m taking my time editing, because I’m reading this once for the first time in over two years, and it’s taking me time to get to know the characters once again–I’m thinking about another couple–and you know who they are. Over the weekend I began thinking about something that happens to the kids–here it comes–after they leave Salem, because they do have a life outside the reinforced walls of that environment, and the things that happened to them when the Real Annie and I started thinking about their lives at school have changed slightly. Meaning their future has changed slightly as well. This is a perfect example of Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey stuff going on, and one must adjust.
There are things that happen to them both that need to be adjusted, because what happened before was, frankly, a little strange. Also, life is a little different in The World of the Foundation, and it’s pretty obvious that Annie has her sights set on doing something that she wants to make her own, and it seems likely that Kerry may follow in her footsteps. They’re gonna be busy kids from their F Levels on for a couple of years, and later on into their lives.
In fact, one of the things I was time lining out was . . . hum, should I do this? Naw, better to keep you guessing and wondering.
I don’t need to wonder: I know what’s coming. In both the future and the past.
I just gotta get their on my own power.