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#SoCS – Project-ing


I hadn’t realized until now how much time I was spending on the project I just finished. It was an awesome 150,000 word urban fantasy novel that I enjoyed working on immensely, but the energy it took? Maybe I need to learn to self-regulate a bit.

I mean, I’m sitting down now drinking a bottle glass of wine (no editing, honest πŸ˜‰ ), and it occurred to me that this is the first time in almost two months that I’ve allowed myself such a luxury. Through all this time I’ve spend editing this novel, I’ve held back from relaxing — not even listening to music — in case I had an hour to work. I’ve worked on it at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and right up until I’ve gone to bed at midnight. Not that whole time, but for what adds up to four to sometimes eight hours in a day.

In exchange for all this, I have experience. I have a better idea of how to project the amount of time it will take me to edit a novel of this size. Of course it all depends on the level of editing involved too, but I won’t bore you with those details. Suffice to say its given me a better understanding of my chosen career. You know, the one other than being an author, which may or may not earn me millions of dollars and scads of loyal fans. Haha.

I know I have a while to go before I can make any serious money in the editing field… and perhaps stream of consciousness writing that I’m morally obligated not to edit isn’t the time to talk about an editing career… but what the hell.



This somewhat tipsy post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, written Friday night and scheduled for early Saturday morning when it’s still a decent time to be drinking wine and not yet coffee. Here’s the link Join in today! It’s fun!

Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

41 thoughts on “#SoCS – Project-ing

  1. That was not just a project, but a deep investment πŸ™‚ Have a cookie and rejuvenate!


  2. Congrats, Linda! You have earned a bottle of wine. Mmm, wine. And cheese. Did you enjoy any cheese with your wine?

    I digress. You already have fans, Linda. Perhaps I should start a fan club. We could make topless pirate hats in commemoration of your book, and drink booze while waiting for your next one to come out.


  3. I really admire you, Linda! You have a very strong work ethic as well as determination. I am sure you are going to do very well in your new career πŸ™‚


  4. Me thinks it was a bottle… hmmm!


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  6. I think it’s great you are getting such big projects to work on! It sounds like you have a good work ethic, so I’m sure you will continue to be successful:)


  7. It is so refreshing reading anything that you write [I am also referring to your book that I thoroughly enjoy and laughed out loud several times]. SoCS is a great place to allow us to just write and let that “theme word” take us wherever our little fingers and mind will allow it to until it stumps a moment to think too much…and that is where I end it.

    Your journey in writing, encouraging other writers and now editing gives me a sneak peak through your window on how life is not just one straight line. No, and you do all of this with humour and raising three children on your own. I admire you, kiddo, and one of these days on my way to see family in Toronto, I will stop for a night in your area, rent a room close to the lake and invite you to share a bottle of wine with me…avec fromage bien sΓ»re:)


  8. Hmm, editing is not an easy task at all and I doubt if most writers are in love with their editors more like cursing them under their breath.
    I am actually contemplating going back to school to do a program on writing (especially the editing aspect). Still letting the thought settle in.
    Well done Linda. You deserve that glass of indulgence πŸ™‚

    I am hosting a blog party and would like to invite you. Here’s the link


    • Ah, I’m always the last one to the party. πŸ˜› Thanks for the invite!
      I do hope the writers I work with love me! I do my best to balance the extra work I give out with praise on what they’ve done well without my help. πŸ™‚


  9. I think SoCS makes us better editors. We Instantly see the stuff we’d like to change πŸ™‚

    One of your loyal fans!

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  10. It’s exciting stuff! Look at you go!
    When my kids were younger, gardening was based on when they slept, were away, could play out, if Daddy was home. Now, it’s the weather that determines my schedule. I don’t feel like it? Do I feeeeeel like buying produce all summer? lol
    That’s what this post reminds me of. Stealing time. I’ve sorta lost that frame of mind…to my disadvantage. Thanks for the reminder.


  11. wishing you all the very best as always hun xxxxx


  12. Tipsy posting is usually the stream of consciousness type.


  13. Great post and good job!


  14. Cheers! You’re and author AND an editor!


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  16. Great job on finishing the editing job! I’d say you deserve that glass(or bottle) of wine.


  17. It’s all a learning curve Linda! You’re doing great! I think Editors are so brave… I don’t think I could be objective enough to correct another person’s work! (unless in teacher mode, obviously!)


  18. Great post.☺️


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