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TBSOL Edits, FAQs and Some Other (Random) Things

I slept not enough. When I finally fell asleep (at around 10AM), I dreamed that I was in World of Warcraft and everyone I encountered had something to do with Glee. As a “final encounter” I had to sing a song to defeat an evil version of Mr. Schuester. I can’t remember what happened after that, but I hope I made it to Nationals.

Before all of that (at around 4AM), K and I started talking about life, the universe, and everything and the conversation settled on the subject of TBSOL. I hadn’t talked to K about TBSOL in a very long time because I’ve spent the past year mostly just thinking and debating and mumbling to myself.

Last night (this morning?) I felt like I had to get stuff out there, though, so I confessed that I was worried I was playing a game of Jenga with this book. I’ve been trying to figure out which pieces are okay to move around without the whole thing collapsing. She said she was worried that I’d end up changing so much of it that the story lost its essence.

I asked her if she was sleepy, and she said no, so we launched into a two (two and a half? three?) hour discussion on all our thoughts and feelings about the novel and what I wanted to change/fix/modify/take out and what she felt could be improved/changed and what we both agreed should not be touched.

By the end of the conversation, I felt like I had a clearer vision of what the book should look like in the end. It really helps to ramble incessantly and have someone who listens and cares about your writing. Thank you, K.

FAQs

I’ve received a lot of e-mails/comments about TBSOL recently and I’m really happy to have so many new readers. I’ve noticed, though, that there seems to be a bit of confusion out there, so I’m going to try and clarify by answering some frequently asked questions.

What’s the difference between TBSOL v1 and TBSOL v2?

TBSOL v1 is a very raw first draft, and it’s the version available online for free and in a few languages. If you’ve read TBSOL in Spanish, for example, then you’ve read v1.

TBSOL v2 is the second draft, which is not publically available, but was open to a semi-private group of readers. It contains 99.9% all-new, rewritten scenes. And this is the version I am currently editing.

Where can I read part two of TBSOL?

There’s currently no sequel or part two. There’s just the second draft, which is entirely different from the first and goes further than the first version did. There’s a sex scene, for example.

Where can I read TBSOL v2?

I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until it’s published. I’ll keep you posted. :)

Is there going to be a sequel?

I know I ended v1 much sooner than I should’ve, which left a lot of people … unsatisfied, let’s say. One of my main goals with v2 was to write an actual ending, and I think (I hope) I accomplished that.

That said, there might be a sequel to TBSOL at some point, if people still want one once the final version is out there.

When you say you’re changing things and taking things out, what sort of stuff do you mean?

Quite a few people have expressed concern about my edits, so here are a few things that are a-changing…

(If you’ve only read v1, then nothing I’m about to say is going to make any sense. I apologize for that).

P1070075So far, I’ve taken out the first 3 chapters. I’m replacing them with new content. For example, the scene with Leigh and Kris at the café at the beginning (if any of you even remember that) is gone. I’ve written a new scene in its place. The scene with Kris waking up naked next to Nathan is gone. I replaced it with the same scene I wrote to replace the café one. Both scenes didn’t need to be there, so now I have one scene that drives the point across.

I’m re-introducing Julianne. All her initial scenes are gone. I’m replacing them with one major scene which covers all the bases.

Mainly, I’m consolidating. There are scenes that drag and scenes that really don’t need to be there and scenes that feel repetitive.

The subplot with Karen becoming Julianne’s manager is probably out, along with Mark becoming her assistant. I feel like it detracts too much from the point of the story.

I’m rewriting the part where Kris tells Julianne how she feels about her, because I feel like that scene fell flat. I’m modifying the language/dialogue so it feels stronger.

I want to focus on Julianne and Kris as a couple in the chapters between the kiss and the trip to California. So, I will probably replace a bunch of the scenes with some fun ones… like a date scene or something. I don’t want there to be too much unnecessary processing.

Basically, I want to ensure that everything you read has a point and purpose to it and that it doesn’t feel clunky or random. I don’t want the book to be longer or shorter than it needs to be.

Some Other (Random) Things

Does anyone know where you can buy Alix & Valerie in Spain? Someone asked, and I don’t know the answer.

K is making chili right now. The apartment smells delicious.

Sweet Valley Confidential is out today – who’s getting it? (Me).

Oh, yes, the 30 day challenges…

Drawing Challenge Day 10- Favorite Candy

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Yes. This.

Pairings Challenge Day 10- Why aren’t these two married in real life?

Oh boy. I am not one of those people who ships real people. I can’t handle reading RPFS, either. I prefer dealing in fiction. So, I’d normally just ignore this question, except TUMBLR HAS SEEPED INTO MY BRAIN.

So, I don’t really ship ‘em, but still—how cute are they?

Heather Morris & Naya Rivera (Glee)