March 18th, 2009
I Feel So Alive

I’m currently playing this SONG. As you might have guessed, I FINALLY finished the copyedits. I have to say that this was one of the tougher ones because so many elements had to come together in this book. I had a lot of threads to wrap up. I THINK I did it. I’m definitely happy with the final product. It’s currently sitting at 95,000 words. A good length for the final book in a trilogy, I think.

Tomorrow is dh’s b-day (it’s also his sister’s b-day), so I have cakes to bake and party hats to buy. If you don’t hear from me, you’ll know where I am.

To celebrate finishing the never-ending edits, I’m giving away TWO ARC’s of Scarlet. All you have to do is toss your name into the comments. Good luck! 😀

70 comments to “I Feel So Alive”

  1. Have fun with the birthdays, and congrats with finishing the edits. I’d love an arc of Scarlet. 😀

  2. Yeah J!! Congrats on finished. Happy B’Day Mr. Man!!

  3. Thanks Ann. I will.

  4. Thanks V! It really feels good. 🙂

  5. Ha! Kind of like surviving a wreck, eh? Congrats, hooray, and enjoy time with your dh. Eat lots of cake!

  6. May the celebrations be great, raucous, jolly and–if at all possible–relaxing for you


  7. Congrats on tfinishing. Tell your husband happy bday enjoy the time with your family. Looking forward to Scarlet & Crimson.

  8. The completion of edits is a definite reason for celebration. I hadn’t seen that particular music vid before. Could the guy crawling out of his wrecked car at the end be an allegory of you emerging from edit land? 🙂

  9. Congrats on the edits and birthday wishes to the fam!

  10. Charli, There’s no ‘kinda’ about it. *ggg* I’m off to make the cake now. 🙂

  11. Azteclady, Cooking is relaxing, so I’m sure I’ll be fine. If not there’s always the gin and beer. LOL! 😉

  12. Thanks Lisa!

  13. Bernard, Most definitely. *g*

  14. Thanks Jackie!

  15. Congratulations on wrapping up those copy edits! Happy Birthday to dh!

    You now have two things to celebrate, perhaps that means you should get two pieces of cake? 😉

  16. Karin, I think you’re onto something. 😉

  17. Congratulations, that is so exciting! You’ve worked so hard I’m sure, isn’t it wonderful bringing together what could be the final product? I love when the work culminates and the story seems complete, the characters give you that sigh and let you know, yes my friend, it is finished.

    Enjoy baking the cakes, what flavors? I’d love a German Chocolate for my birthday….

  18. Shannon, It is wonderful closing the door on a trilogy. I feel like I’ve done everything I can with Red and Morgan, even closed up a new romance that was introduced, so I’m happy. Now it’s time to do something new. Something different. I have a Blaze to finish editing, then I think it’ll be onto my YA urban fantasy.

    I made a Victorian Sponge cake. (Two yellow sponge cakes with fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and strawberry jam spread between them.) Dh decided he wanted it frosted, instead of dusted with powdered sugar, so I made butter-cream frosting. It is SO sweet, but quite tasty.

  19. Congrats on finishing the copyedits, Jordan. Happy Belated Birthday to your dh.

  20. Oooh! It would get me off my ass and finally get me to order Red!! 😀
    Ahh…..yeah, I’m a little slow!

  21. You know I want an ARC of Scarlet. I’m willing to review it my blog, facebook & live journal pages 🙂

    After all I don’t have a blog titled I Do Not Want To Wait, I Want The Book Now – for nothing. 🙂

  22. If you’re willing to post to Australia, I’d love to be in the running for a Scarlet ARC, please 🙂

  23. Happy Bday to your husband!

  24. Forgot to put I would love to read Scarlet!

  25. Thanks Amy!

  26. Haha I’m sure you know I’d love to read the ARC. 🙂

    OMG that cake sounds amazing, I want the recipe woman!! Wowsers that just sounds sinful in so many ways. :mrgreen:

  27. I’d love an ARC of Scarlet, you really hooked me with the first book!

  28. Shannon, The link to the recipe is listed in the comment links of the latest post. 🙂

  29. Judy, Thanks, you’re entered.

  30. Is it just me or does the guy on the cover of Scarlet look a lot like Apollo/Jamie Bamber from Battlestar Galactica? Anyway, he’s hot! Please enter me 🙂

  31. Marie, I can see the resemblence. If you think he’s hot on that cover wait until you see him on the cover of Crimson. He’s smoking. *wg*

    You’re entered.

  32. Congrats on finishing the edits.

  33. 😯 Yay, me, me 😀
    Would love to win, what an awesome contest. They are on my TBR list, but hasn’t got one yet

  34. Loved all of your titles that I have read. The last being Red which I bought on the strength of your name on the cover.
    Thank you for the hours of pleasure your books have given me and the temporary escape from the pressures of everyday life they provide.
    Keep on penning great books like these and bookworms like me will continue to gobble them up.

  35. Tossing my name in – thanks.

  36. Yay! Congrats on finishing the edits 😀

    Tossing my name in for the ARC, too.


  37. Just finished Red and I’m dying to read Scarlet. Tossing my name into the hat.

    Erin K.

  38. Wow! Count me in please!

    Congratulations on your new book! 🙂

  39. I would love to read Scarlet. Count me in please.

  40. throwing my name in too!

  41. Throwing my name in!

  42. I’d like to be entered please!

  43. Congrats on finishing the book. Hope the b’day party was loads of fun!

  44. Thanks Donna S. I’m really happy with how the edits turned out.

  45. Thank you, Margaret. 🙂

  46. Thanks Leslie. Surprising him on his b-day definitely made my night. 🙂

  47. Thanks Tracy, Erin, and Rachel.

  48. Enjoy the cake and please enter me for the Scarlet contest!

  49. Congrats on finishing the copy edits. Happy B-day to the family!

    What flavor cakes you planning? My personal fave is chocolate or yellow with buttercream frosting.

    Oh, and please toss my name in the hat for a chance at the arc.

  50. I enjoyed RED and would love an ARC of SCARLET! Good luck with it, and congrats on finishing the trilogy!

  51. Thanks Elisa. 🙂

  52. Tammy, Thank you. I don’t know what my next cake will be. The Victoria Sponge cake was a new one for me. I’d never heard of it, but I’m glad I tried it.

  53. Karen W, Thanks!

  54. Heard the word’s “book” and “giveaway” over at pbw’s place and thought I’d throw my name in 😉

  55. Toss my name in for the ARC thanks, I’m using the Shrunken Manuscript technique to do a final edit, never tried it before, but it seems to be working.

  56. Natalie, I don’t know what that is. Do tell. 🙂

  57. I would love to be entered to win an ARC of Scarlet. I am glad that you and your husband had a great day and the Victorian Sponge Cake sounds delish!

  58. Jordan, it’s a way of editing, you take out all your chapter breaks so there’s no white space between chapters (still keep the headings though), single space the mss, reduce the font until the mss takes up about 30+ pages (put it into two columns per page this works best for me) – you’re shrinking your mss so you are looking for certain things, not reading it as such. Print out your mss, then lie the pages out 3 rows of 10.
    What you’re looking for is any changes in the flow of the text – as in what it looks like, short paragraphs vs long chunks, you’re looking for pacing really.
    Do you have strong chapters all the way through? Is there an obvious sagging middle (lots of description/little dialogue). Here’s a photo of cynthia lord’s version.
    and this is the link that got me started.
    at this stage in my writing I’m trying anything that people suggest to improve and strengthen my overall editing technique. Hope this helps.

  59. Congratulations on finishing the edits! Please add my name to the drawing for Scarlet. Thank you.

  60. Natalie, That’s interesting. It would take me a few print outs to get my whole book, since mine tend to be 88K to 95K long, but I can see how it could be helpful. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  61. Thanks Lori T. 🙂

  62. Thanks Kammie. 🙂

  63. Loved Red and sure would love to get Scarlet next.

  64. Jordan I’ve just printed mine out using two columns and widening the margins all around and a 65,000 word YA comes out as 32 pages if your font is 5pt TNR. I’ve already found that most of my chapters are the same length, but there’s one in the middle that is full of description, not enough dialogue, so there’s an area I need to fix.

  65. Natalie, Oh okay. I’ll definitely try it when I finish editing the Blaze I plan to submit. I already know that I’ll be missing tons of description. (Writing it is like pulling teeth. *g*) There will also be tons of dialogue. It will be interesting to see though.

  66. Hope your hubby and his sister had a great b-day

  67. if it’s not too late, add my name to the hat please. thanks.

  68. Thanks Raonaid. 🙂

  69. If its not too late I would like to add my name to the hat please. Thanks!

  70. Sorry Elaine and Ann. I’ve already posted the winners.