While looking for a different file a few days ago, I found a pdf of one of my earliest NaNoWriMo novels, Coffee and Ink (from 2008), and I’ve decided to give it a bit of a dust off, while listening to The Hands Of Man on repeat! I swear I’ve listened to that album about a dozen or so times today.
There’s a lot of stuff I’ve stripped out, because I don’t think it really added to the narrative. Mostly really awkwardly written sex scenes.
I’ve also cleaned up the typos and the sloppy punctuation – from the time I started writing to the last full stop was 262.5 real hours, so probably about 80 hours writing, and with it being a NaNoWriMo novel it was written at speed, so there was little time to go back and edit it. Basically I’ve taken it down from about 62k to 46k, so in its edited form it doesn’t qualify as a NaNoWriMo winning novel, but it’s a lot less full of crap than it was before.
And no, not all the 16k I stripped out was sex scenes!
Basically, I’ve got it cleaned up to the point that I’m comfortable with unleashing it on the world. If you read my post on , this is the novel I was talking about. Having read the novel several times again over the last few days, I’ve decided that Ben isn’t the man I thought he was, but I have fallen for another of the characters. writing believable characters
Jodie Maine: Coffee and Ink
When I first wrote it, I’d intended for Coffee and Ink to be the first of a series of novellas about the MC, Jodie Maine, and so I put her name in the title. While I still see scope for another novella at least (which you’ll understand if you ever read Coffee and Ink), I can’t see it being a long term thing, so I’ve cut her name from the title.
Still working out how to create an iBooks version without a Mac. I have a 2001 iMac, but it’s running Tiger, so I doubt I’d be able to find a version of iBooks Author that works on it. I think it’s going to end up being a VM job, unless I can find someone local who has a newer Mac than mine.
Anyway, I’ll be adding its own page in due course, and hopefully it won’t be too long before it’s available for purchase! And none of this is just me procrastinating to avoid writing what I should be, of course!
Warm thoughts and positive energy,