Progress on novel revision plus MissBee

Progress on novel revision plus MissBee



NOTE: this is a bit of a “what am I up to” post, so don’t expect fireworks :)

My revision is underway. Man it is a tough task. I find myself constantly second-guessing my readers and doubting myself.

Chapter two, originally my first chapter, proved fairly easy to revise/edit. It had been through the process several times before and I felt reasonably confident about it.  This is where I begin my second story stream. The novel actually has about half a dozen story streams in it, all of which are colliding. To some extent Steven Erikson is my model. I love the complexity of his tales.

Chapter three “The Lock” has been extremely painful to edit. I realised that I had put far too much “clever” description in there that simply slowed down the pace too much. Cutting that was difficult because I love some of those paragraphs, but it had to be done. This chapter returns us to the actions of the Wizard/Pilot Verdant Pèlerin. He is key to the first act.

This aside, some of you may noticed that a few days ago I added a new page about my times as an online computer gamer. This one is about MissBee, a cheating and abusive gamer who played a significant role in the destruction of the Australian Halflife Deathmatch scene. My next page will be about the Ozlife Gaming Network, a wonderful organisation that at one point offered the public 18 game servers to play upon. I need to track down some pictures for that though.

I am also working on my next Finding Forgotten Inspiration video. This one will be about Cook’s Cottage in Melbourne. It’s Captain Cook’s parent’s cottage (built 1755) and it was actually transported to Australia in the 1930s. Expect that next weekend.

As for my painting, well, that may be delayed. The wild storms that have hit Sydney have blown through my art studio. My art studio was only ever a metal roof with canvas walls. Usually this was good enough. My canvases etc are now in less than mint condition. Oh well :(

Anyway, thanks for reading :)


PS: This is an addition 8 hours later. The storms are really thrashing Sydney. My art studio is a total mess and my house has had some electricity issues. Front yard has become a bog. All transport in Sydney disrupted and we are urged to stay home rather than go to work. But it could be worse. A friend of mine lives in Dungog where three people died and the following footage came from:





  1. There is a blog you might want to read, “Nail Your Novel” by Roz Morris. She talks about ways to make writing/editing more efficient or less painful or to keep the writer from getting off track. I don’t necessarily subscribe entirely to her steps since I like to feel inspired to write something rather than just outlining everything first like an essay, even if I have to waste some stuff or not write that efficiently. But she makes good points. and one idea she has is to save your darlings (the great details you hate to cut out). you can use them for something else.


    1. Hi :) Thank you for commenting here :) I’ve taken a look at the blog that you’ve recommended and am now following. The topic “How to keep writing when time is scarce” got me in straight away. That’s my life! So I will work my way back through her posts. Thanks for that :) And yes, I will do as you say and save my special paragraphs :) Thanks again and don’t be a stranger. Greg


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