Though my to-do list for today is mostly domestic, I have begun the editing process on the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2008, and that’s kind of scary. I’m reading a book on how to edit your own fiction writing and it has been helpful from the very first page. Editing, I’m finding, is more important than the writing. I am far from being a divine editing creature*, but I hope I can put a shine on some of this raw, unpolished fiction. If all goes well, it will be a much bigger and better book by then end of draft two.
I’m ramping up the Spanish language learning. I’ve started the Michel Thomas course again and listened to disc one while I did laundry and sorted through some bags to stick on ebay. I’m really looking forward to being a little more conversation-ready when we are out in Dénia again. In addition to the Michel Thomas course, I’m also studying Berlitz Essential Spanish, and I’m playing around on the free BBC website language lessons as well. Although it sounds like I’m working hard at it, I’m actually trying to take this language learning casually and hoping that if I don’t stress out about it that I’ll remember more. Listening to Spanish internet radio is still in there too.
Not much else going on at the moment. I’ve been trying to take a step back from internet saturation as I re-evaluate my direction. Once I figure that out, I’ll be more comfortable with kicking my online activity up a notch again. It’s all about me taking control over how I use the web. My day to day life requires a fraction of the time online that I once needed (professionally and personally) and so I’m adjusting to the internet being one of many useful tools in the box, rather than it being the only tool. This change feels very positive.
Enough waffle, and now back to my rainy Monday to-do list.
* “The editor is always right. The corollary is that no writer will take all of his or her editor’s advice; for all have sinned and fallen short of editorial perfection. Put another way, to write is human, to edit is divine.”