The pain of a line-edit

Posted on 8 October 2012 | 1 response

There is a certain magic of a well written book that I love. It is that point where you stop reading words on a page, and you instead see the story in your mind’s eye. Kind of like your subconscious takes care of the reading bit for you, and you get to just immerse yourself in the world. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll ever experience that with my own writing.

Now, I’m not saying it is because I don’t think I’ll ever be able to craft words in such a fashion as to be able invoke that power on a reader. No, it is because, when I read my own writing, I am always editing it. Every word is suspect, and I’m always wondering if I should have done something differently with the prose. And when I line-edit, it is the worst.

Right now, I am line-editing Revenant, getting rid of those last typos before I see if I might be able to market it better. And as I am going over those words, looking for misspelling or even word-choice errors (and there has been some word-choice editing and a few added lines of description here or there), I see the words, force myself to see the words, and it dispels the illusion.

I feel decently confident in my writing ability, but I will say, doing a line-edit sure makes me feel like a novice again.

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Five Years

Posted on 16 September 2012 | No responses

No, not Five years of Fife Ramblings. But Sunday, September 16 marks the five year anniversary of the death of a man who managed to shape the very fabric of my life without ever having been directly in it. I am speaking of Robert Jordan, the man whose writing inspired me to write. Today has actually been surprisingly emotional, carried on the wings of technology as my Facebook has been overflowing with remembrances, stories, and pictures of James Oliver Rigney Jr. I was then further honored when JordanCon and Dragonmount linked to my Legacy post, which contained the transcript of my speech at JordanCon III, saying that they “spent all day wondering what to say, but realized Richard Fife had said it already.”

So, aside from that, what have I been doing?

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New Host, Give Me Time

Posted on 21 August 2012 | No responses

Up and running (after a fashion) on a new host. Give me some time, and if after this weekend you find broken stuff, email me or comment here to let me know. Thanks.

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State of the Fife

Posted on 7 August 2012 | No responses

Okay, been quite here for a bit, so here’s an update of what I’ve been doing. A whole lot of nothing! Okay, not entirely, but I did enjoy a quite, relaxing summer full of surfing, going to conventions and get-togethers with friends, and not much writing at all. That has changed, though, and here’s how:

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Redrafting

Posted on 2 May 2012 | 1 response

So, I have decided I really want to keep piddling around in the world Tijervyn is set in. This is not so bad a thing as I have four different nations and four different Meisters of the Secret to play around with. In particular, I want to go back to the novel that actually started this, a manuscript I tentatively have titled “Of Brass and Blood” that takes place several years after the war between Sentat and Adervyn, and takes place over in Adervyn besides. The fun part, as I wrote this before Tijervyn, it really isn’t a sequel, despite taking place years later. Heck, in the original manuscript, very little to none is said about Sentat, and Quintin, while a character, never mentions that silly halfman he made that was really Sentatian, or his fellow Meisters. Probably because that whole idea was created for Tijervyn…

But, there is a problem.

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From the Ashes

Posted on 24 April 2012 | No responses

Four months. Has it really been four stinking months? Wow. Just . . . Wow. So, this is pretty short, traditional, “oh crap I haven’t posted anything in a while” type post. But instead of being all emo over why I haven’t been posting, I’m here to say that I have just gotten back from JordanCon and now have a whole crap-ton of stuff to do. So, a quick list of things I really want to do:

-Start writing for the monies again, in particular, manage to sell blog posts to Tor.com again.

-Do a massive revision on a novel I wrote tentatively called “Of Brass and Blood” which takes place in the same world as Tijervyn, but a few years later (although I wrote it a few years before)

-Write some more short fiction and start really actively shopping the new stuff and some old stuff I haven’t posted to markets.

-Get Revenant into dead-tree form and start working on actively selling it. Which leads to:

-Do yet another edit pass for typos on Revenant, as I found three in Chapter Five alone as I was reading the book for pleasure on my new tablet.

-Maybe (and this is pending everything else getting done) finish Meister of the Secret. Woo! (and I’m sure April will want to kill me)

So yes, busy times, and my funk of the last four months is pretty well banished. I feel great! I will hopefully start getting more regular blogs with musings on writing up here, but that is kind of a minor thing for me at this moment, so while this space might stay quietish, my twitter and facebook will probably be more active. Time to live up to that Phoenix icon I have up on this site, I think.

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A Fork In The Road

Posted on 16 December 2011 | 6 responses

Okay. As those of you that read my facebook or twitter know, I recently got a rejection letter. It was not the first one I ever got, nor do I think it will be the last. It is almost a mark of pride amongst published authors to talk about how big a room they could wallpaper with their rejection letters, so I know in the end this just ups my cred there.

BUT

I have to face a grim truth. I don’t have any novel manuscripts in condition to be sent out to editors or agents right now. Why? Because I’ve spent the last year writing Tijervyn. Now, Tijervyn has been fun, and quite a learning process besides, but the simple truth is that I cannot write for profit and for free at the same time. And sadly, I just don’t have resources and time to completely and truly self publish Tijervyn, so as a project, I’m afraid it has to be shelved. In fact, RichardFife.com is going to go kind of dark. Not in the “going offline” sense, but the “no new content” sense. Consider this more of a web-folio of writing projects, I suppose.

And, to allay the fears of you my loyal readers, I am not going to completely end Tijervyn. But updates are going to much more sporadic. Maybe once a month? I will use writing chapters of Meister of the Secret as a rest-writing exercise. Subscribe to the RSS feed (either main site or Tijervyn only) and you will see whenever I get around to putting up a new chapter.

Thanks for being readers.

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Vacation Week One

Posted on 9 December 2011 | No responses

As promised, Chapter Two from “Rust on the Blade”.

I again emphasize, this is a super rough draft. I’m not even looking back over it for simple typos or awkward or repetitive stuff, so please forgive them. Consider this a rather interesting look to see what a true first draft looks like. And that is all, because even though I was thinking of writing a blog post about something meaningful, I kind of realized that would mess with my concept of vacation. Never mind that I posted up a blog over at Tor.com a couple days ago… that’s different. They actually pay me and all that, right? right. Totally excusable. Anyway, see you next week for Chapter 3.

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Vacation

Posted on 2 December 2011 | No responses

Chapter Twelve: Distractions.

And yes, I’m going to leave that as a cliffhanger, because April and I are taking some time off. Just December, but with the craziness of holidays, I figured you the readers and us the writer/artist could use the time off. But never fear, Tijervyn returns January 6th, 2012. Until then, I’ve decided I’ll post a few more chapters of Rust on the Blade, since that got a good response from the first. I’ll try and think up some interesting blogs to go with them, but we’ll see when I remember I need to write them.

So, want to get me and April a holiday gift? Well, you can always buy that special someone an ebook for $2.99. Or you can always donate. Or you can review Revenant in those same ebook stores. Or you can tell all those other geeks in your family this holiday season about this awesome online story you’ve been reading. I am, as my friends are wont to say, “just saying.”

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Turkey

Posted on 25 November 2011 | No responses

Chapter Eleven: The Secret

So, semi-major reveals in this chapter. That’s about all, because I’m so full of turkey it isn’t even funny (for my non-US readers, we just had Thanksgiving, our national holiday of turkey slaughter and consumption). So, no blog really today. Just the chapter. Enjoy!

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