punishment for enjoying myself :)

I’m pretty sure the punishment for saying I was having fun writing is getting two sets of copy edits to do in two weeks. I knew about the TQB ones; I had three weeks’ warning that they’d be coming in. I did not know about the HOUSE OF CARDS ones; I got email late Thursday night saying “We’re sending you copy edits and can we have them back Wednesday?”

The answer there is, “No.” :)

I spent the train ride up to Dublin, and a good part of Friday afternoon at my parents’ house, putting all the line edits I’d made on HoC into an electronic file so I could print it out and have a completely clean copy to work on copy edits from. Then Ted and I went to Octocon, which I’ll write about later, and instead of being morally superior and doing any work on the way home I read the second two books in Morgan Howell’s “Queen of the Orcs” trilogy.

This morning I woke up with a definite cold and a plan to not work on copy edits at all today, but just get HoC printed out so I had the clean copy and then I could write this afternoon.

However–as warned–the TQB manuscript was just delivered. Oh. My. God. It’s huge. Overwhelmingly huge. Alarmingly huge. Like I’m-afraid-to-look-at-it huge. And there is a package slip to go pick up what are presumably the HoC edits. (eta: the package slip was apparently for the TQB edits. Perhaps the PDF is the only version of the HoC edits I get.)


8 thoughts on “punishment for enjoying myself :)

  1. Ahh – it great to see you again, sorry about the cold, I wonder who gave that to you?

  2. Actually, it was almost certainly my nephews, who are, as Ted calls them, little plague monkeys. :) I’ve been on and off with a cold the last few weeks, but this morning it was distinctly more unpleasant. :)

  3. plague monkeys, eh?
    After I read the latest blog entry of one of my friends who works in a school detailing the latest of her random sickness of the week… I wonder why we spend all this money for CDC and other organizations to have research labs.. I mean the largest variety of infectious diseases and their carriers are in any school you go to.

  4. Whats the deal with requiring copy edits back in less than a week? Who messed up on their end of things in scheduling. That is plain insane!!!

  5. I managed to cram copy edits for my last novel into about a week’s time, but it was a rush job and I knew it. It took three other readers to scrub the text for everything I’d missed.

    Thank goodness for print-on-demand.

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