Day 15 (March 7,2012)
Plan for the day: Apart from continuing the text and flow edits of Part One, I aim to review all six of the Part outlines, to note where there would be shortfalls to background if parts were split into three books, AND to identify potential need to strengthen endings of Books 1 and 2, and beginnings of Books 2 and 3 because of the separation. Also over coming days will reconsider current Part titles and alternative Book titles. Fortuitously, the day feels fresh and cool and bright without a hint of rain. An omen?
Editing: a) Clear-headed morning with focus on Part One. All changes feel good. Many words cropped and paragraphs merged. Much tighter and more active. Would like more days like this. Freya flies out of Australia on a four-week family mission, leaving behind her favourite jacaranda trees. She finds Glasgow drab and grey and unwelcoming.
b) Also happy with review of all Parts with notion of three books. Do-able I think. Was a bit surprised to find I hadn’t updated all Parts changes in outlines, but quick scan reminded me what has been done and I’m happy with that. Tomorrow I will start to play with outlines a bit more before finalising a three book approach, but am thinking this is the likely decision. Will feel more focussed when that’s done, regardless of decision. I want it to be binding then.
Outcome: The library was pleasant to work in – only sporadic and thoughtful background conversations – not at all intrusive. Made fruitful progress till mid-afternoon, and then made for home and family time.