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The End of TV and the Beginning of Codex

Time for an update, and when you read it I'm sure you'll notice just how clever the headline is *wink wink*

The End are those nice little words at--wait for it--The End of "The Third Transmutation", the novel I've been revising for the past month. Yes, I actually reached the end yesterday. No, the revision isn't entirely finished. I'm adding three scenes in order for the climax to make any sense, but I know exactly what to do about it.

For once I've enjoyed the revision process, and since I started one month ago, I've only been away from the manuscript two days out of 31. The chunks I've revised were generally quite short--I've gone over 64K words in total and completely rewriting only a few thousand. Still, I've had a very good flow, which I've managed to balance with family life, freelancing, and a bit o' the ol' depression that still rears its head. So 2013 hasn't been bad at all :-)

TV and the Beginning… No monitor lasts forever, and our old fat-screen finally kicked the bucket last week after 10 years of trusted service. Bought a new one today. We still just have the five channels, but at least now they don't show purple stripes. In fact they look rather good. The beginning of an intermittent friendship.

The Codex in 'the Beginning of Codex' is The Codex Writers' Group. Someone on my friendlist recently mentioned that they'd joined, and I went to have a look. My off-the-online writing group is effectively on hiatus (except for when we meet anyway), so I've been on the lookout for some online whip-shaping for my stories. I'll dip my toes in the critique sessions in the coming week, and we'll see how it turns out. Better than no critiquing at all.

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asakiyume
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your novel, and that's nice to hear about Codex, too. I've heard good things about that group.
jakobdrud
Feb. 5th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. As far as I've found out -- the forum is HUGE -- there are lots of nice people on Codex, and the critique process seems to work well. I hope to contribute in a meaningful way.
musingaloud
Feb. 4th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
Oh, you're going to like Codex. Next weekend is a Weekend Warrior challenge -- a short story over the weekend. I believe the prompt goes up on Friday.
jakobdrud
Feb. 5th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
I like Codex already. The forum's a fountain of wisdom, and I'm looking forward to write some critiques and get a bit of feedback.

I saw the Weekend Warrior challenge, but I'll barely be online this weekend, so I'm skipping this for now.

Was it you who mentioned joining recently? (I tried to poke around in my friend stream, but it's not that search friendly.)
musingaloud
Feb. 5th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
No, I've been there a little over a year now. This was my second time at Weekend Warrior, but I think I'd just joined last year when Feb. rolled around. I've been really shy about posting stories for critiques, but I need to do that, so maybe I'll see you around the crit section!
jakobdrud
Feb. 6th, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
Give me a hint when you have a story up and I'll take a look :-)
musingaloud
Feb. 6th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
k, you too!
glynisj
Feb. 4th, 2013 07:58 am (UTC)
My 'fat' TV is still working. It's older than yours. Hubby and I bought it in 1992, or was is 1991? No matter, still ancient.

I tried one of the online write groups a couple of years ago. It had high recommendations, yet I found the site itself rather confusing. I hope the one you have joined is better.
jakobdrud
Feb. 5th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
A 1991 TV - that's not ancient, it's prehistoric ;-) My wife had a TV she inherited from her grandma, and it lasted at least twenty years, even after we had half a candle melt through the ventilation holes.

I used to be a member of Critters.org, and I liked the experience. Some critiques were useless, others were very, very insightful, and writing one every week was a good motivation for me. I don't have quite that much time anymore after the kids arrived.
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