At 6:58pm on Wednesday, October 20th, I finished the 1st draft of Genie Memories.
According to the time stamp on the file, I began Chapter One on April 15th 2009 at 9:42pm (CST). That’s roughly eighteen months (1 year and 189 days if you want to get picky). A little over one year since I took it to Viable Paradise.
That is a very long time to spend in one character’s head. I feel that Theodore Steiner and I are very well acquainted. Needless to say, we are both due for a vacation.
I’ll come back in a week or so and see how’s he doing.
Then I’ll gut the hell out of the sucker with a red pen.
I already know that one character will be completely written out. Three or four chapters are going to be reduced or removed and another five or six added. A couple of the characters and their relationships are going to change to make them more prominent and important to Theo.
But for now? It’s time to do the traditional Snoopy dance.