July 12, 2017

Post from the Host 7/12/2017


My YouTube channel has been sleepy lately, and I know you folks who enjoy the live-streamed forecasts have been missing the regular updates, but I promise you the absence is for a good reason: I'm in the process of completing a third round of edits to the manuscript for The Satanic Tarot. Now that the manuscript is finished, I'm going back through it with a fine-tooth comb to catch the small typos and grammos that have flown under the radar.

And it's a good thing I'm doing it, too, because I write the same way that I talk. Have you ever heard that advice? When people want to start writing short-stories and don't know where to start, a frequent piece of advice given is to "write like you talk." And boy-howdy, it's good advice: hear the narrative in your head, and POOF you've got words on the page.

But if you're somebody like me, then this advice is a double-edged blade: yes, I get a lot of words on the page, but I'm the kind of speaker who likes to add unnecessary elaboration and repeat myself several times to make a point, which translates into lots of run-on sentences and more often than not paragraphs that can be cut in half yet still make as much sense. So yeah, it's not just the odd typos and grammos that I'm hunting, but also paragraphs that have grown too long in the tooth.

But you know what I'm also doing? I'm responding to the suggestions from my alpha-readers who are pointing out areas where I need to give further elaboration. For example, the fifth chapter - the Book of Flesh - is the one in which I provide instruction how to lay out the cards and read them as a spread. My alpha-readers are telling me that I'm assuming too much of my readers' knowledge coming to the book and I need to include sample readings showing how it all fits together...

... and to be honest, I don't really want to do it because I thoroughly despise typing my Tarot readings. It's my absolute least favorite way of delivering a reading, but if it's what's necessary to declare Mission Accomplished!, then I guess I don't have much choice in the matter.

Unless my alpha-readers submit additional suggestions that will require a radical revision of the book (sweet baby Satan save me from such a fate), I'm on track for the final draft of the manuscript to be copyrighted by Halloween. Whether the book is published in 2017 depends on the kind of responses I receive from publishers, but so they say - the best is yet to come.

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