Friday, July 30, 2010

Look Out Beta Readers!

I’m in the process of making the final* pass through my WIP before it goes to my beta readers.

Specifically, I’m looking at:

  • Bolstering descriptions, of settings and people
  • Incorporating the five senses
  • Spelling/grammar/typos/awkward sentences
  • Overuse of pet words: that, just, maybe, Kyrgyzstan
  • Making sure the chapter numbers are in order
  • Characters who are always smiling, nodding, shrugging, or guffawing.

Last night, I awoke at three a.m. with some ideas about the book. I jumped up, grabbed a piece of paper and a pen, and hustled to the bathroom so I wouldn’t wake up my wife with the light. I jotted down my great ideas and went back to bed.

Here’s what I wrote:

Ref go droang xrtg pepperoni aft dincc. Bertttt Xoccwee & frooop. Ha ha ha ha!!! drrb,poipi 799

Any ideas what that means? And why do I have this urge to order pizza?


*Final? Yeah, right!



Margot Kinberg said...

Alan - I know exactly what you mean about fixing up a WIP before sending it on. I do that, too, although I must say I've yet to use Kyrgyzstan too many times. Antidisestablishmentarian, yeah, but not Kyrgyzstan. I always worry when I get those last-minute good ideas and try to record them without benefit of enough coffee. Things get ugly...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kyrgyzstan pizza perhaps?

Stephen Parrish said...

You kill me.

Mary said...

You wrote that with the light on? Alan, you need to rest a bit.

Dorte H said...

Go drown some pepperoni pizza after dinner. Well, at least that was the first bit.

Alan Orloff said...

Margot - Talk about last minute ideas. I got a bunch more today. Now, should I try to squeeze them in...

Alex - Sounds delish! And exotic!

Steve - I just flew in from Kyrgyzstan, and boy is my spellchecker tired.

Mary - I can always use a nap.

Dorte - I think I've found my translator!

Dorte H said...


But you´d better check my hourly wage with my secretary before we go on ;D

Patricia Stoltey said...

That was so funny -- I've tried writing down dreams in the dark in the middle of the night and get similar gobbledygook. But you turned the light on in the bathroom, didn't you? Didn't you?