NaNoWriMo Prep – I’m a rebel and will be editing

NaNoWriMo Prep – I’m a rebel and will be editing so I’m figuring out where I can write. It’s a card table in the lounge/dining area of our new unit. Space is at a premium, I will manage though.

I’ve done another book review today and sorted out a bit more of my manuscript to be reprinted through Scrivener thanks to a brilliant tutorial I recently watched, I now imported my word document and can sort it out much more thoroughly.

Of course, I’m still deciding whether I’ll put the two previous NaNoWriMo manuscripts – Microworld and Microworld Undersea together, or if I’ll just rework my old manuscript to get it republished.

Now for the book review:

Book Review by Jill Smith©Oc19

Title: 10 Short Stories You Must Read in 2010

Authors: Authors: Maggie Alderson, Georgia Blain, Mark Dapin, Nick Earls, Alex Miller, Judy Nunn, Malla Nunn, Craig Silvey, Rachel Treasure, Christos Tsiolkas

Produced by: Produced by the Australian Council for the Arts

I won this book as part of a package from the Library ‘Get Reading’ program. The Foreword by Sandra Yates, Chair of Get Reading. I’ve never needed to be encouraged to read but I know others struggle to read books as they prefer newspapers or magazines. This is 2019 so it’s one of those books I put off for someday having many others to read.

Some of these stories left a mark. I particularly enjoyed Maggie Anderson’s ‘Dress Medium’. Felicity is a psychic shopper whose talent could lose her everything, Anya is an antique shop owner desperate to sell ‘deadstock’, she discovers they are a perfect match. ‘Confession’ by Malla Nunn is an intriguing tale of a Priest who helped turn around the fortunes of McAlister’s orphanage. Well written with immersive descriptions of the horse-riding Priest and the children’s carer. I particularly loved ‘The Amber Amulet’ by Craig Silvey in which a solitary boy sets out to save the world in his street, one house at a time, after dark he becomes ‘The Masked Avenger’. It is a disarmingly charming story of self-discovery. ‘The Evolution of Sadie Smith’ was a great story very much in keeping with getting a reader interested in where it would go. I was surprised and delighted by this story. A young widow changed her own life with the help of mail she hadn’t ordered being delivered. The other authors all contribute in their own style, Nick Earls has his straightforward deadpan style with Steve when going for coffee with Jeremy, an almost tolerated, almost friend when they go to buy coffee at Merlo girls.

If you happen across this book it is worth picking up and taking to read. This copy is likely to make it into a second-hand bookstore for someone else to devour.

About jillsmith

I am an author of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world' now retitled Book 1 and Book 2 of the Ancient Alien Series, as I've written the third in the series currently titled Travellers. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. As a member of The Ten Penners, I've written six short stories in a collaborative our anthology for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales (released 2009), and nine stories including a novella in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic (released 2017). They are both available in hard copy and on Amazon as ebooks. I also contributed to 'Spooktacular Stories' a Share Your Story anthology launched in October 2019. I blog to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon and mum in law to Cassie. I lead a busy life.
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4 Responses to NaNoWriMo Prep – I’m a rebel and will be editing

  1. Lyn says:

    I struggle with the whole concept of “no editing” for NaNoWriMo. My internal editor just refuses to stay asleep. 😦

    • jillsmith says:

      You must be a great editor, l plan a bit pre NaNo then find l change direction when writing. I haven’t gone back over my last two manuscripts since writing them. I fully expect to say to myself- what was l thinking?

      • Lyn says:

        I’m okay when it comes to helping others with their editing/proof reading, but when it comes to editing my own MSs, that’s an entirely different thing :/

      • jillsmith says:

        I thought l was doing okay till l asked my boss to make my ms into ePub she said l needed to fix the dialogue tags that were consistently inconsistent. So l’m back to it again. I apologise for the cover of DV’s being a little tatty but it’s the last l had in stock! I’ll get more in soon. Thanks again for buying them. Jill

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