I’ve had a couple of weeks off from writing. I needed a break after finishing Gilded Scarab before I start the hard edit of it to kick it into shape. So I gave the house a spring clean instead – which was folly of the worst kind. Carltonware is lovely stuff, my pretties, but not when you have over 200 pieces of it crowded onto shelves in your living room that hadn’t been dusted since sometime prior to Noah’s Flood – see photo, which is a composite showing the alcoves on each side of the chimney. I have spent a week clambering up and down the stepladder and have hand washed every single one of those darn pots. It all gleams and glimmers now it’s clean and dust free but my heart is sinking with the knowledge that I’ll have to do it all again in a few months and at least *try* to keep things clean in the interim. Perhaps I can put a weekly cleaner down as a business expense? After all, if I’m cleaning china, I ain’t writing. Legit, do you think? Worth thinking about, anyway.
The edit of Gilded Scarab will start in a couple of weeks when my wonderful betas and crit group have digested the whole thing and sent me back their comments. I don’t think it’s in bad shape right now, but it will benefit from being tightened up and sharpened. While I wait for their “Ach, Anna, what were you thinking here?” and “Good lord, girl, you can’t have him doing *that*!”, I’ve been going over the first rough draft of the third Shield story, and transferring it to Scrivener to start work on it. I’ve chunked it up into rough chapters and tomorrow, when I’ve done some beta-ing for a fandom friend – I’m going to start on it.
Does it matter, do you think, that the chapters are uneven lengths? Anything from 6 pages to 14. Would it annoy you as a reader? What do you do when the breaks in action/ PoV/ dialogue say “Here. Stop the chapter here.” when really it means that this chapter is going to be ten pages long and the one before it, where Flynn was angsting all over the space ship (grins) was only 5 and a half? Do you listen to the story and break it there or do you shoehorn material in to try and keep the chapters of an even length. Do tell me.
Anyhow, while you think about your answer, here’s a picture of Matt Bomer, who is the perfect Bennet.
You know, personally I don’t care how long the chapter is as long as he’s in it.