I Specialise in Miniscule Milestones

July 28, 2008 at 1:39 am (Uncategorized)

I’m sitting here next to a printed out copy of the latest version of my synopsis, and my manuscript draft is in a box waiting to be sent to Varuna. I’ve called the synopsis document ‘synopsis V,’ but in reality it’s much closer to synopsis XV. I don’t actually know how many of them I’ve written, and I doubt this version will be the last. They’re buggers to write, actually, really very tricky. My thesis abstract must have been rewritten about thirty or forty times. No kidding. Try that on for size and see how you like it. So I’m perfectly clear that as far as this latest synopsis goes, I may well have only reached the halfway mark. It may not be terribly interesting to you (in which case I apologise for going on and on about this whole process), but I find looking at version number one and this latest one absolutely fascinating. I’m fascinated by the differences in language, structure, and voice. One of the only things keeping me motivated in all these endless rewrites – and the MS is hovering at about 93,000 words now, so an endless store of motivation is most certainly required – is comparison, because I can see myself that it is slowly getting better. There’s no question that this one page synopsis is better than the first, and no question that this version of the MS is stronger than all the others preceding it. And that’s enough to keep me going. Only just, mind you, but still. Onwards.

So that’s where I’ve been for the past week – utterly preoccupied and not at all capable of thinking about anything else. A few late nights, and many very long days. And once I email myself this blog post, I’m going to walk down to the post office and send the MS and the synopsis to Varuna. Shrug it off. And then I’ll have a month away from it to work on other things. Ah, bliss. So tomorrow I’ll return with something fun… I have to reacquaint myself with the world first, I’ve sort of forgotten what it’s like out there…

POSTSCRIPT: I’m now sitting at the internet cafe closest to the post office. I’ve retrieved the blog post from my Yahoo account, and I’m just pasting it in now for your viewing pleasure. It’s not a momentous occasion in the big scheme of things, it’s just another draft, but in this peculiar life I have chosen, such small things as finishing the latest version and sending it off to someone who is actually GOING TO READ IT do start to feel more significant than they otherwise might. So I am just taking a moment to enjoy this small milestone, and then I’ll walk home looking at the cranking surf and allow myself to start thinking about other things… like how to fix that damn short story… and how to write a fabulous blog for you tomorrow to make up for recent neglect… thanks for bearing with me.



  1. Miriam said,

    Hey! I just sent my (hopefully) penultimate thesis draft to my supervisor! Go us with the mini milestones!

  2. doctordi said,

    Oooooh, look at you and your penultimate draft! Woo-hoo! Well done, Miss M, that’s got to be exciting. The end is nigh – but not in that apocalyptic, ranting homeless guy kind of way…

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