Monday, October 15, 2012

Musical Chairs

First, it was moving the living room and study furniture into the spare bedroom, dining room, solarium, and back bathroom so the new carpet could be laid. Once that was done, we moved some furniture back in its rightful places and rehung the doors. Then we moved the dining room chairs from the back bathroom and into the spare bedroom where the doors had been stacked. That makes getting to the toilet a bit easier. ; ) Now, we've moved the dining room furniture into the study so that floor can be tiled.

Someday, we'll be done with this wave of renovation, but don't hold your breath. It's going to take awhile yet.

Until then, the analogies of house renovation to writing will just be too easy to ignore.

Think about our musical chairs game with the furniture. It's a lot like rewriting.We shift scenes around to make the story flow and juggle sentences to make a paragraph smooth out. And even continue on down to word and comma level. Getting finished takes a lot of shifting, fitting, cutting, and moving. Then we still worry that we are not done. At least until that glorious day when we decide there's nothing else we can do and we send our 'babies' into the world for others to read.

Come to think about it, it's kind of like hosting an open house to show off a new renovation, isn't it?


  1. Its so hard to never feel 'done' with a project. I totally hear you. :)

  2. Also, you always make a bigger mess before it's done. You cut apart, move, snipe, rewrite bridges. It all turns into a jumble and you wonder if it will ever be put back together again.

    1. You mean like my house at the moment? LOL! My family dropped by and I told them to weave their way around the chairs in the bathroom. Luckily, we're all from a construction background and they understood.

      Now to convince them that writing it the same way. ; )

  3. Ooh, what was that you said about a kissing scene in FF? I'd like an "open house" for that :-)
    Hope you're taking before and after photos of the renovation!

    1. Ah. Sorry, that "kissing" scene is in a later book.

      I didn't take new photos of before, since I have so many around of Christmases and etc. I'll have to remember to take some afters.


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