- Continuity glitches just make it seem like my characters have amnesia. One of the subplots was re-ordered during draft 1.5, and there are a lot of passing mentions about those events that need to be cleaned up. The characters keep talking about things in the future that have already happened. They’re very cheerful about it, at least.
- I have not run my standard too-frequently-used-word search ‘n’ purge yet. I wonder whether anyone will notice.
- I was horrified/delighted to find that Scrivener has a word-frequency tool built in. New toy!! Agna’s name beats Keifon’s by 250 uses, and factoring in “Kei” in dialogue doesn’t close the gap much. The most frequently used noun other than those two names is time, followed by hand (of-damn-course) and the name of a third character whose identity is a spoiler. The end of the list, all the words that are used just once, is my favorite thing ever. Accoutrements! Machinations! Wheeze! Oh, words.
- The more annoying a character is, the more they entertain me, in very small doses. It was Edann in book 1, and now Keth in book 2. At least they are different kinds of annoying.
- Heat-sealed-glass-jar type canning was not invented until the 1800s. I am never EVER going to learn enough trivial crap about the past, am I.
- I’ve been told I don’t say this clearly enough, so: If you are interested in beta-reading The Healers’ Home — this is not a paid position, except in gratitude and credit — send me an email (info on the About page) or comment. My first drafts are grammatically fairly decent, so this is mostly an “are my characters making incomprehensible decisions / did I forget to mention how gravity works / is this character’s name unsurmountably stupid” level of beta-read. Fear not, I know what commas are.
On the reading front, I have had to take a break from my Historical Romance immersion after my first draft of capsule reviews collapsed into ranting about first-world problems, why it was apparently required for women to be utterly perfect down to the last cell, and why people in historicals bone all the time but still wail about how if anyone knew they’d be RUINED!!!!. I’ll finish this, but first I’ll take a break for beta-reading others’ drafts and editing mine. Then back into it. I fear this genre is not for me, but I bought all those books ages ago, so I will read them, dammit.