Done. For Now.
This morning I finished the fourth draft of “The One About Ian” and it just might be the final major revision of the piece. I am very happy with how its turned out. Everything I’ve learned over the last semester seems to have helped this time around. I could really feel that as I was composing and rearranging. It was truly a unique revision experience and I am left with a story that maybe, just maybe, might be ready for publication somewhere.
The rest of the day was a wash. I was so consumed by thoughts about the piece, about whether it truly might be finished, that I couldn’t keep my mind on anything else. I did have Avoidance to finish reading and that occupied my mind during those little bits where I wasn’t thinking about my story.
I finished Avoidance, too, and it was amazing. And, to think that I’ve been working with this guy for five months on my work—that’s encouraging. If any of his abilities, his sensibilities have rubbed off on me as a writer, I could consider myself a lucky guy. If you have some time, I would heartily recommend it.
I would also heartily recommend avoiding adverbs like “heartily”. It’s tired, all right? Do as I say, not as I do.