I’m rambling again

Please join me while I ramble on about my proof reading. The featured photograph is one I took while I was out with a local Ramblers group as we returned to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales after a day’s walking – or rambling I suppose.

Before I even switched on my desktop PC this morning – while I was shaving – a horrible thought struck me. While I’d been doing my restructuring and timeline changes here, here and everywhere I suddenly remembered that I’d probably put two different households into the same house. When I checked, I had. Pause for frantic checks through the navigation pane for every street that I’d named so that I could reassign them where they belonged. Whew!

I’ve also had to insert an extra year into the timeline – pushing back Chapter 13 to become Chapter 14. This gave me headroom to squeeze in some much needed relationship dynamics. The process of making characters less one-dimensional continues – except that, in one case – I gave Peter an extra dimension by increasing his waist size – he’d been doing too much socialising with clients and imbibing more than was good for him of the occasional vino and pint glass. He’s had to join a gym a few years later and start going out with the Ramblers – see how things fit together – if I was going to get him fit to be the knight in shining armour again later.

It wasn’t just the characters who were one-dimensional. Some of the set piece tableaux were pretty thin too – scenes like weddings, funerals etc. They didn’t so much need a lot more detailed description as more of the feel of something happening – giving a reader something to hang their imagination on.

Rome wasn’t built in a day‘, as they say, and though I wasn’t on that job, I suspect that there are still a few days to go before I can lay the story aside to stew for a few weeks. In the meantime, based on what I’ve been learning from the experience of trying to write a second book, I’m considering unpublishing my first to attempt a rewrite. I’m sure that there is still a story in there that’s worth doing better the second time around.

I took the photograph today, handheld, using my old Pentax K-50 16 MP camera with the kits lens attached. It was an 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens with focal length 30.63 mm and aperture f/13. The ISO was 200 and the shutter speed 1/160 seconds.

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