-- I apologize for any sort of weird grammatical nonsense that I do in this post. I stayed up too late watching Orange is the New Black, and now I'm sleepy writing. --
As you probably read in my last post, my computer took a turn for the worse over the weekend. My hard drive started to make noises that it should never make, and so I backed up the most crucial things and turned it off. It then turned out that the rest of my computer was more or less completely out of date, and so I ordered up some parts and built me a new one (picture of a nearly completed build below). I'd show off the final setup, but it's dark right now and it would look too flashed out.
As for my writing, I've pretty much just been hanging out and editing massive piles of paper. I've polished up the first chapter of my horror book, to get a first opinion read out of Charlotte on it. The rest of the book is in various states of decay, but the first bit is actually pretty good, if I do say so myself. There were a tremendous number of changes I had to make in this version of the story, as opposed to what I had written the first time around (the first person version). It took some time, but one of the main issues, and one that I've potentially fixed was finding the right pacing. I needed something that gave me a good deal of creepy without being too slow or too fast. It's a balance, and it took a few re-writes to get it just right, but hopefully I'm now there.
Dreamstate II, on the other hand, is now about halfway done being edited. I've had a few runaway days where I go through forty or so pages and then realize I've forgotten to eat breakfast or lunch. I'm setting alarms now--it's just too easy to get caught up in the world. I really like the story I've written; I think that it might be a bit better than the first book. It's definitely different, but I feel like it has more pull and more rhythm that keeps the plot rushing forward. I've cut out a lot of the slower/ more dull moments, and everything seems to be better because of it. I'm sure there will be a few more changes that I'll need to make once other people start getting their hands on it, but from where I'm sitting (and editing) things are looking good.
Here's that computer picture (Yay new stuff):