Actually, it’s my favorite word

Rather than actually writing the unfinished chapters in the second book in my series, I am in fact poring over words and revising and editing what’s already there. I’ve been alerted to the fact (thank you, Matthew) that my hero, Rhuun, likes the word ‘actually’.  To be fair, it’s a terrible word, and he is a demon. He’s also somewhat pedantic and has a peculiar sense of humor. (I know, you can’t wait to read about him, right? What if I added that he’s super hot? Like, flammable?)

Search is a humbling function. I searched for ‘actually’ and found it 19 times in a 388 page document. And Rhuun only says it a handful of times. I got it down to 11, I think that’s fair. (I let him say it a few times, since he does enjoy being right.) Next up, ‘In fact’. I noticed this one myself. (And when you’re revising your own work, doesn’t it seem like someone else did the writing?) People, I found 27 instances. 27! I MIGHT have to cut a few of those. In fact, I might have to actually cut most of them. I have also been warned against ‘endless’ (only three in this MS!) and for some reason ‘coffee’ comes up 17 times.

Search is also sort of snotty. I entered ‘bed’ and it said, and I quote, ‘that shows up a lot!’ Emphasis theirs! What are you, Search, the Bed Police? Maybe he’s tired, after all that correcting people. Let the poor guy take a nap! (This might also explain all the coffee.) Out of curiosity I looked up ‘sex’ and that came up (see what I did there?) 18 times. So, I guess if you subtract 18 from ‘a lot’ that leaves the number of naps? Hey, math is not my subject.

In other news, I am delighted to be working with the indomitable Kellie Sheridan over at Booktrope. She’s my Project Manager, which means she gets the late night phone calls about how I can’t write, everyone hates me, my keyboard has morphed into a nest of worms, my cats are conspiring against me, etc. My husband says ‘thank you’, by the way.  I’m also in the capable proofreading hands of Amy Pierce, to whom I wish good luck and Godspeed. And for those who have asked, we are working hard on Book One, The Demon Door, and yes, you will be able to buy it pretty soon. Actually, you should stay tuned!

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