Okay, at this point, I should call these check-ins: Whenever I want writing check-in.
But! I’ve been working on the edits for Coffee and Ghosts, Season Four.
It’s. Almost. Done.
The last episode is with my proofreader (and she does a tremendous job), and I have the Vellum file set up, so all I need to do is drop that last episode in, and then I can generate all the files for publishing.
Before I sent the manuscript for proofing, I tried something new with my listening edit this time around. I made a free account on Amazon Web Services and used Amazon Polly to create audio files.
Then I played the files on my phone and did a “story and sound” edit. I’ve done these in the past, but I’ve been tied to my desktop PC. This way, I was able to move around and pause the audio when I heard something hinky.
Curious about doing that yourself? Joanna Penn has everything you need to know. Check out this post on The Creative Penn.
For the most part, I am making sense of all my squiggles.
I’m currently working in Word with Grammarly opened in the side panel. This is something new. In the past, I’ve completed my edits and then would open Grammarly to pick up on anything I might have missed.
Note: this is not the way I draft anything. When I draft, spellcheck, grammar checks, everything is off, off, off.
But I find Grammarly a bit tedious. There are any number of things I simply skip (and you should too). And I wasn’t looking forward to running a check after I was all done with the edits. So? Two for one!
It seems to be working. The edits may be a bit slower, but that’s not a bad thing.
Also, I’m pretty sure the only reason Grammarly has “checked” +300,000 words is it runs the check each time I open the manuscript or wake my desktop. I look far more productive than I actually am.