I'm afraid today's going to be a blog about failure. First of all, over the weekend, my hard drive failed on my Mac after a brief skirmish of wits that started the middle of last week. Yes, I am steamed. Yes, it is slowing me down. Yes, my computer is going to Florida to hopefully have its brain picked. Yes, I'm beginning to wonder why I went to a Mac instead of my lifelong PCs as at least when my last hard drive failed, I could just take it out of my computer instead of shipping the whole darn thing. Yes, I'm bitter. Can you tell?
Secondly, I know I promised a revision post where I actually demonstrated my revising in action. And I promised it a long time ago. And I'm here to tell you that I have failed utterly to produce such a thing. The reason why is this: I can't show you. Not because it is classified knowledge guarded closely by an order of monks who perform nightly secrecy rituals involving bats and cheerios. But because I can't demonstrate the global changes I make to a manuscript. I could show you some of my editing, but it would be my line-editing, which happens at the very end, when I skim back over and check out word choice and paragraph order. In other words, the least important and useful part of revision, and the part that I try to really, really deemphasize to unpublished authors.
Then I thought I would possibly just describe changes I made to the original Lament manuscript, as they were very sweeping, but I think that without showing huge chunks of the original text, it wouldn't be effective. One day I shall run a giant writer's workshop called RIPPING THE GUTS OUT OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT: A TWO DAY COURSE and I will wave examples and wield red pens. But, that's really hard to do in a blog post.
So . . . I fail. I'm sorry to have promised something that I couldn't deliver, but the choice was between a 50 page long blog post or no blog post, and I think for everyone's sanity, we'll have to go with the latter. The only thing I could think of to make it up to you guys was to post this video of a lamb.