Finishing It

File:Falls of Schaffhausen Ruskin.jpg

So here are the remaining items on the tablet 4 rewrite:

1) a day of toing-and-froing while I do things other than tablet 4 (e.g., pay rent, write down breakfast recipes, unclog kitchen drain);

2) put in latest round of corrections, print out, let latest printout lie around for a few hours while I do more stuff;

3) go over latest corrections. This latest round should take care of all major outstanding issues, including the addition of a new stanza to dramatize Enkidu’s crisis of faith on day 5 of the journey;

4) make final corrections, print out, and let paper copy cool off (should take one day);

5) next-to-final read-through, correcting problematic word choices and line breaks;

6) let paper copy lie around for another day;

7) final read-through, looking for anything embarrassing that might have slipped in;

8) declare rewrite done and start preparing to upload files onto the net.

In other words, by Friday the rewrite will be done!!! (not counting the unavoidable, nagging little worries (and corrections) that plague an author until a manuscript is published.

& please note: maybe the hardest thing here will accepting the notion that tablets 1-4 (more than a third of the whole story) are finished, copyrighted, and published on the net.


PaintingFalls of Schaffhausen. John Ruskin, 1842. Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on cream paper. WikiCmns. Public Domain.


  1. February 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Beautiful pic, and I’m doing the same thing now, editing and rediting my novel before publication! It’s pure hardwork but rewarding!! Great post… 🙂

    • February 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      seyi: thanks, it’s exhilarating but still hard work… RT

    • February 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Seyi: & congratulations on finishing your novel! RT

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