i am organizing myself

so much my head is spinning! Organizing at work, home, personally, my writing.

little by little

I am reviewing Like A Blue Thread again, this time printing, editing, then checking in Grammarly one chapter at a time. The first third of the book is turbulent, not the story but the manuscript itself. It comprises the current story, flashbacks, flashbacks within flashbacks, and what I call a super-flashback. Some flashbacks are in the present tense, though most are in the past, some are in the first-person voice.

the novel straightens up

after the spring of 1996, with occasional flashbacks and one future conversation, but mild compared to the first six chapters. So I wrote an outline of dates with how the story progresses and inserted the flashbacks. Then created a chronological outline to help me focus and ensure the story-telling progresses properly, which it does.

I concede it is a bit TRYING, but I do not want to change it.

Initially, I wrote it chronologically but changed it right away.


Since I am hyper-focusing on the chronological status, tenses, and voices as a break from reading and editing, I saw that I’ve been inconsistent in how I head the locations|dates. I figured they are necessary so that the reader could place the where and when.

i am currently debating on the format

A little voice whispers, does it matter? And I say, OF COURSE! I am writing a post hoping that freeing my mind from coming up with the one format that will satisfy me will actually do so. Does that make sense? I think so. Some headings have the day number, some no date — just a hotel and the country, some the city and country and the day of the week. I prefer

Como, Italy — February 20, 1995

It isn’t necessary to be so specific, but I think it gives credence to what is happening. It seems I have my answer! Briefly thought of including a timeline in the book’s front, which is why I began the outlines. Not sure if I will include them. But why not? It’s my book.