Monday, October 22, 2007

busy, busy, BUSY!!!

I haven't forgotten about this blog. Really. I've just been so busy with the manuscript that I don't want to type any more at the end of the day. I figured I'd catch up later and I suppose that'd be right about now. Book 1 is still a year away from seeing the light of day, but it's been consuming my every moment for the last several months.
Draft 1 was cool.
Draft 2 was cooler.
Draft 3 was a pain in my ass, but it was all necessary and turned out really cool.
Draft 4 was a lot of cleanup detail.
Draft 5 was mostly nip and tuck, but wound up with an entirely new prologue. I'm definitely going to use the old prologue later, like maybe in Book 2.

Ok. You get the idea. Lots of drafts. This isn't my first go-around with the whole editing thing and the process for this one is far from over. I will tell you that this is the first time I've ever enjoyed the process so much. Other books were edited because they needed to be. With this one, I feel like the fussy parent spitting on his fingers and slicking back the kid's hair before he goes out in public. (or she...I don't know. It's just an analogy). That's a pretty tired metaphor as well, but it fits. Anyway, as hard as this job can be, it's truly been great. As this book gets closer to being published, I'm anxiously awaiting every next step in a way that makes all the others pale in comparison.

I can't wait to see what my agent thinks when she reads it. What will my editor say? Will the copy editors be kind? Please Lord let them be kind. What will the cover look like? I'm VERY anxious for that one! So far, I've been really fortunate with the covers of my other books and I haven't had a really bad one yet. Let's just keep that rolling, ok?

As of right now, the manuscript is printed and waiting to be sent in. I say there's only a few more years remaining where publishers will even need a printed stack of pages. A good portion of editing is done digitally and I made a lot of the initial submissions for this project through various emails. Even though emailing would be easier and save me a whole lot of money spent on paper and ink cartridges, there's something undeniably special about seeing your book all printed up in black and white. Seeing it on the shelves is going to be surreal and I cannot wait until Fall of '08.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Process

Good Lordy!! Draft 1 is finished, but there's still a LOT of work that needs to be done. I'm pretty sure most of the big fixes should be done with draft 2, but a draft 3 and beyond is inevitable. Editing may be necessary...ok it IS necessary...but it's not fun. Any writers who say they love editing me with my editing.

So maybe it's not as bad as all that, but it is grueling. Instead of forging new ground and writing new scenes and coming up with new stuff, I've got to turn around and walk back over the same road. And then...when I'm done with that...I need to walk over it again! Kind of reminds me of that George Carlin routine about golfing. I'm nowhere near good enough to write the equivalent of a hole in 1, so editing it must be. I've also noticed something. When I talk about editing, I use the ol' "..." a lot. HA! I don't need to edit this!!

Anyway, this is just a bit of steam venting before I dive in and start ripping the guts out of my 450 page plus baby and chop off scenes, story arcs and what have you like the blood-soaked dentist from Little Shop of Horrors. The good news is that I will replace those guts with cool new parts. It'll be faster. Stronger! Anyone else looking forward to that new Bionic Woman show? (transition much?) I'll give it a shot because I think a lot of folks behind the new Battlestar Galactica are behind it and they know how to update cheesy crap from the 70's. We'll see.

I am a Battlestar Galactica fan and, oddly enough, I am NOT upset about the show going off the air. I'll miss it, but as long as they're ending on the writers' terms, it should be great. They've got time to plan out a definitive ending and see it through. There's nothing worse than a great show refusing to die and just withering away into nothing. This happened to Highlander, one of the BEST shows on TV, and made for season 6 which was one of the WORST seasons ever pumped into my TV.

Ok. I've babbled about some TV stuff and written an entry on this site. There's no more putting it off. I gotta get back to editing. Hopefully it turns out ok.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The First Few Steps

Ok. It's fairly early in the process, but I'm chugging away at Book #1. As is the case with most writers, I already can't wait to see the final product. What will the cover look like? How will everyone like it? Who will play Cole in the movie? Maybe I'm jumping the gun a bit on that last one, but you get the point. The most positive sign for me is just how much I enjoy writing this book. Even when I'm away from my desk, I'm thinking about what to do in this one, what to do in the next ones, what to do even further down the road. There's so much room for me to play here.

But I can't get all wrapped up in that. There's work to do now and plenty of time for the rest later. My big concern is to make something people will hopefully read. Uh oh. Now I'm thinking about everything else again. Ugh. All right. Enough of this. Back to work.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Keeping it alive

I don't know if these blogs will disappear or wear out or whatever if they're not in use. I would imagine something like that would be in place, so I'm tacking on a few entries here just to keep this space alive. If I'm wrong about the whole disappearing thing, at least this gives me a chance to stretch my fingers a bit.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

See you soon

Just setting up this blog for right now. I doubt anyone will be checking in until around the Fall of '08 and even if they did, there's not a lot to say. I'll piece this together so it'll be ready when the time is right.

This is what happens without editors

I'm Marcus Pelegrimas, author of the SKINNERS series. Here you'll find various ramblings about movies, video games, TV, and...oh yeah...those books I write. If there's anything you'd like to discuss, just let me know. I try to update whenever the mood strikes me, so feel free to leave comments. There may be some occasional foul language, but anyone who's too easily offended probably doesn't read my stuff anyway.

Free Stuff

Here's how it goes. As usual, I've got my truckload of promo covers from EOS Books. I'll be going to some conventions, so I hope to see you there and I'll gladly sign your books. If you can't make it to a con, just email me your name, address and any inscription so I can send you a signed cover.

BONUS ---> If you would be so kind as to write up a review for any or all Skinners books and publish it on a site like, Barnes & Noble, Borders, or any other major review site, I can send you something extra. I made up some bookmarks (which I'll sign) and I've even put together some Shimmy's VIP passes (which I'll also sign). Can't guarantee the passes will get you into a real strip club, but I think they look pretty cool. Send me a link to your review along with your name, address and inscription, and I'll get these out to you as well.