Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Recovery was slow, with a lot of down time and anxiously waiting for test results and prognosis about the future. In an effort to keep my mind occupied and off the different scenarios we were facing, I pulled Kelly Bloodsworth's story out of the drawer.
TIMES HAVE CHANGED
A big part of Kelly's story revolved around technology. I have always loved electronics and I had integrated a lot of "toys" into the plot. A lot had changed since 1999. Complicated computers, and everything associated with them, had morphed into commonplace household items. The Kelly Bloodsworth novel needed tweaking to bring it into the 21st Century. A floppy disc, with it's huge 1.2 MB storage capacity was a central plot point. (If you don't know what a floppy disc is, look it up) Now that a USB thumb drive's capacity is into the two digit Gigabyte range it needed to be changed.
I started from the beginning and went line by line, page by page and modernized my story so that it was up to specs, tech wise. Even as I was writing, things were changing so fast I had to go back an change / add to them again, just to stay current.
I sent my pages off to my best friend, best critic, and one of the people I most hated leaving, John Godfrey. John is a teacher back in So. CA. He "dusted and cleaned" the story and returned it to me with praise, constructive criticism and spatterings of red marks. I turned all of his red ink, black, and I finally had a finished product. Now I was ready to hit bricks and get an agent for sure.