Saturday, January 16, 2010

Favorite Lines

My cup of coffee with its chocolate-flavored creamer sits before me on the table. Nine Inch Nails is playing on my iPod as it slowly recharges, getting ready for a long day of work. With a three-day weekend ahead of me, I'm ready to dig in deep and get the copyedits for Wait for Dusk complete done, well ahead of schedule. I keep reminding myself that the sooner I get the copyedits done, the sooner I can start working on Book 6.

The edits have been going well. The copyeditor's remarks are sparser than they were for Pray for Dawn, but I feel like I'm making more changes this round. It's not so much grammar and typos, but little wording changes to make the sentence or scene flow just a little bit better.

While I was editing at Panera a few days ago, I ran across a pair of lines that made me stop and smile. They just kind of captured the mindset of Mira in the scene and in a lot of ways, for the entire book.

"Valerio was walking temptation. He was dripping blood and grinning at me like a madman with a meat cleaver, but there was something right and warmly familiar about that grin."

Wait for Dusk is a dark, violent book. I know that my other ones are well, but this one seems to top the others in a lot of ways. I'm trying to find ways for Book 6 to take a step back from that edge before I make that final leap. I am happy to report, though, the Wait for Dusk does have a slightly lighter side that helps to ease some of the tension and blood-stained horror.

I'll try to keep a look out for more favorite lines and post them here for you to enjoy. Or would that be a form of torture?


Candace said...

Oooh, that line is just EVIL! Glad that copyedits are going well. Panera is also one of my favorite places to sit and study. The atmosphere is very inviting.

Jenna said...

Ooh!! love that line!! Thanks Jocelynn!

I definately welcome more lines here..

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.