Editing, Cats, and Some Eclipse Pics

I’m in the middle of the first week of re-writes, proofreading, editing, etc. This is great fun for me. As much as I love writing, I love going through the book over and over – hashing out problems I created for myself, remembering things I wrote two months ago and being thrilled that I actually maintained continuity for most of them. As odd as it sounds, I do love the editing process. I have learned so much in the last five years and five years from now, I’ll have learned that much more. The English language might feel frustrating at times, but it is absolutely glorious.

This morning (hah – morning for me starts at 12:05 pm) it was time to print out the manuscript. Doing so requires a great deal of preparation. Why? Because … cats.

Every flat surface needs to be clear around the printer because my three cats will come flying in from all over the house. They are also skittish and freaked out. I don’t dare touch them during this process because they jump. TB’s first inclination is to bite me. If I go near him at all (to take papers out of the hopper, anything), I move slowly and talk quietly.

He hates watching the paper go into the printer – or loves it – or something. He will only bat at the paper a couple of times. He’s jammed the thing up with his antics before and I’m not a fan. Earl tries to crawl into the paper feed area – there just has to be something in there he can play with. Grey finally got bored with the whole about halfway through.

The next bit of excitement comes when I pull out the red pen to actually begin editing during this phase. The cats like to play with that thing that skitters across my pages as I work. No matter what pen or pencil, Earl believes its only purpose is for his entertainment and will sit beside me and attempt to chew on the end. It makes writing quite interesting.

But I adore them and will put up with most anything.


This week I am also focused on the title, cover and a vignette. These and other fun things are coming out in Friday’s newsletter! Make sure you’ve signed up HERE to receive it!

The newsletters arrive in your email inboxes on the 25th of every month. The September newsletter will announce the publication of Book 19! We’re getting close.


Max was in western Nebraska this weekend in anticipation of the Eclipse. He captured some beautiful photos. I have two to show you right now. He got home late last night and only had time to process these. More will be coming and I’ll let you know that they’re up.

The first is that beautiful diamond ring image. Isn’t it incredible that something like this is predictable? We know what to look for and the sun / moon always come through for us.

The second is just gorgeous! What wild excitement I feel when I see these images!

8 thoughts on “Editing, Cats, and Some Eclipse Pics

  1. Julie

    Diane, WOW! Thank you & Max for sharing those magnificent pictures of the eclipse! Really truly awesome!

    Love the kitties, they are so cute & precious.

    Love your stories, & love you for all the sharing you do with us!

    Thanks so very much

    1. nammynools Post author

      I can’t wait to see what he has yet to come. He spent a lot of time preparing for this event. And while he was in western Nebraska, he shot tons of photos for possible book covers. I win! Haha.

      Thank you, thank you!

  2. Laura

    Oh Diane those beautiful eclipse pictures are just magical!
    Thank you for sharing your fur babies and their antics! Sounds like my house…the printer is a fascinating thing to them!
    Have a fabulous day!

  3. Anne

    Love the eclipse pictures and look forward to seeing more. Your cat’s do make for fun times. Keep telling us about them while you edit the next book. I’m looking forward to seeing what Polly is up to.

    1. nammynools Post author

      Those babies (my cats, haha) are always entertaining. Thank goodness for them. Not only fun, but love and snuggles when I’m deep down in reading.

  4. Diane Wendt

    Oh, Diane, I wondered if you printed out the book and grabbed a red pencil to do first editing. I think it’s the only way to start making sure everything’s in its place . . . and I LOVE red pencils. They make me feel I have the power, but sometimes I’m not sure the power to do what.

    Now, if you were really a meanie, you’d put a vacuum cleaner next to the printer and turn it on when the cats got too close . . . wonder how long it would take for them to forgive you.

    I have to thank you for so many things. Polly and Bellingwood always make me smile and feel good. You turned me on to your brother’s wonderful books and the world of Loose Nuts, and now you’re posting more of your talented husband’s awesome photos. I’m so glad you are willing to share the men in your life!

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