The Wrong Story

By James Ellis

A cartoonist awakes to find his characters' lives more real than his own

Monday, 1 August 2016


Hello Pledgosaurs - things are moving on. I have received feedback from my Unbound editor and it's  very thorough. She was hugely encouraging and thinks a light edit is all that's required. After that, she'll review it again and then it goes to the copy-editor (which is good news because I have a tendency to over-hyphenate and use parentheses too much). I think the manuscript will be in the hands of the copy-editor by the end of August.

I have a job and a responsibility to those who pay me so I'll do my editing in the evenings and before work... except that things have been hectic recently and for the past couple of weeks I have been a full-on hospital visitor. Fortunately, the wee small hours are every writer's friend and the sun rises early in summer - as shall I (that was dash, by the way, not a hyphen. Oh darn, this is another parenthesis).

I think there is some synchronicity in play here. The work assignment I have at the moment is writing a proposal. That's good, because it will keep me in a writerly frame of mind and I won't need the same ramp-down/ramp-up time that I would If I were switching from spreadsheets to prose.

Also, visiting the hospital has allowed me to observe first hand how the A&E process works and how the follow-up procedures on a recovery ward operate. That's good too (from a book perspective, at least (see what I mean about these parentheses? I'm nesting them now)), because a couple of the early chapters in The Wrong Story are set in a hospital recovery ward. So when I send back the edits to Unbound I can make those scenes even more authentic.

Okay, maybe synchronicity is stretching it a bit, but I need something to keep me going. I've just looked up the sunrise times for August.

Oh dear. I'll let you know how it goes.

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