Notes from the Revision Cave

Last night, my elbow started twittering, so I quit my writing session about 15 minutes in. The heartache! However, I managed to get this great sequence into Hulk Hercules before shucking out.

“Hera is coming over. To talk, she said.”

Hephaustus whistled low. “I don’t want to be anywhere near that.”

“She’s calmed down a lot over the years.”

Hephaustus flung back the box lid and grabbed a jumbo piece of pepperoni.

“Sure. And Aphrodite and I are getting back together.”


It’s now 8:11 am. I’m at Coffee Talk waiting for a 3:15 osteopath appointment. (Arm girl doesn’t drive, so a friend will take her to said osteopath when friend is finished with work at said Coffee Talk at 2ish). And I’ve had a reasonable night of sleep for someone with a head cold and a bum elbow, so carpe-frikkin’-diem! I’m working like gangbusters on the books!


And now, it’s 9:42 am, and I’m done with the Hulk Hercules tasks for the day. I’ve revised the Hera scene, and added the first two drafts of a Tony in science class scene, and a Bianca perspective scene, both of which I will revise next session, along with the wrestler potluck scene. My work count is current 39, 431, and the scene counter looks like this:

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8 / 37

The highlight of the Hercules’ day was learning about swamp gas for a much, much later scene, and integrating it earlier here.


Onto Substance, I finished today’s revision today at 10:30. I’ve finished the first part of the book, and I’m ready to revise into the Esme’s trial part. I’ve whacked out a lot of deadwood, but I’ve replaced a couple of scenes with older ones. The overall effect is that Errol seems more genuine, and I think the characters seem less arch than they did.

In the next section, I broaden out Milo’s role more, and work on developing those interiors. I’m feeling pretty good. Word count has increased to 72, 783, and as you can see below, we are close to having revised a third.

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105 / 386

And that’s it for today. See you tomorrow!


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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