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Where Taniel is Made

Hello people, this is where it happens. Internet and paper-based work at the front and story writing at the back, by the window.

Over the last year or so,  I’ve been lucky to get two great ‘as new’ desks from eBay for a fraction of their worth. My old Toshiba laptop and the Compaq PC are also from eBay.  Each Christmas, I get something brand new – the wide flat screen monitor (on the back desk), the 24-hour office chair, my little Samsung tablet, the dragons.

When I wheel my office chair between desks I have to watch out for Vika. She is 14 now and is a silky terrier, Maltese terrier, Shih Tzu cross.


I love my electronics. I hate throwing dead ones out. I have crashed computers that I reckon I’ll get the files from one day. I have my previous hard drive in an external holder for when I need to get an old file or image. Goodness knows what is in my other older PCs besides the ton of family history documents and images. Can’t be much, really, considering they have less memory than my first mobile phone.

the final line revision

As to Taniel: A Corrangorach Fantasy, I’m still transferring the line edit to the Scrivener file.

I’ve moved sentences around and I’ve chopped words, phrases and sentences. The manuscript sits just under 84,000 words. I’ll try to speed things up by sticking to the changes I’ve made on the printout.  Else, at the rate it took me to do Chapter One, it will take the rest of the year! And none of us want that.

This was only supposed to be picking up typos and formatting errors – not a complete rewrite. That’s why I reckoned it would only take a week or two.

So, my current process: open the file in Scrivener, copy and paste it to Wordpad file for reading – because I can’t find the exact Scrivener scene file.  Then, using the free yRead from Spacejock Software, I have Microsoft Sam read the scene to me. If the word flow doesn’t feel right, I make the changes in Scrivener.  I check the new version in Word for grammar and sentence spacing and if I make changes, I have Sam read it again.

a sample of my daily desktop screen

Repeat process until I can say damn that’s good.

I’m spending a ridiculous amount of time on this, but the story clarity and flow is much improved. I’m also getting faster as Microsoft Sam become easier on the ear.

I’m excited to be putting this novel out into the world and I’ve already started updating the scenes on Wattpad. The Kindle release? I’ve vowed never to make another firm release date until the revision process is complete.

I can blame my ignorance for that first deadline failure at Amazon. Another would be just plain stupid! One huge advantage of this whole process is that I’ve learned to put in the work. To paraphrase Julia Cameron in The Artists Way – I’m showing up at the page every day.

I’m happy to be sharing my journey with you. Thanks for reading.

(PS – I have no affiliation with any of the products I’ve mentioned in this post)


I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

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