Commas are my Kryptonite: Oh boy they are

“Commas are my Kryptonite.”

I said this to my friend Gina one day. She laughed because she understood what that meant. She feels there is no such thing as too many commas, even when there is no need for them to be there. I am of the theory the less, the better, often leaving out spots where I should place a comma.

I am not a fan of commas. They serve their purpose, one of which is to irritate me when I need to figure out how to get it right in placement. But that is why I have an editor. She is worth her weight in gold to the commaless person who can not be bothered to learn where to put them.

What else is my Kryptonite now that I am thinking about it? I have issues with the word then compared to then and figuring how to use effect or affect.

Though, in fairness, I am getting there. I have gotten better as my editor has sent me edits over the years. See, even I can learn. I am sure there are other rules of grammar that are not coming to mind. Thanks to my editor, I can stick to writing.

What are your Kryptonites in writing or with the whole process of writing and having your manuscript published?

When does a series of a book end?

If you have written an ongoing series, when do you know it is time to end it?

I love reading series that make me wish they never will end. Eventually, it does. Then you have the series that makes you wonder how it should have stopped a volume or two ago.

My children’s series, at this moment, has three volumes, with the fourth one with my editor. My series, a true-life comedy, is a stand-alone book, but volume two is in its final edits with my editor. I have notes to write about half of another volume.

I am wondering if it is time to finish either series. But primarily, the series is geared toward children. Have I run out of ideas? Is there more to this series?

When a series goes on too long, it sours me on that series and sometimes the author.

Do I still have ideas for the fifth volume of my series? What else can I talk about that my fans and readers will want to read where this series concerns?

The concept comes from my Amazon parrot, Jasper, and his personality and our interaction. We rescued him in 1999 at the age of five. He has given me plenty of things to write on. It brings to the front children the problems and crises that are going on in the Amazon rainforest. I have discussed a few of these. My latest volume describes the poaching industry.

Researching online for other issues this precious resource has is something I need to dive into to see if there is another that I can wrap a story around. If I do find such a topic, I still need to take a step back and think if I should continue.

My other projects are rooting for me to stop so I can work on them. Besides being an author that writes for children, and a comedy writer, I have a drama, mystery, and a few other genres WIP waiting to see the day of light.

It tugs at me which route to go. I will need to ponder on this.

Waiting for edits: Not always easy

Waiting can be so incredibly hard.

I am waiting for my editor to work on two of my manuscripts. One is in its last edit off to the publishers. The other one is just in the first round of edits, so I have some time to get that one into shape.

So, while I wait, what to do?

I could start another project, work on my social platform, or any other avenue. Or, I can waste time and not do any of that, which is what I have been doing. Life always gives us things to do.

I have been working at the house by cleaning, cooking, and taking care of errands.

But now it’s time to sit down and decide if I work on volume five of my children’s series, volume two of my humor series, or finally get to work on a project I just have not given enough time. I don’t know to be honest.

As authors, we tend to have more than one project. I have more than I will be able to complete and get published. The ideas just run rampant in this noggin of mine. That can be good and not so good.

I need to reorganize my office of WIPs I have, supplies, research, and maybe something will inspire me to work on while I wait.

And because life has a sense of humor, I will probably hear from my editor, and that is where my direction will head before I make any headway.

The Musings of A New Englander