Amy Lane’s Editing Coma

To read an Amy Lane novel is to immerse yourself in that world. The characters are almost too real, making the reader react and feel as if they were the ones experiencing such joy or heartbreak instead of a set of fictional characters. Her stories are about life, and as a result, they are always a journey worth taking.

Here she is to share a little about her own life as she balances reality with fiction.


Things That Don’t Happen In An Editing Coma

I’d like to say nothing happened to me worth writing about for Mantastic Fiction today, but that’s not entirely the truth. The whole truth was that I was in an editing coma all weekend. Now some of you know what I’m talking about—when you start reading your own work in order to improve it, and your head gets stuck so far up your own keester that about the only thing you can see is what’s for lunch? (Or breakfast, or dinner, or snack, or second breakfasts or…) So this weekend I had not one but two full length projects to edit, right in a row. One of them was my own pass before submission, and the other was an in depth editing pass for a project coming out in October, and I was actually in a good position to do my job! Mate was gone for the weekend, my older daughter was with him, and, hey! I could stay up to all hours of the night getting my work done, right?

Okay. Just because your BRAIN stops because you’re immersed in a project, does NOT mean the WORLD stops with it.

So I can say that “nothing happened”, but I would be ignoring some obvious truths. Here are some examples of things that did NOT happen when I was in an editing coma this weekend.

  • I did NOT stress eat my way through 4 lbs. of trail mix because it was within reaching distance of my office chair.
  • My kitchen table did NOT turn into this:
  • My oldest son and I did NOT spend an hour playing a surreal game of “What the hell is that smell!”
  • My cat did NOT terrorize birds, rodents, and houseplants in the back yard while my daughter’s cat laughed at her.
  • My cat also did NOT just jump in my lap, leave her favorite pet fleas, and jump off.
  • My dog did NOT con my kids out of their dinner. Twice.
  • I did NOT accidentally space my 8yo son’s ACTUAL dance lesson time and force him to dance with the three year olds just because we were there.
  • My laundry did NOT need a rinse because I got to it late and the aroma quality scale had passed “funny” and moved on to “funky.”
  • I did NOT let my one and only break from editing turn into a marathon session of patching my kids’ stuffed animals with sock yarn and a small tapestry needle because I was too lazy to find thread.
  • I did NOT allow my parents to feed us all a hot dog and a single slice of watermelon and call it dinner.
  • I did NOT try to win a Words With Friends game with “Z-E-D-I-F-R”
  • I did NOT try to shoot for two with a piece of trash and then ask my youngest to pick that up on her way to feed my cat.
  • I did NOT spend two minutes last night playing “smack the hand” with my youngest child IN MY SLEEP when she was trying to wake mommy up because she wet the bed. (She thought I was playing. I thought I was beating off zombies. I let her think I was playing, although for five minutes while we were cleaning her up, I couldn’t remember where the zombies went.)
  • I did NOT spend five minutes this morning squishing away the extra weight and trying to align my actual human nipples with the figurative nipples on my bra.
  • I did NOT allow my son to bring some toys to play with at gymnastics and end up with a twenty-stuffed-animal zoo organized by family, genus, and species.
  • I did NOT go to sleep and dream about the characters from my contemporary book inhabiting the world of the characters from my steampunk book, and having all sorts of interesting things to say about that.

Okay—I’m going to have to admit it. That LAST one really didn’t happen—but all things considered, I wish it really did. All of that other stuff that my brain THINKS didn’t happen, is all ready to avalanche on my head…

You know. Just as soon as I finish this next edit.

You can find more of Amy Lane:

And here is a very cute webcomic created by Amy’s daughter that is pretty awesome: The Author’s Daughter

Amy is offering up an e-book from her backlist. To enter, comment below about what “doesn’t ;-)” happen when you get really busy.

Open until Thursday, August 23rd at 11:59 pm (PST). Winner will be randomly chosen and notified on Friday.

Amy has added a print copy of Sidecar to our GRL Reading Challenge Grand Prize. Remember to post your list for your chance to enter.


17 thoughts on “Amy Lane’s Editing Coma

  1. Tina August 21, 2012 / 4:02 pm

    When I get really busy (ei: reading) dinner absolutely does not get either overor under cooked!

  2. mmcalmes August 21, 2012 / 4:07 pm

    I am not entering the contest because I own every book in Amy Lane’s backlist. But that post is freaking hysterical and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  3. Suze August 21, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    My housework “doesnt” happen quite often (i’m expert at the 10 minute clear up!), especially if I’ve got a good book on the go

  4. Nico Jaye August 21, 2012 / 4:21 pm

    When I get really busy, I do NOT end up eating string cheese, oranges, and/or ice cream as a meal. 😀

  5. Andrea August 21, 2012 / 4:48 pm

    I absolutely NEVER dress the kids in clean clothes after bath time and then send them to bed just because I don’t want to deal with it in the morning.

  6. Vicktor "Vic" Alexander August 21, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    LOL. Amy it sounds like a lot of stuff DID NOT happen to you while you were in your editing coma. In the end I’m sure it will all be worth it as your books are always fabulous, editing comas and all.

  7. jaimesamms August 21, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    I never, ever emerge from a writing/editing blitz, look around the house, throw up my hands in despaire and go to the movie theater so I don’t have to see it.

  8. Jan August 21, 2012 / 5:57 pm

    Thank you, Amy, I needed that. It has not been too good of a work week and I need a good laugh. And you gave it to me in spades! I should have tried that zombie one…lol


  9. melaniem August 21, 2012 / 7:09 pm

    When I get really busy I did not forget that I placed the hamburger meat, on its way from refrigerator to stove side,on the edge of the table and sit back at the computer. And I did not forget that Kirby, third smartest dog, is still tall and smart enough to reach it. And I did not end of eating pickles out of a jar for dinner because nothing else was thawed out.

    Loved and empathized with your list.

  10. Tawny August 21, 2012 / 10:48 pm

    You know if you’d tried B-E-N-I-F-R instead, you might have actually had a chance. 😀 You editing coma sounds so like my fiber coma. Get me started on working with my alpaca fleece and I’m am so oblivious, I one time flicked a fleece clean and never notice I had covered my sweetie dog that was sitting/sleeping next to me at my feet, with all the dirt and bits of hay and short fluff. Gave him a rather strange cinnamon and powdered donut effect.

  11. amy lane August 21, 2012 / 11:46 pm

    LOL– I love that all of you guys DON’T have the same sort of comas that I do!

  12. Nae August 22, 2012 / 1:01 am

    That post is hysertical. I love it! but WTF is “Z-E-D-I-F-R”?
    I definitly don’t have the same problem as you Amy and leave the washing in the machine until is gets funky. I also don’t look at the housework I need to do and then go shopping 🙂

  13. Giselle August 22, 2012 / 7:47 am

    If I’m really busy the worst thing to happen is that I can’t get back to my book!!!

  14. Trix August 22, 2012 / 11:53 pm

    I don’t play Bejeweled 2 until my right wrist cranks like a cement mixer. I don’t start baking cookies or brownies for no reason, or start watching old Muppet Show DVDs…

  15. Joan August 23, 2012 / 7:28 am

    LOL, great post. I’ve heard about a writer’s block, but an editing coma is a new syndrome for me 🙂

  16. Jbst August 23, 2012 / 2:42 pm

    When I’m too busy, it doesn’t happen where I eat cereal and milk for dinner. Thanks for the give-way!

  17. mantasticfiction August 24, 2012 / 11:07 am

    Congratulations Jbst … you won! I will be contacting you directly about claiming your prize.

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