OH THE PAIN! OH THE HORROR!

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The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the same as the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. ~ Mark Twain

The simpler you say it, the more eloquent it is. ~ August Wilson

Editing. The arduous and grueling job of the creator of universes and worlds and everything in between. That which exists only on the pages we type and in the expansive imaginations of writer and reader alike, trembles as a calf at the smell of blood on the slaughterhouse floor.

The killing blades are sharpened.

The edge of the butcher’s knife is honed.

Gloves are donned.

Leather aprons acquired to catch the splatter of blood.

The author and book alike are dragged by a yoke around the necks onto the killing floor…

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Why do we pretend editing is so grueling and horrible and horrendous and adverb and adverb…? Why do we, writers as a whole, create blog entry after blog entry, tweet upon tweet, espousing the horrors of editing a book? Why do we claim the first draft is supposed to be a pile of words so inarticulate a two-year old would turn their nose up at it as if a pile of vomit?

Do we writers do this in attempts to make the writing life appear as grueling as a Triple Ironman? So the unknowing public can look at us and think “There is one insane sadistic sonuvabitch. Wrote a story, now he/she is onto editing. No thank you.”

Possibly we frame our thoughts on editing because we like to think it is that way. We don’t want to allow ourselves to think the 100,000 words we wrote, chopped down to 20,000 words, and brought back up to 80,000 words is an entirely new book. Rather we tell ourselves, this is editing. It’s the same basic idea, so it cannot be a new book, it must be the same book only edited.

Why not say it for what it is; so easy I can make comments on my story using a Kindle phone app which I then look at while editing my book. Yes, that is what I use the Kindle app on my phone for.

So, yes. If you write a first draft so awful, so cringe inducing, to look at it is to hold your hand to a flame; maybe you are not editing the book. Perhaps when you chop it to pieces as gleefully as a pig burrowing through soil for truffles, you are writing a new novel that needs only a few minor cosmetic changes.

Editing isn’t horrible. Editing is taking tarnished silver, dunking it into a bucket of CLR, and then pulling it out to reveal something shiny. Not new, still the same, just better.

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Come experience the Saga – Android Hunters (Book 1 of The Corli Saga)

Android Hunters is for sale right now on Amazon Kindle!

The print edition is a WIP, due to the time it takes to review and proof for printing. But Amazon Kindle has an app on iPhones, Android phones, Windows Phones, Windows computers, Mac computers, and a Kindle Cloud Reader for Linux and Chromebooks; in the chance you do not have an Amazon Kindle ereader or Kindle Fire.

Feel free to buy a ebook version and then a print version when it’s available. I won’t mind.

The direct link is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q3B5NCU

Release day – Update

Android Hunter

Android Hunter – Book 1 in The Corli Saga.
Written by (me) Jonathan Bergeron

*It came out a day early! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q3B5NCU

This Tuesday, the 25th of November, Android Hunters is being released on Amazon! This is so exciting. It’s surreal to be honest. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that someone loves my novel so much that they are going to publish it! I think it’s a great book, but that’s just me, I’m probably biased. But someone else (Ethan Ellenberg), a person who was a total stranger before February of this year, read the book and loved it, so much so that he is going to publish it. Oh my God it’s so exciting.

Hooray me! 🙂

I’ll be putting up a direct link once it finally goes live on Amazon.

 

Android Hunters (my book!)

Android Hunter

Android Hunter – Book 1 in The Corli Saga.
Written by (me) Jonathan Bergeron

Eighty one years ago androids broke free of the bonds humans had over them, massacred a planet, and became the most hated beings in all of creation. For the eighty years following, the elite four person teams of Android Intelligence and Removal Specialists (AIRS) have hunted down the androids, showing no mercy.

On Elysian, eighty years after the first android hunters team was sent on the first hunt, AIRS Team 4 is involved in another hunt for one of the androids. Nearing the end of the hunt, with the android trapped, the hunters, themselves, find out what it is like to be trapped.

In a closed down mine two hundred kilometers away, a unique android, Corli, is captured by a group led by a disgraced android hunter, and imprisoned with no knowledge of why they want her.

The tables turned, AIRS Team 4 is trapped and hunted by an android changed at the molecular level by a cybernetic alien race bent on destroying humanity. Attempting to find a way off of Elysian and to their warship that is being changed by the same cybernetic race, the android hunters learn what it is like being on the other end of the gun.

Deep in the closed down mine Corli, an android raised by one of her creators to be as peaceful as the saints, in order for what she is to be hidden even to her, is beaten and abused in hopes of breaking down the mental blocks that prevent her from knowing her true potential. Those hopes are realized, but in a way unexpected by those who captured her.

As Corli’s mental blocks crumble and her true nature is slowly revealed. With time running short and patience wearing thin, the android hunters and the most powerful weapon ever devised, learn what it is to fear. Fear that of which they have become and that of which they will become.

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Out soon, soon, SOON! I will definitely update once I learn the concrete release date.