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Proof-Reading Ghosts of Glory High (and splitting headaches)

2022-03-21

The ol' Ghosts of Glory High is still in the proof-reading stage. I am wading through chapter five at the moment. The first four chapters have been completely ridiculous to analyze and re-work. And, the fifth is no exception. I expect this trend to continue during the sixth chapter. The seventh was the first section I carefully re-crafted (during the writing process). And, I expect it to be just fine (pretty much). And of course, the eighth, ninth, and tenth chapters were developed under the same strict guidelines I used to re-create chapter seven (including a preset maximum for sentence length, knowledge about rejecting unnecessary elemental words (but also, when to employ them), re-wording repetitive language, etc). So, I anticipate everything will be hunky dory once I complete chapter six. At that point, I plan to restart reading the book from the beginning. And, I assume I will be able to just burn right through it and finish it up.

I was not expecting the first six sections of Ghosts of Glory High to be so devastatingly difficult to proof-read. I knew I would come across some shit that I didn't like (because at that time, I had not fully developed the technique I envisioned). But, I underestimated the severity of the problem. The more I read, the more I am reminded of re-working the seventh chapter (during the writing procedure). And (basically), I am re-wording every single sentence. And, some sentences are being scrapped entirely. I feel like things are that bad (mainly-- difficult for a reader to properly comprehend). Once the first six monstrosities are remanufactured using my "official" approach (lol), I am confident the project will become the powerful work of art I intended it to be.

It's difficult to explain. If you didn't personally poke through the seventh chapter of my book (and extensively re-write hapless stupidity meticulously crafted over the course of several months), then you simply will not understand. Perhaps once I've finally completed the project, I will publish some of the original material I came up with. It is somewhat interesting to analyze (from an academic point of view). Unfortunately-- it is mortifying to read. And, literature should not be conducted in this manner. The process of writing the first seven chapters of Ghosts of Glory High did (ultimately) result in a writing style that is both visually stimulating and enjoyable to read. Understanding the roots of this technique requires analysis of the insanity I employed in order to refine it. And, the amount of work I've put into this project-- if only *every* author was as dedicated to entertaining people as my efforts demonstrate.

I am still constructing a new, new cover too. I finished drawing the ridiculously intricate image I designed (wait until you see *this* crazy, fuckin' thing). But, I wasn't sure I wanted to color it with Crayola pencils. And, I poked around the commie-net. And, I was reminded-- they make colored pencils that are oil based. Those types of pigment scribes contain clay and some sort of mineral to produce color. But, the majority of colored pencils are (stupidly) mixed with wax (in order to enable them to glide across paper smoothly). Most so called artists who use colored pencils like to "blend" colors (as they strangely call it). And (according to *those* pigment mashers), the wax pencils work best for that. Oil based pencils require employing-- you know, an actual technique. lol. Like cross-hatching, scribbling, or striping. You know-- actual artistic techniques for dry media. And since that's the way I naturally draw anyway, I thought "Why not give oil based pencils a chance?"

And so, I am trying out Marco Raffine colored pencils. And I gotta tell ya, I really like them. As an artist who spent every semester in art classes during middle and high school, I've used every type of dry artist tool you can name (whether it's crayons, colored pencils, chalk, pastel, or something else). Honestly, I don't understand why every single colored pencil isn't manufactured with an oil base like these. I mean, people might have to learn *an actual art technique* in order to make use of them. But, hell-- that sounds like a personal problem to me. I believe some time this week, I'll finish the cover for Ghosts of Glory High using these here Marco Raffine pencils. And, it will be more like the drawing that my project actually deserves. My previous attempts just-- don't compliment the literary work I am producing (in my opinion). Stay tuned-- I anticipate having the book ready for your casual amusement around the middle of April.

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