Drove into town after that, and had lunch with Jane at the really good noodle house across from her office in the city. These guys pimp themselves as having the best Japanese curry in town, and I am disinclined to argue with them.
The afternoon was given over to a couple of hours investigating LA Noire, which, like the curry, trended awesome. Planning to write me a big essay about that for next Monday's Geek.
Had to keep an eye on the blog through the day, of course, but also managed to fit in a little bit of reading. Beeso might be interested to know that I'm still doing my daytime reading on my Kindle, rather than the iPad. You just can't beat that E ink screen.
End of the day, I had a scheduled call with my copy editor, to discuss some timeline issues in the manuscript. Three hours later, we'd sorted those out. It was kind of grueling, and yet fascinating at the same time. One of the things about the writing gig, it's lonesome. You spend all of your productive time not just on your own, but removed from the immediate world around you, living inside your head with imaginary friends. Unless someone is along with you for the ride, there's no debriefing at the end of the day, there's no talking things over. Every now and then Murph and I will get on Skype and talk through some research issues, or character arcs, but for the most part I work on my own. It was great fun then to be able to discuss the characters and their stories with Jon Gibbs my copy editor. It took three hours because we discovered a problem with the timeline that needed some major restructuring of the manuscript. It wasn't so much a matter of having to do massive rewrites, but of having to reimagine the way the story played out and moving great tectonic slabs of text around to reflect that.
I normally dread the return of copy edits because I'm so stale by that point the book feels like a massive dead weight inside my head. But after last night's conversation it's almost as though I'm dealing with a new story. I probably won't see Jon's edit until next week, however. So until then I intend to take it easy. Faffing around with my blogs, writing the odd restaurant review, and getting in some exercise to repair my deadline damage, which was considerable.
On that note, you'll excuse me for three hours, I have some weights and cardio to smash out.