I tried to tell someone the other day that there is a Regency Pixie in my computer, messing with my novel. They looked at me puzzled and said “I have no idea what you are talking about”. So I felt this would be a good place to explain.
First, I wrote a novel called “The Virtuous Viscount” and it takes place in Regency England (early 1800’s). It could be called a Historical Novel or Regency Romance (except it’s technically too long for the latter designation and does contain quite a bit of action).
I wrote it and then went to do a re-write. It’s part of the process of writing a novel. Then I went back again to do another re-write and found that things I had changed the first time – were not changed after all! I do save on a regular basis and I back up my novel. So something odd happened between my re-write and coming back to my work.
I have had my proof-reader/editors/ friends combing through the last revision and I was ready to prepare some work to send to a potential agent last week. I found that this time, the first chapter was rearranged. Paragraphs were out of sequence. It totally did not make any sense! I’m glad I read it before just cutting and pasting to send for consideration! My back up copy however – was untouched. Weird.
Hence, my “Regency Pixie” at work. Not sure why she is determined to undermine or sabotage my writing efforts and I do find it frustrating and time consuming to clean up after her mess. I would be far happier if she picked up train tracks in my living room, washed my dishes or perhaps swept the kitchen floor. Far more useful role for a fairy, don’t you think?
Now, I don’t really believe in fairies. But I am a fiction writer and while I write historical and contemporary fiction, there does come a time when the imaginary has to come into play. No less so in real life. Maybe it’s just a coping mechanism. Maybe it’s just a way for me to relax and laugh at some weird technology thing that seems to do this to my document. I don’t know – but it’s far more fun to blame it on my pixie than myself (I have no idea how I would have done what has happened there in that novel – totally beyond me!?). So I explain the unexplainable with a make-believe character to help describe a very real issue I face as an author.
Got it now? By the way, if you meet up with my Regency Pixie, tell her that I have some work she can do in cleaning up my bathroom.