Evelyn Chartres Author

The Ethereal Nights Review

Ethereal Nights has been revised and updated on both Google Docs and Wattpad.  This is the first major revision of this chapter since The Grand has been consolidated for an overall review.  The Google Docs version allows for both comments and change proposals so readers are encouraged to use these capabilities.

The Grand is a Gothic Horror novel using a Grand Hotel as a backdrop during the Roaring Twenties focusing on victims of the hotel’s guests.  Ever wondered what happens in a hotel catering to Things That Go Bump in the Night?

Creating the Cheshire Cat’s Grin

Upon doing a review of Ethereal Nights, I decided to split the story into two chapters.   Part of Ethereal Nights was designed to precede the chapter, but at the time I felt it would ruin the surprise.

By moving the troublesome story to The Cheshire Cat’s Grin I hope it will be better placed within the overall work.  A review has been done on the remaining chapter elements to keep the surprise intact.

While the above links are for Google Docs, you may also access these chapters through Wattpad.

Enjoy!

Slow and Steady

For the past several months, I have been doing an initial review of The Grand.  It has been a long process, marred by delays as other projects and commitments crop up.  Tonight, I managed to complete my review of The Van Helsing Paradox, available on Wattpad and brings my overall review completion to 71% of the manuscript.

This chapter like the novel strays from the style used in The Portrait.  In my previous work chapters were small.  Designed to be quick reads, chapters within The Portrait are on average 3 pages of single-spaced writing.

The Van Helsing Paradox stands alone as 16% of the overall manuscript and is made up of over 10,000 words.  This chapter also features a lot of dialogue, which was not prevalent in The Portrait.

The review process has remained the same.   For now, I have 2907 separate corrections applied to the manuscript.  These vary in scope and includes single word changes, to spacing corrections and the addition of new paragraphs.

In other words, there are 41 modifications done for each percent or 1.5 pages.  This seems like a lot, but this improves dramatically when I do my second review, followed by a third and so on.  I follow an iterative review process then introduce a pause to gain a change in perspective.

Stay tuned!  There are still 3 chapters and a lexicon left.