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I’ve found the best way to revise your own work
is to pretend that somebody else wrote it
and then to rip the living shit out of it. Don Roff

The revision of So Absurd It Must Be True is done. Yesterday I sent the book to the proofreader. Book 2 consists of 23 short stories only, but they are longer. I believe the paperback should be 200-210 pages. I have nine more stories, but I decided it would be best if I’d spare them for Book 3 (next year). 

Sharing the latest review – 42 Degrees of Truth (Unicorn, book 1). You can find it here –

I just finished My GRL by John W. Howell (thriller) – absolutely remarkable, entertaining read! I’m planning to post the review this weekend. 

I also became a member of The English BookClub (in Uppsala) – insiders selections and Bonnier’s bookclub (with a focus on Swedish authors only). 

Got the Grammarly. Now, if you find a mistake – blame IT. 😂

What else? I’m going to spend June by working on The Secrets of A-Ria, and reading – reviewing books. 

Any book without a mistake in it has had too much money spent on it. William Collins


Next post – “Shame-less” by Nadia Bolz-Weber #takeawaykeys


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30 Responses

  1. Wonderful Victoria. Looking forward to reading your next book.

  2. Sorryless says:

    Love the quote, love your review and love your stick to it-iveness. Keep kicking ass, RNB.

  3. So glad you lked My GRL. I’m looking forward to see what you think. Good idea to blame Grammarly. I lie the quote “If you find a book without a mistake tooo much money has been spent on it.” 😂

  4. Congratulations on finishing your book. I’ll look forward to it. I’ll check out My Girl, I do like a good thriller 😉 I have been using Grammarly this week and liked it. Apart from when I purposely left 2 full stops out which it missed 😉😉

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Haha my Grammarly is missing a lot too, but I think it will do only good to me, bcz my first language isn’t English. My GRL is a cool read 🙂 the hero is a lawyer & a bit messy (in the middle of the murder investigation & terrorist attack). Beautiful scenery + lots of boats 🙂

      & thank you!

  5. Appreciate the short catch up, Victoria – all the best. Eric.

  6. librepaley says:

    Congratulations on your latest publication, and on the review, too. And that’s good advice from Roff – rereading one’s own text can be so cringey!

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Yes, after a while I don’t see/ understand what I’m reading … 😂 so I just want to cut it all off & say good bye to all my heroes.

  7. Joseph Wicke says:

    Woot Woot! Congratulations! I use Grammarly too. I really like it, but sometimes it pisses me off.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Yeah… grammarly is a bit “moody” :)) but with my level of English gram – helpful 😂😂

  8. Wonderful news on another book nearly ready. Your writing energy levels are off the scale. Really looking forward to reading it.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      thank you! It will be here in June. 🕺🕺📚🙃

  9. InspiresN says:

    The quote is funny and true . Great to hear the news and congrats!

  10. Simon says:

    Keep up the writing, it sound like you’re always on fire in a writing way lol

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Haha thanks, no…today I only worked on synopsis (700 words 🙃 of hell). But … yesterday I typed over 2000 words. I do a lot of variations 🙂

      • Simon says:

        2000 words is pretty good for a day. I’ve heard that the synopsis isn’t a fun thing to write…

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        I don’t write every day 🙂 so anything between 1-4K is good. 😅 synopsis is not that difficult but I had to write only 1 page (as required) …& 56-60k novel in 1 page (mmm, 700 words?) – had to choose what to put there 😂

      • Simon says:

        Hmm I can see what the issue with the synopsis is. I don’t think there’s an easy way around it. 😂

  11. alexraphael says:

    Don Roff is right!

  12. markbierman says:

    Loved the quote by Don Roff. You’ve been busy! All the best!

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      thank you ☕️📚 yes, i have to publish my absurd book #2 this june, busy time.. 🙀😫

  13. One key to revising is to leave the work alone for a while and then come back to it with fresh eyes. I gave up on poetry for 10 years, and now I’m going back and rewriting many of my old poems.

    I’ve also discovered I wasn’t a very good poet 10 years ago.

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