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Bad Apple Kristi Petersen Schoonover 1

This stack of drafts was in a copy box in my basement. The novel was edited/revised seven times. One of the drafts is missing because I bound and gave it away to a reader.

One of the toughest things about being a writer is getting rid of clutter. While it’s a given we need our project materials, as well as the things that inspire us (anyone remember that picture of Ray Bradbury’s office?), there’s more: old projects and stacks of drafts.

While it’s gotten much easier since the age of electronic documents (I can keep drafts in a compact form now), there are still times when paper accumulates…and forget about years ago, when everything was done on paper. My most recent project has been to take paper drafts of stories, scan them into PDFs, and store them that way.

Bad Apple took two years to write and revise, then another two years of polish once the novel was sold to Dark Alley Press. What resulted were seven giant drafts peppered with notes and Post-It flags, wine and coffee stains. A few years back I took one of the early drafts, bound it, and gave it to a reader as a gift–but other than that, they were all there.

Scanning these all to PDF, I felt, was going to be a waste of time and energy–am I ever going to look at these again?Who is going to give a crap, anyway? So…I made a deal with myself. I photographed the pile. Just so I’d always have it to remember.

Then off to the shredder it went.

Bad Apple was published by Dark Alley Press in 2012. You can get your copy here: http://a.co/htRbr9v

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BAD APPLE (S), TAROT AND MORE ON P.M. LITES

I was a guest on ParaRock TV’s P.M. Lites with Dawn Short on Monday, and we had a great time covering a wide range of topics—plans for my upcoming horror novel, Bad Apple, due out in 2012 and the New England Horror Writers Association; on a paranormal note, the joys of being a sensitive, Tarot card trials and much, much more! You can listen/watch it here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/19113195

BAD APPLE, SCARY SCRIBES, AND SENSITIVES…I’LL BE ON PARAROCK TV’S PM LITES TONIGHT AT 9 P.M. ET!

After just having finished a rockin’ Very Paranormal, Eh? Christmas Special, I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be talking with Dawn Short on ParaRock TV’s P.M. Lites tonight at 9 p.m. ET! We’ll be discussing my new novel Bad Apple, my new podcast, Scary Scribes, which debuts on the Paranormal, Eh? Radio Network in January 2012, sensitives, and a whole lot more!

You can tune in and listen live at http://www.pararocktv.com. If you miss it, the show’ll be archived, so stay tuned for links!

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