The kitchen is coming today! I am so amped about it, I just wish I had the time (and extra hands) to get the work done sooner rather than later – there is still a lot to get done. Most of it will have to wait until next pay (mid september), but the next few days will see the new laundry area coming to completion and it will be so exciting not to have the washing machine and dryer in the kitchen.
Anyways… I got back into the editing yesterday and it felt really good. Only 7 chapters to go! Though I still have a few things that I need to go back and add, I don’t think that’s going to take too long and I can easily do it when I read it aloud, which will be the next step. Several good writer friends have recommended this, so I am going to give it a go.
I realized that I could do endless revision. I could keep editing, keep sending it out to people to get more feedback to edit again and again, but I don’t want to do that. I’m not going to. This is the last lot of edits I am going to do, and then I’m going to submit the beast and move on. I’ve put in a lot of hard work, it’s a good story that a heap of people have enjoyed. I’ve had fun with it, learned so much on it, and it’s getting near time to be finished. And I’m totally at peace with that. If it gets published, awesome. If it doesn’t, then that’s no biggie, I have four other novels sitting around waiting for me to get back to them, a trilogy that needs finishing, several other novels waiting to be written… endless things to write. I love this novel, but it’s not the only novel in me, and in this business you can’t pin your hopes on one story, that would be insanity.
So seven days from now, I should be done with the chapters, then I will read it aloud and hopefully get through more than one chapter a day (I’ve been cruising a bit, despite it being hard to find time, I think I could squeeze more out of my day). And then I’m calling it done and will pick my next project while I do some research for submitting Lifelines.
I feel really good about where I am at, and so positive. I love telling stories, and it’s wonderful when people enjoy those stories – which means I’ve gotten a lot out of this already, anything else is a beautiful bonus.