It’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned the manuscript. Were you wondering what’s up with it?
Well, at the end of February I sent it out to a few friends who volunteered to be beta readers.
While they were reading, I put the manuscript away and moved on to other things. I felt so done with it, I really didn’t care if I never looked at it again.
But time passed and comments started trickling in, and the enthusiasm was so contagious that I felt ready to pull it out again and tackle the polishing.
I printed out the novel and have just finished reading it from start to finish with the handy red pen that my writing partner Holly sent. And because I literally haven’t looked at it for about six weeks, my eyes are fresh, which allowed me to catch a few things I hadn’t been able to see when I was deep in the throes of creation.
Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve actually read it as a “real” book. Just between me and you, Vi, it was an incredible experience. I felt…in serious awe of myself. I wrote a book! And it’s damned good!
Oh boy, you’ve no idea how hard it was to say that, having grown up in a serious never-toot-thine-own-horn culture!
What accomplishments are you proud of?