Monday, 10 August 2015
In the Groove Five by Five
The title says it all; though hopefully I won't suffer the fate of the Colonial Marines. I"m back from a sunny weekend in Brighton having caught the sun and everything to prove it. We went down to celebrate my best friend Alix's birthday, which by good fortune or happenstance is the same day as my partner's. So lots of celebrations and drinking all round – Pimm's was quaffed in large volumes. Also got to see friends, and my godson and his sister. So all good.
On the Sunday Alix gave me beta reader's feedback on my novel, which was most appreciated as she had put an awful lot of hard work into doing it. Very critical, but managing to be also very constructive, leaving me feeling more confident in myself. I've been having a lot of doubts about my ability to write an interesting story over recent months, and the discussion we had put things into perspective.
So, sitting next to me is a print out of Bad Dog with detail corrections, questions and annotations for me to work through. I feel if this is not the end, then it must surely be the beginning of the end?
Currently I'm about halfway through redoing all the call signs and phonetic shorthand revisions, having edited 43,969 words this week. My plan is to finish this round of edits first and then start working on incorporating Alix's edits afterwards. So I'm going to be a very busy person indeed.
So yee-haw, and see you all on the other side.