The Work Never Ends

As I’ve said, the Damned Book, now tentatively titled The Widening Gyre (and that will probably have to change), is in Beta.

And yet, the solution to something that bugged me in the final chapter finally percolated through the grey matter.  Now, I swore I wasn’t going to touch the book until I heard back from the beta readers, but I wrote down some notes on how to fix that scene.

Then I sat down with my reference materials and plotted Book 2 out.  I’m not planning to start writing it until and unless Book 1 sells (or I decide to just do it anyway, maybe), but having it plotted out makes me feel better.  Book 2’s tentative title is Only Earth’s Rivers Run Free.

Then, because I need something else to work on, I conceived of my next space opera.  The setting is embryonic, and the book isn’t anywhere near even the plot stage, but the essential elements of that plot are in place.  We’ll see how it goes.  But the MC has a name, and a job, and a crisis to get through.  So that’s a good start.  Oh, and it has a tentative title, too: A Rage Across the Stars

In the meantime, I’ve got a critique to finish before I head off to Scotland. So that’s next on my plate, along with some home repairs/modifications I want to make next week, cleaning the place so we don’t come home to a mess, and packing for the trip.

8 days to Scotland.  Good grief.

The Book, it is in Beta

So.  Two years after Viable Paradise 17, my submission novel is in beta.

Yesterday, I got a compliment re: the book from one of the beta readers.  I haven’t got her full feedback yet (I told my beta readers that I wouldn’t be returning to the book until after I return from Scotland in late June, so there’s plenty of time).  But her immediate gut feedback was quite encouraging.  And unlike at VP when I got compliments from two writers I admire and a Tor editor, I didn’t feel a need to maintain a poker face, so I grinned from ear to ear.  It was a great feeling.

Unfortunately, I then got an email that sent me into a towering rage.  It passed, but the adrenaline surge of the anger, along with the blood pressure spike, left me feeling pretty awful for several hours.  But I’m OK again.

While I patiently, yet eagerly, wait for returns from the betas, I’m focussing my work time on getting all my grading done, and my leisure time on video games and a critique or two I said I’d do.

But still feeling pretty good about this whole writing thing.