Today in the Magic Thermos™: nothing again. I had every intention of making coffee this morning, but ended up sleeping in a little too late to get it done. In my defence, I coughed a lot last night. I'm really tired this morning.
Yesterday was, despite my complaining, quite productive. I did really well in my Welsh lessons and I've almost finished editing Human for the second time. I may just get to send it off to Beta Reader Two this week. Finger's crossed!
I keep bouncing between thinking this story is meh to thinking that it's actually pretty good. I can't decide. Yesterday I posted that I think I might actually like this story. This is true. It's actually quite a good story... so far. It might turn out to be disappointing after all, but so far, having been away from the story a while, it's been quite entertaining.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to feedback from Beta Reader Two who, like myself, just really isn't into vampire stories all that much. His perspective will be really interesting. A bonus with editing this manuscript is that I'm not nearly as attached to it as I am to The Great Man, which I will be working on rewriting after I finish writing Daughters of Britain. That means I am not quite so precious about criticism as I might otherwise be (though I do try hard to hide my preciousness. Seriously, constructive criticism is so important). Hopefully that will translate into much stronger writing all 'round.
So yeah, I'm mildly impressed with the story thus far. I don't know why this would surprise me, after all, I wrote the damned thing. Still, I'm mildly impressed with myself. I think it's because of all the crappy vampire stories I've read (back when I wanted to get into the genre but... ugh... no).
I am, as I wrote yesterday, incredibly busy. I am currently Beta Reader for two other authors. I've been struggling with a way to balance editing for others and keep up with my own work, so I think I might juggle it this way:
First, edit a chapter a day for author one; edit Human for the rest of the work period until Human is finished.
Next, edit a chapter a day for author one, a chapter for author two, write Daughters of Britain for the rest of the work period until edits for author one are complete. This will, alas, cut into my daily word count, but at least I am still writing.
Next, edit two chapters a day for author two, write Daughters of Britain for the rest of the working period.
Continue until one is finished, spend the remaining time focussing on whichever one is left to complete until complete.
Then I have to figure out a new schedule because I will be rewriting one book, editing another for release (the Your Very Own Adventure project needs some serious editing before I let that one out into the wild), and probably wresting with a new story idea (I feel the seeds of one floating in my brain).
Gah! So busy!
Since that is the case, I really need to be getting on with work. Here is an awesome picture: