Today in the magic Thermos - Rum Butter... Butter Rum? Buttered Rum? Damn it, I can't remember the proper flavour - flavoured coffee from JenEric Designs. It's called "Spiked Coffee" and it is absolutely delicious. And piping hot! Apparently, you can't buy it from their eStore, but I'm sure if you ask nicely and send along some money, they'll happily send you some.
I have some great news. I have finished the send edit of Human, and have sent it off to Beta Reader number one first thing this morning. Hopefully I'll have it back relatively soon (end of February) and can fix it up again before sending it off to Beta Reader number two. Having had the computer read the story back to me (a fantastic tool, by the by. I cannot recommend it enough), I am now feeling less like I hate the story and more like I kinda quite like it... even if it is a vampire story.
So now I'm quite looking forward to releasing it and no long cringe at the idea or feel like I have to explain that it's a 'vampire story' in an apologetic tone. It's a good little yarn, even if I do say so myself.
That means I can move on to Daughters of Britain again, though I think I might give myself the rest of this week off to get Human out of my brain and bring myself back to a better frame of mind for writing Daughters of Britain. That includes re-reading what I've already written. My style has changed dramatically with Daughters of Britain, and I want to maintain the quasi-archaic style of writing I have adopted for this novel. That means a lot of re-reading, a lot of re-researching (research always makes my writing take on the almost-formal tone of academia) and then a lot of time up in my own mind, reacquainting myself with the characters.
I think I'm also going to research publisher of Historical Fiction this week, to keep in mind for when I feel the manuscript is ready to be shopped around. I will attempt to get this one traditionally published, I think, though I'm not at all opposed to the idea of self-publishing it. I think I will shop it around for a bit first though. Shockingly, despite how horrible and dark the whole story is, it does have a relatively happy ending... Relatively. Enough that it makes me smile thinking about it.
I'm still trying to decide what to do with my six book The Great Man series. I think I can abandon the idea of having it traditionally published. It's been shopped around enough, I think. The question is, do I really want to jump back into the awfulness that was writing that series? I've spoken about this before, but writing that series gave me nightmares, made me irritable, had me crying in the wash rooms at work frequently and other awful side effects of writing an incredibly dark and unhappy story. Maybe I'll serialise it on Wattpad or something first. I don' know. I still have to decide. I keep changing my mind when it comes to this story.
Right, I have a lot of work research ahead of me today, so I'm going to stop bothering you and get to it. Have a great day!