This story is very dear to me. It was the first books I ever wrote, and it has stayed with me all these years. I was fourteen years old when the character of Cai first entered my life. He hasn't really left, his story whispered in my ear at all hours of the night, his experiences tugging at the bag of my mind. This story was the reason I became a writer.
So, of course, I'm revisiting it, using my now nine years of serious writing to make this story better than it was when I first put it to paper. I have a lot more practice under my belt now, so the manuscript can only be better than the first time I attempted this story. It will also be better than the second time I wrote this story.
This is a complete rewrite. So far I have only copied and pasted once sentence from the old manuscript. That means, for all intents and purposes, that this will be the same amount of work as any new novel. If I manage to keep going at the pace I started, I should be finished within four months or so.
Then I must decide if I want to submit the manuscript, or if I want to self-publish. That decision is yet to be made. I will think on it more.
In other news, a review of Human has been posted to local e-zine Apt613. You can read it here, if you like. It's a lovely review, and, to my delight, the author of that review has also posted to Goodreads, offering Human a 4.5 out 5 star rating with a "strongly recommended." I'm very thrilled!
My painting, that is taking for frakkin' ever, is coming along. Yesterday I made huge improvements to the floor. The floor still needs work, though, so that is what I'll be doing this morning.
On that note, I'm off to paint, then write.