I have finished the extensive edits to Sky Road Walker and it has been sent of the Beta Reader One. The book is finally in the last few stages of edits and I couldn't be happier. Trying to get this manuscript cleaned up and vaguely publishable has taken a long, long time.
Now I can get back to writing Daughters Of Britain. I had stopped writing it precisely because I wanted to have Sky Road Walker in with the Beat Readers this year. In order to achieve that, I devoted all of my writing time to editing, rather than parcelling it out as I usually do when it comes time to edit manuscripts.
I can now devote all of my time to finishing the rough draft of Daughters of Britain. As I have been away from it for so long, it might take me some time to pick up the threads of the story again. I'm a little nervous that the story has died. Hopefully not. Probably not. I have the ending so very clear in my mind.
I do suspect that I will have to make some fairly extensive changes to the manuscript, though. I was floundering a little there for a bit, with no real clear direction one way or another as to how to progress. This happened with Human as well, actually. I made one small change in one characters occupation, and everything fell into place. Something similar will probably happen with Daughters Of Britain.
However, in order to preserve my sanity and energy, I am taking the rest of this week off from all writing obligations. In this time, I'm permitting myself plenty of daydreaming. But it's focussed day dreaming. I'll be re-reading what I have written thus far on Daughters of Britain, and then letting my mind work through the knots and kinks in the story on its own time. Hopefully, by Monday, most everything will have sorted itself out.
Since I'm already past the halfway point in the word count, I'm guessing that it will take me about a month or two to finish the manuscript up properly. Then it gets filed away for a couple of months while I tackle my next project.
My next project is this:
The Great Man.
Yup. That terrible story that gave me nightmares and vicious mood-swings while writing. I've decided to self publish it. Extensive rewrites are needed, I think, before the first book is publishable. I will be aiming to have the first book, The Third Prince, published in 2017. Sky Road Walker will be my 2016 release... unless I get The Third Prince rewritten and respectable well before Hallowe'en of next year... In which case, I'll try to have it out for that release schedule. We'll see.
So, that's where I am at the moment. Except for this week, during which I am nowhere.
Right, I have Welsh stuff to learn.