Yesterday was another productive day in the cursory edit I am giving Human before I tuck it away for a month or so. I have to tell you... well... I actually don't hate this story. In fact, I'm quite liking it. A fair bit, actually.
Writing this thing was hell. I hated every minute of it. I just couldn't muster up the will to write a frikkin' vampire story. There are enough vampire stories in the world, thank you. Writing this thing took me all year, when usually a first draft takes me only about three or four months (Skylark was done in a month, but I pulled a lot of overtime on that one). I complained the whole time, as you know. Sorry about that.
Turns out, it was a good thing I kept at it, despite hating it so much.
The story is not bad. It's not my favourite story I've written. That belongs to the yet unpublished Great Man series, with Skylark coming a close second. Daughters of Britain is shaping up to be another favourite, if only because the protagonist is such an embittered young woman. She really is just a little ball of hate. And I really like her journey.
Anyway, I'm really surprised by how much I don't hate Human now that I am going through and editing it. It really did catch me off guard. I fully expected to want to throw my computer across the room about three chapters in as I have been known to do with really crappy books. That didn't happen.
So, now I am cautiously optimistic about this book and, more importantly, I am feeling much more secure about making this book my 2015 release. I think it's on par with The Seraphimé Saga, so I won't be embarrassed about having my name on the cover. This is a good thing. I can get excited about it.
Speaking of covers, I know exactly the image I want. I must discuss with Laura.
Right, so, it's back to my regular schedule. Welsh first, then editing. I should be finished the edits today. I need to fix something up and rewrite the ending, but that shouldn't take long at all. Then it's on to Daughters of Britain. I super excited about that one!
Got to get to work.