I think I have fixed all the little things that needed fixing in this round of line edits, so I can surface again.
I discovered tonight when I was finishing my edits that I still love these characters and this story. I thought by now I’d be sick of looking at it, or reading about them, but I’m not. So, even though I feel like I’m brain-dead right now, I am so excited that in four months and four days (but who’s counting?) I can share this with all of you.
I’ve had other stories I’ve spent lots of time on, lots of hours spent revising and rewriting, and by the time I’d finished, I hated them. Granted, I haven’t sold any of those yet, so maybe that will make a difference. I’ve actually gone back and reread some of those stories since finishing them and love them all over again, so maybe in this case, it is knowing that someone else already loves this one that makes me still enjoy it. Actually, more than one someone has enjoyed Hunting Medusa so far–one of my friends from a previous job, my agent, my editor, my critique partners–so perhaps it is the knowledge that I can actually do this that makes me think I am improving this book each time we edit, rather than just hoping I’m on the right track.
In any case, I’m still very happy to be able to come up for air. Going to the dreaded day job tomorrow will actually give my brain a break from the hard work I’ve been doing since my line edits arrived here over the weekend.
Here’s hoping that all of you had a terrific Monday to start your week! Mine was pretty darn good.