Wow, has it really been a week since my last blog post? Clearly I’ve had other things to do–particularly revisions. But more about that in a minute. Today’s Wednesday, and as usual, it’s time for the weekly What’s Up Wednesday catch-up, hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. What have I been up to?
What I’m Reading
I’m still working through A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin. As I mentioned last week, it’s a long book, and it takes some time introducing the world and the characters. But given it’s a multi-volume series–epic fantasy, I think you’d call it–that’s okay. You might be concerned that it takes a long time to get to the action, but it really doesn’t. It may take a while before you get to the heart of the plot, but Martin leads you there in a way that’s engaging, and with plenty of action. However, given the large cast of characters, I found it helpful that there are lists of the various houses and who belongs where at the end of the book. There are maps at the beginning too for those who like maps.
What I’m Writing
*FANFARE*: I have finished my first round of edits, and I am working my way through my final read-through. I anticipate being done with this read-through by the end of the week, at which point the novel will go to my first reader: my wife. She’ll read it, comment on what works and what doesn’t, and try to spot any inconsistencies or things that would pull the casual reader out of the story. Most importantly, though, she will give me her honest opinion as to whether the novel is worth taking to the beta reader stage. Of all people, she’s the one who cares most about my reputation (probably even more than me!). If she thinks this book is not worthy of me, she’ll tell me, and I value that opinion. If, however, she thinks it’s worth pursuing, then I’ll consider any changes she suggests, make any necessary revisions, and I’ll send it out to beta readers.
I have yet to formally and finally select the beta readers for this project. Some of you have expressed an interest in the past, but this has been informally in the comments of the blog. If you are serious about volunteering to beta read my novel, please email me. If you want to know what it’s about, check out the query I wrote for it HERE. I’d like readers who read in this genre (or thereabouts), and also those who don’t read this genre, but who are intrigued anyway. Thank you!
What Inspires Me Right Now
The thought that this novel is nearly ready to leave my hands, and I can start working on other projects. It’s been a long time since I’ve started something new (aside from flash fiction).
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Nothing strange or startling really, this week. And that’s okay. Having not much else to do has helped me make good progress with revisions.
How’s your week been? If you want to participate in What’s Up Wednesday, check out Jaime’s blog for details.