Today I was outside in a t-shirt beginning the lengthy cleanup process that is our yard, and boy, was it glorious! Not the work, no! Being outside in the sun and fresh air, that was the glorious part. And yesterday, I took out my frustrations regarding how slow revisions are going on The Starry Rise by helping my husband smash down the old brick fire mantle in our basement. Goodbye wood fireplace that wasn’t installed to code!
This weekend has been a much-needed break from revisions. Who am kidding? There’s been more rewriting than revising. I assure you, I’m not trying to be perfect. I want quality for my readers, and unlike other writers who claim to write better under a deadline, I don’t. My writing gets sloppy. My revisions, however, are cleaning up all that craziness, and I’m looking forward to sharing the final volume in A Xiinisi Trilogy with everyone later this summer.
I’m not sure exactly how I will react once I hand off the second draft to my beta-readers. My feelings on that change from day to day, depending on whether I’m having a good day or a bad day with the story. The reality is I’ll probably get started on writing more stories, shorter ones, and get onto other creative activities that I’ve been meaning to do for some time now, which involve sewing, print making, and digital graphic design. Oh, and perhaps knocking down more walls! 😉