Good progress on the WIP: finished the back-and-forthing! YAY! I exported it from Scrivener so I can look at it with a different eye (and also to give to my beta readers in Word on Wednesday). I want to do one more full read-through before I give it to them, but I simply don’t have time. I’ll re-do the blurb, and get through as much of a final pass as I can before my deadline. Besides, I have short story selection for an antho, editing for a client, and a revision of Book 3 of my series are all looming, so it will be good to get the WIP off to my readers. I’ve picked a title (at least, for now): The Shadow Spy’s Wife.
Four day horse trip (with practice saddling and bridling, as well as hobbling and belling) gave me a bit more solid experience in my “you-never-know-when-you’ll-need-it” research.
Now I’m back at the revisions and it’s going well but SLOW! Too many interruptions (like answering all my emails from being away for 4 days). My goal is to finish the back-and-forthing AND do another read through by the 20th, so…hopefully I will be done on time to send it to my beta readers.
I finished compiling all my notes and chapter 1 critiques for The Shadow Spy’s Wife and began the first revision–managed to do my “back-and-forthing” rewrites for the first two chapters.
I not only took off for a hike this week, but I also got lessons in saddling and bridling a horse (and taking them off), and a riding lesson (turning, backing up, fast walk). Cool! I’ve ridden before, but haven’t done the prep work.
Finished the first draft of Shadow Spy’s Wife. Pretty happy with it. Now I’m into edits, but this week I’m going to catch a few days of good fall weather and get out for a hike. Sometimes it’s great to refresh the brain before doing the second pass.