Eeeyup. Something good has come of being ill after all. Which is nice. Yesterday I wrapped up my edit of Clash Of The Animal Kings. Eeeyeeeeah! I pulled it all together and about 7ish last night it was done. I celebrated by watching The Butterfly Effect and trying to come up with another project to take up my time for at least a week before I risk giving it one last run through. But then, happy-happy-joy-joy, I’ll be able to head over to the website which will allow me to generate my proof copy. I’m really looking forward to it.
So far, it seems somewhat dreamlike, but I think, finally, when I get the package through the letter box and I can see my name on the cover, I’ll know that I can do it.
Though I tell you what; my confidence had a massive boost yesterday!
I finished Clash, so, of course, the first thing I did, was reopen the .doc files for SORB and read through what I was doing back in October. The annoying part of that is that I now need to find what the hell I did with my notes from that read through. -_- Because those are the last finishing touches before I force myself to stop editing. Because, of course, you can edit for ever and ever (and ever!) and never call something done. I need to be able to call SORB done soon.
Anyway, the confidence thing, that came from not only reading through SORB, but reading through the starting 14k words of SORB’s sequel; Walking The Razor’s Edge (WTRE) that I did around the same time. There are two versions but the most recent version dated May 2010 was filled with delicious lines that just made me curl my toes. I had forgotten how firmly and how strong I’d made my decisions about what these vampires are. I had forgotten exactly how I’d portrayed so some of the other vampires too, based back in London. No spoilers here, but their powers and their leader actually made me shiver when I re-read it. That’s a good sign. Couple that with the fact that I’m feeling so good about Clash, then I’m in, generally, a very good mood.
I think I’ll put an excerpt up of WTRE actually. I’ll put up the little section that I was reading yesterday though BEWARE as it does contain spoilers. Reading this excerpt will give away little snippets – certainly not all by any means, but enough – about SORB as the story for WTRE picks up a day or two after SORB ends. The flow is continuous and though SORB is a complete, stand alone story, the set up is there for WTRE to follow.