I must have been knackered last week because I didn’t even tell you guys that I’d met the HarperVoyager deadline. ^_^
It involved lots of late nights, lots of cursing and deleting and cutting and shuffling and very many cups of tea, but I did it. I polished off Silk Over Razor Blades as best I could and now it’s time to leave it alone.
By the way:
to all the people who read the piece and provided comments. Be it a sample or the whole manuscript, I can’t describe how valuable your feedback has been. Catching all sorts of things I would never have thought of, hammering at my grammar and continuity. This novel is now at its absolute peak because of you guys.
o.O I’m sure that if HarperVoyager don’t want the piece, I’ll find (more) problems with it, but for now I am resolved to leave it and move on. I sent in the details they wanted at 23:30 on 13 Oct after forcing myself to stay up and do that night. Tell you what though, I’m bloody glad I did, because when I looked at the submission portal on 14 Oct, it had closed! Even though submissions were supposed to be until 14 Oct. Apparently there was some sort of technical glitch, but I’m just glad that I didn’t have to worry about it. My heart does go out to those people who missed the deadline because of the glitch though. Terribly unfair.
Anyway, since I’ve made the deadline, I want to show off a little bit more (!!!), before moving on, so here is another six sentences form SORB, no longer a WIP but a CM (completed manuscript).
A few lines after Keith makes his comments about the ability of ‘Tech’ to find anything, his conversation with Brad continues.
“How do you get away with dressing like that?”
“I’m a volunteer who lives in the basement of this hole. Nobody gives a crap what I look like.” Fingers flying over the keys, Keith shrugged. “Take a look at the report while I sort this out. Your computer is about thirty years passed retirement age.”
I like this guy. I wish I had more space in the novel for him as a character. Unfortunately, his story just didn’t make the final cut. Ho hum.