The first major edit to New Beginnings, the final book in the Hartland series is finished. It is now going to the Alpha reader who will let me know if anything needs to be fixed. I sure hope not, but as always will wait to hear what’s said. Of course, it will be with a rapidly beating heart. Any time someone reads something I wrote and tells me about it, there is a mixture of excitement and fear. Will they love the book? Will they hate it? Will they think it’s one of the worst books they have ever read? I hope to find out the opinion in a few weeks. And then of course, there will be probably a few more edits before we send it out to a couple of beta readers.
Since this is done, we’ve resumed work on the first book in the Ordinaries series. I started rewriting it in first person as it works better. As such, I have added over 3000 words from where I was when it was in third person. I am only a quarter of the way caught up to where I had left off on the book, unable to write any more on it. I wasn’t liking the way it had gone. The story was good but I knew something needed to change, so that was when I started fiddling around with the book and discovered that first person worked so much better with it. This book is actually the first real attempt at first person. I have tried in the past a few times and gave up pretty quickly. Apparently, what I needed to do to try out first person was find the right story. I have found it and it is moving along swiftly now. Hopefully, I will be able to keep up the momentum.
Book 2 in the Magna Luctus series, is plucking along slowly but slow progress is still progress. I don’t remember the word count we’re at on at the moment, but I know it’s over 30k. The first book in this series is still in the needs editing stage. There are some major edits that need to take place. We’re waiting to do these edits once the book series is done. So much is happening in this series, we wanted to write the entire thing before changing anything in any of the books.
And a different note, my husband bought be a different laptop over the weekend. The one I was working on had gotten squished under the recliner a few months back. It had cracked the screen and the hard covering of the computer. There was also something rattling around inside of it. I worked with the computer this way for a few months, irritated with it because it would randomly shut itself off. I would end up losing a few pages of work because of this annoying development. Fortunately, we no longer have those recliners. My back hates recliners but when we first moved to Savannah all we had was what could fit into a KIA Soul, which isn’t much, and the recliners were what we could afford. Now, we have a comfy couch which my back likes a lot better and cannot squish my new computer. Yay on both accounts!
With patience, things will improve. Your attitude will improve or worsen depending on how you choose to look at the situation and the world. For the moment, after spending months in a horrible mood and depressed, I have chosen to look at the good things in life. Things are certainly not perfect. They never will be, but I have come to realize that everything does happen for a reason, even if we cannot fathom what that reason is. Sometimes, we’ll never know what it is, but regardless, it changes nothing. Things still happen and we still have to deal with those things. What we do have control over is how we deal with them. We can choose to let them break us or we can choose to let them make us stronger and wiser.
I’d like to leave everyone with that thought for the coming week. Have a great week and remember to let the little things go!