Except for the fact that I'm not at all... Edits are cruel, cruel taskmasters and for some very strange reason I can't get the edits for Road to Home done. It's only twenty pages--if you remember I mentioned that there were so many issues the editor sent it back to me to fix before she continued on to the rest of the story--yet it's acting like it's one hundred twenty. Every time I feel like I've made progress I reach another hiccup that takes days to wade through. After which I feel excited that I've made progress, which only spins me back to the new hiccup. It's a never-ending cycle of doom and it's infuriating! I should have had Road to Home back to LT3 weeks ago and I haven't been able to come through.
I really am close this time. I think. I only have six more pages to go and I've already gone through them once. I can do it! Until the next damned hiccup appears, at least.
I do have progress to report elsewhere:
Lynden Leaves will have a new title in just three days! I do admit I have already picked the one I like best out of all the wonderful submissions to my contest, but there's still time for one I like even more to appear. Once I have the title I'll go through the story again for any last minute edits and have it submitted before the call closes on July 1st. It's always nice to feel like I accomplished something!
I have the edits for Heartbeat, my story for LT3's Satisfaction Guaranteed anthology call. I've glanced through them quickly and I'm happy to say that there doesn't appear to be any major rewrites or plot issues. There's definitely work to be done, but nothing near the scale of Road to Home. I'm saving these edits for after Road to Home is back with an editor, but I'm definitely looking forward to edits that don't fight me every step of the way.
I can't forget to mention that Paint, Guns, Money, and Love is coming out on June 4th, which is less than a week from now! The final chapter is up on LT3's serial page at the moment. What I don't understand is how the two people that negatively rated the story on Goodreads months ago had read enough of the story to downgrade it so heavily. The story hadn't even reached midway on LT3's serial release and they apparently already hated it. They weren't even kind enough to leave a review as to why! I hope everyone else has been enjoying it!
Speaking of feeling accomplished, Magnified is now the longest original fiction story I have ever written! It's currently at 46k and I haven't even reached the midpoint! I suspect it will take a long time to finish, but the journey has certainly been exciting so far. I'm still diligently working on all my stories and hope to have something from The Oracle Series ready to submit next.
Now that I've gotten that out of my system, I should probably stop procrastinating and get back to Road to Home. I will have the edits done before June! I can do it! And, yes, the pompoms might be necessary in this case.
October 3, 2018
If A Butterfly Don't Fly
November 14, 2018
The Coup and the Prince
December 12, 2018
Mell Eight is an author writing with LT3. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.