Off to the Beta Readers…

It’s weird. Really weird, but I don’t have anything that I can—or even should—do to my book, and that’s because I’ve sent it to a few beta readers. While I still have 1,000 more words to cut, I need to let it sit before I go through it for what is probably the 50th time.

And with that last pass, I was pretty pleased with it. I feel like it’s close, but as I mentioned last week, no one but my trusted critique partner has seen 70 or so percent of it, so now it’s time to find out what some other people think.

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Until I hear back from them, there’s nothing I can do. I don’t want to make any changes, not even axing a few unnecessary words, because the betas might find a major problem or have some excellent comments and suggestions. I want to be able to consider their feedback working from the same manuscript they’re commenting on.

Like I said, it’s weird. For three years, there hasn’t been a single day when there wasn’t something I could work on. From writing it to editing it to refining it to trimming it down, there has always been something to do. Even when I thought I was finished two years ago, I was working on the second half of the story (what I thought then would be a second book).

But now…well, it seems I needed to do some house cleaning. And I had some packages I needed to get mailed. There was that problem with PayPal I needed to deal with, and I had a stack of laundry I swear I did six months ago.

And did you know they rebooted Star Trek? No, really, they have new actors playing Kirk and Spock and Bones. It’s frakking awesome. They’ve made two movies already. I watched them both, and they’re totally rad. You should check into that if you haven’t seen them.

Last night, I even had dinner with a friend. Turns out that’s something a lot of people do, like…all the time. They leave the house, and everything. Who knew, right?

Yeah, it’s weird not having this thing hanging over me, even if it’s just for a week or two, but I’m doing my best to enjoy it while I can.

Until then, my hat goes off to this first round of beta readers for helping out yet again.

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