Today I am going to get a late writing start as I have a meeting with the accountant at 9:15 and a few errands to run afterwards - with the hope that I'll be home at lunch and can work the afternoon.
Yesterday was a day of positives. First of all, chapter eight that I wrote pre-second revisions turned out to be not as bad as I thought, and came back from my CP with minor tweaks. Which I tidied up, layering in about 500 words. Then I wrote about 900 words on the new chapter, which isn't stellar progress, but it's definitely okay.
Better than that, my editor e-mailed with comments on the first three chapters as we agreed last week this would be a good idea. Both to head off trouble at the pass, and for me personally it was knowing I would have some direction that I could apply to the rest of the book before finishing and handing it in. I have loved writing it so I was anxious. That's what happens when you start doubting your own judgment.
The comments were fab, in that there is a lot she likes and her suggestions were of the subtle shift/minor tweak sort. This means nothing truly changes with the foundation of the story as far as conflict etc. and I can carry on with the first draft. It also means that when I hit THE END for the first time, I can go back with a clear idea of how she wants the first chapters to shape up, and then let those tweaks trickle into following chapters. Hopefully the end result will be a strong, emotional, satisfying read that won't require an overhaul or me buying stock in Lindt.
So I'm feeling very positive about it and looking forward to writing the ending.
I also realized that I have three foreign releases this month - Falling for Mr. Dark and Dangerous (Attracion Irresistible) is available in Spanish on eharlequin and amazon. In Italy, Marriage at Circle M is out and The Soldier's Homecoming also makes an appearance in Greece.
Today comes very close to making up for the days when it doesn't go so well.