A few days after I sent it I realized I had not done a careful proof-read of the manuscript. I was eager to get it sent in because I feared I would continue fiddling with it—adding here, subtracting there, rewording elsewhere, and fairly quickly the "improvements" would be the opposite.
So I started the proofing and found a dozen typographical errors or content anomalies in the first 90 pages. Example of a content anomaly: I had a college sophomore and a college junior drinking in an over-twenty-one bar. Needed to fix that.
I emailed my editor at Gnome on Pig and asked her to pitch that copy into the virtual trash bin and I'd send her another by the end of this week. I think I'm done now...but then, I thought so earlier.
Regarding Saving Atlantis, I'm still struggling with a part of the climax. I needed to make a decision on the setting for the final conflict between protagonist and antagonist. Patient cogitation led me to the correct decision of where...now I have to figure out how to get them both there at the same time...and similarly armed. Bringing a knife to a sword fight is not the best strategy.
I am spending more time than I would like on reading and commenting on political stuff. Unfortunately, somehow, this country elected an incompetent. Cancel that. He is incompetent as a President of the United States. He might very well be competent as a dictator of some country without a Constitution. He is a competent con man and he conned millions...with the help of years of lies and fake news and "alternative facts" spread by the Republican Party.
He is a serial liar in the way that any recalcitrant 7-year-old bully is a liar. He has no shame about telling even the most obvious lies and throws a temper tantrum when people call him on it. The truth is not any part of his repertoire.
And the sad thing is, the millions of people that enthusiastically supported him still do, despite the fact that he has already proven two of his campaign promises to be lies. And the Republican Party is going to use this opportunity to absolutely put the shaft to women's rights, the middle class, higher education, personal freedoms, LGBT rights, the separation of church and state, health care for the working poor, the environmental protections, and probably other things not yet revealed.
The man has been President for less than three weeks. The Republicans still enjoy majorities in both houses. What I listed above is only what has become easily apparent in that short time.
I have always been an Independent. In fact, I am and have always been a pragmatist. I label myself as a Pragmatic Libertarian, but I will admit that most of my ideals are progressive. Our founding fathers were all progressives and I'm proud to include my ideals to be in the same general vein as theirs.
But right now I am cheering and supporting the Democratic party. I hope they can somehow slow down or even stop the revolting path the other party is taking this nation along.
Let us pray.