On the personal side, my wife is home and slowly getting better. But her condition with the pancreas is permanent...there's nothing the medics can do.
I'm still working on the length edit of Saving Atlantis. Going through it the first time I was able to cut about 10,000 words, mostly by deleting two sub plots and abridging a third. Now I'm going through it again, scrapping a paragraph here and there. There's also another subplot I can axe if necessary.
What hurts is that the story will not be as good as it was. Besides being (only a little) envious of King, Koonz, and others for their financial success, what I really envy is that publishers know their books will sell so they can write novels as long as they think necessary.
Poor unproven writers like me must adhere to preferred word counts to get published, even though the shorter story is not as good as the longer version.
The publisher and I have been sending the PDF proof of Just Lucky, Book 2 back and forth, fine-tuning everything. I hope we've covered everything, and the final ready-for-publication version is error-free. I'm sure we've done the best we can.
If not by the end of the month, early in May the book should be on the market.
As I may have mentioned, I'm usually reading two books at once; one for twenty to thirty minutes before clocking in at work and one at home when I find myself in the reading room.
I'm about 80% done with King's Insomnia at work. At home I just completed The Frankenstein Papers by Fred Saberhagen. I'll be getting a double dose of King for a while...for my home reading I'm starting Book III of his Dark Tower series, The Waste Lands.
I've read the entire series, but I finished it over ten years ago. Books I and II, The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three I've read a few times and remember them pretty well, but the other five I've read just the once. So I'll reread them. I'm set for a long time with reading material.
Are you? Need something to read? If you like fantasy, or if you've never read any and think you might like it, both of my fantasy novels are pretty good. Prophecy of Honor is shorter and has only a little magic, though what there is is important.
If you don't like fantasy, the Just Lucky story is written for men and women over eighteen. There is romance, a little erotica, tragedy, vengeance, humor, family, friendship, and occasional bad language. It took two full-length novels to tell it all, and there was another novel's-worth of story I cut because those sub plots didn't serve to move the story forward. But I could write a full novel on stuff that I left out...which I might do if enough readers ask for it.
Although I've mentioned my books before here, I try not to actually advertise them. But once in a while...hey, why not?
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