Well, today has nearly gone. As expected I failed to finish The Woodsman today although I have managed to get to Chapter 17 – around eighteen thousand words to go. Of course – although it is a major rewrite – it is the third draft and so not quite as daunting as it sounds. Feel free to rib me mercilessly.
I’m probably a week to a fortnight of finishing the structural rewrite. Then, due to the amount of new material, I’ll need to do a line rewrite. The latter will probably have to wait a few weeks for me to distance myself from it a bit and then it’s off to my test readers. Hmm. Still seems like a lot.
My main aim now is just to finish the structural rewrite as soon as possible. Mainly because I haven’t really been writing any short stories – other than flash – while I’ve been working on it and I need to produce some in time for mid July. This is because I’ll be attending an Arvon course in late July, and I want to make sure I have some material to be ripped apart critiqued.
I wasn’t the only one who missed a deadline. Today is the day my brother’s daughter was expected to be born – I still can’t quite believe it: seems frightfully grown up. Anyway, I’m looking forward to going home soon and seeing everyone. It seems like ages since I was in Wales.
In other news, work is continuing on my new site. I’m struggling to find a theme that I want to use and so I’m considering whether a) I want to show advertising from day one or wait until the traffic is there and b) whether I want to just design the styesheet myself. To be honest I’m thinking I might be better off just getting content up there and worrying about a snazzy advertising integrated theme once I have the traffic.