"Crane Moon 2016" - Tap to enlarge or purchase.

“Crane Moon 2016” – Tap to enlarge or purchase.

I’ve been drinking copious amounts of green tea and racking my brain for most of this evening. I’m in the middle of third-draft rewrites on Dreamdrifter and I’ve hit a very interesting dilemma. There is a very sweet scene between two characters at the beginning of Chapter 6. I absolutely love it, but I don’t think it fits the overall tone of the book at this point. I need to decide if I should keep the scene and rewrite it, if I should pull it for use later in the book, or if I should just delete it altogether. I’m not sure which is the right answer, but I hope to figure that out within the next day or two.

A lot of work has gone into my rewrites of Dreamdrifter and I’ve been fairly quiet about the process up to this point. I’ve changed the overall tone of the book’s first few chapters to make it move faster. I’ve also woven more intricate subplots into the overall manuscript. Both of these decisions have required me to take a virtual machete to the first third of the book: hacking up and rearranging scenes within the pages with a ferocity that would probably make a butcher proud. Once I get done beating this book to a bruised pulp, then I’ll give my editor her chance to make the manuscript bleed all the more for the better. If I’m truthful, I have to admit that I always look forward to her special attention with equal parts, fear, trembling, and elation. Editing is always a difficult, heart-wrenching process. It is also the only way I know to take writing from bad to great.

The book’s rough draft is due to my editor toward the end of March and I had hoped to introduce it to beta readers before then, but time has slipped faster than desert sand through my fingers and I find myself brushing up against deadlines faster than I expected. I will, of course, still get copies of the book sent out to those who want to help me clean up those last gritty issues before publication, but that will have to wait until after my editor works her blood magic on it.

In the meantime, I will continue to write and plot and scheme and manage to drag my characters through all sorts of insane adventures for my readers’ particular pleasure. We’re still a ways away from my being able to officially announce a publication date, but I can promise it’s happening soon.

Until next time, may we each rewrite our world for the better.

Alycia

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