Tuesday, 31 December 2019
Happy New Year Eve, everyone!
Went into a black hole of end-of-year PhD work, dogsitting, and family get-togethers that took up pretty much the whole of December; hence the lateness of this update.
Biggest news to report is the ongoing rise of Discarded's funding level, thanks to some recent Xmas pledges; at the present rate, the early-spring finish line is looking more and more likely! I've recently started some preliminary chapter read-throughs and spot edits (have to keep some writing muscles fresh in the winter chill), and am just starting to get a feel for the magnitude of the likely editing that's needed; thankfully, this time, there'll be professional help. One of the easier (and funnier) changes was having to bump the timeframe for the book forward a few years; though I feel the story's good, I still want to keep it in the more-or-less near future, to avoid it becoming a "nostalgia" or "retro" scifi piece right out of the gate. :)
Not too much else to report for this post. The rough plan for next year's writing projects is being smoothed out, and may even yield a Kindle-worthy novel by March or a little later. Other than that, it's all PhD work and outlining until summer, for now; I'll keep you all posted, as ever. Enjoy the last night of 2019, and see you in the next decade! :D