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This All Sounded So Much Better in My Head: Adventures in Editing

I know, I know, I’ve been talking about my second novel for a very long time. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

freight train gif
Of course, sometimes that light is a train…

As I’ve said before, I tend to be a slow writer. It’s not the actual writing which slows me down, though – it’s everything that comes after: Revisions. Editing. Freaking out.

And The Wolf’s Lover has gone slowly, for a lot of reasons (like jobs, kids, and moving across the freaking country). But I think it’s a good story, and I’m excited to release it into the world.

I’m also excited to be at the last step of that journey:


I’ve already picked my story apart for inconsistencies, and gotten advice from a few beta readers.

Now I’ve got all 90,000 words printed and in a three-ring-binder, ready for me to take a red-pen-scalpel to each and every sentence. This is usually the process where I discover I’ve got a real weakness for fragment sentences and saying the same thing about fifty million times.


Yes, the above passage is the preview I posted here.

No, I am never satisfied. 😉

And yes, the editing stage is also where I discover I need more wine…

more fun with margaritas

If you’d like to beta read The Wolf’s Lover, do drop me a line.

And stay tuned for more updates!

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