First an update on the book.
This past week I got some EXCELLENT feedback from one of my reviewers. All of the points he made, my response was, "Huh. I never thought about that.", which is definitely what I needed.
A lot of what he said amounts to doing another reading pass, emphasizing some things, toning down others. A few things though will require all new (sometimes replacement) material. It's this that I have been focusing on.
I have an optional epilogue now that ties a loose end from the first book back to the villianess from the second. It reads well, but could be a little bit of a stretch though. I'm sleeping on it to see if I like the idea enough to pursue.
Worse still, there is a huge section in the middle where my protagonist changes personalities... and depends on it! That's going to be a nasty rewrite. And I have no idea how to play it differently. We'll see what shakes out, I guess. :)
Meanwhile, I'm working my rear off trying to get the homestead ready for winter -- which appears to be coming early this year. Wouldn't be surprised to find snow outside tomorrow, in fact!
I've got a deck and some windows that need repairs ASAP, as well as getting some greenhouses built and the rest covered. Eeek!
Well, I guess if I wanted things easy I should have stayed in suburbia and kept that nice climate-controlled cubicle downtown.
Live YOUR adventure!