I’ve had a wonderful break. I have written some non-fiction articles, taken lots (and lots) of photographs and done a lot of constructive nothing (partly as this time coincided with a particularly busy period in the day job).
One thing that has been a joy over the last few weeks is a number of friends have had successes. The joy of writing is that it’s never a zero-sum – she wins, so I lose. If you have a group all striving to the same goal, their joys become yours and worthy of a party.
All this has successfully distracted me from doing any work on my own book. But now, it is time to (metaphorically) crack my knuckles, top up the coffee and get back to editing book 2. I have a fresh file of comments from my editor and I must dive in. The good thing in, I’m looking forward to it. Partly because getting someone else’s views on your book is always a precious resource. Things you thought were crystal clear are clearly not and there is the odd case of a tactful ‘are you sure the character would do this?’, which of course translates as ARE YOU MAD?