Easter, and my wife, Valerie’s, birthday occurred in the last seven days, so progress has been interrupted. Valerie reached a ‘significant’ age, so I took her away for the day and night and we didn’t return home until this evening, after a smashing short break. Of course, I did absolutely nothing on the book during that time, although I did spend a little time reading some of Brian Cox’s book, Forces of Nature, whilst Valerie was preparing for dinner. A spot of ‘light’ reading as background for the WIP. ‘Light’? It’s pretty hard core science, but very useful.
I’ve begun the first re-read and am currently just over halfway through that. As a pantster, I never reread any part of the work whilst I’m in the creative phase, so I have to go back before I start editing in order to see whether there are any glaring inconsistencies. So far, things are pretty good, with only the inconsistencies I knew about as the plot developed. So, I should finish that aspect in a day or two and then the real work begins: the application of the editing notes, the consistency checks on each character, the modifications to the plot that occurred as I was writing, and, once those aspects have been sorted, the actual quality of the language, the tone, mood and expressive quality of the writing. At that stage, I’ll print off each chapter, do a physical read from the page, hand the chapters to Valerie for her perusal, check her observations, and then do a final scan of the whole book under Prowriting aid’s grammar checker, before sending the book off to my publisher for his team of editors to do their magic.
So, that’s the situation at present.
Of course continuing work by NASA keeps throwing up new stuff relating to Mars and Ceres, so I’m keeping an eye on that as well. But there’ll come a point where I can hold back from ‘finishing’ no longer and any new stuff will just have to be ignored after that.
If you’ve read the first in the series, Blood Red Dust, you’ll be ready for this second book when it appears, later this year, I hope!
My thanks to readers who’ve already penned reviews on the publisher’s site, Fantastic Books Publishing, Goodreads, and Amazon, recording their impressions to inform new readers. Such efforts really do increase interest and exposure for books in an overcrowded marketplace.