Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.


A somewhat slow start to the final edit before my publisher sees the book. Many time-sensitive jobs to do, unfortunately. Who said ‘retirement’ would bring a less pressured life?

Anyway, I finally completed the development work on the website I’m designing for a local charity where I act as a trustee (anyone interested can find that here). A lot of hours, but a worthy cause.

I’ve done the work on the first three chapters of the scifi novel, passed them all through, an online grammar checker. That’s the longest part of this final process. I then placed them before my Beta reader. So far, that’s been the least difficult part of the process, with only a couple of amendments suggested for each chapter. The MSS currently stands at 71,354 words, which is short for one of my books.

This post was supposed to be scheduled for Wednesday, as we were celebrating my wife’s birthday on the day I normally place these posts. Unfortunately, I was so concentrated on ensuring the break went well, I forgot to put this into the schedule! Sorry about that.

Anyway, we spent a pleasant couple of days away. A distinctly soggy walk in different countryside close to the source of the River Thames in a brisk wind the day before her birthday. A short stay in a B & B in Cricklade.  After breakfast on the day, a visit to the Roman Villa at Chedworth to satisfy the historian in her, followed by a walk in the woodlands there. The weather was fine, dry and warm, which made the whole day lovely. In the evening, a tasty meal in the old pub where we stayed, so neither of us had to cook or wash up. We returned home around noon today, with a brief grocery shop on the way. And, after lunch, took a walk in the forest, where both the weather and brook were in ideal states for some photos I’ve been wanting to take for a while.

So, a slightly late post this week.

Back at it now. And aiming to have a dozen chapters complete in time for the next update.

2 thoughts on “Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

  1. The hardest part is getting that last edit done. Then comes the proofing, the ISBN purchase, etc etc – you totally lose interest in looking at the darned thing again!

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    1. Fortunately, my publisher does all the techie and legal stuff, Noelle. But I will have to proof read when his editor has visited the text, of course! But I don’t mind: I like to get the book as good as it can be.


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