It took a little longer than I had hoped, but I can finally say it. I have completed the first draft of my next book! I did it just in time for the 4th of July holiday no less. Given the content and subject matter of this book, I’d say that’s more than appropriate. Why? You’ll just have to read to find out.
Now comes the biggest challenge, which is revising. This is the part of the writing process that tends to reveal just how well I’ve thought things through. There are times when I’m re-reading a manuscript where I want to bang my head against the wall. It’s amazing what seems like a good idea at the time, but is actually really fucked up when seen with a fresh set of eyes. That’s why it’s so important to catch these things before submitting to a publisher. I never assume that I get everything right the first go around. It’s never wise to assume you’re that good.
I always intended this story to be fairly brief, but concise. It has a very specific theme to it and I didn’t want to get too elaborate this time around. I want to save those elaborate ideas for when I have an audience, however long that might take. I’ve got a long road ahead of me, but I hope this book will mark another step in that journey.