Okay, so I did indeed get my second pass editing done for Robin’s birthday, and she has now read the whole story. It was the perfect gift for her. Unfortunately she got a less welcome gift…a trip tot he Heart and Cardiac center with sever chest pain, elevated CK levels, a murmur, and an abnormal EKG.
Now that sounds very bad, and it was really frightening, but the good news is after a week and a half of testing it’s been determined there is no permanent damage and no corrective surgery is required. The cardiologist still can’t explain what happened or why, but he’s given her the green light to return to life as normal, so that is exactly what we are doing.
Okay, so that takes me back to what I’m doing now. Well, with the series now complete, I’m able to go in and make the changes to book #1 required now that the series is wrapped. I’m on chapter 22 of chapter 28 and the changes have been minor and easy to incorporate. I expect within the next few days I’ll have the “official submission” for Del Rey and it will be out of my hands until I get changes from my editor.
Sounds like time to celebrate, sit back and relax, right? Well unfortunately no. Usually I “ease up during spring and summer as fall and winter are my big “production time” for writing. But, there is a snag.
As the contract with Del Rey was going on, it turns out that what I understood as “competing” works and what they considered “competing works” weren’t the same thing. I don’t need to go into all the details, but the bottom line is that if I can’t get the third Royce and Hadrian book written and released by the end of this year, it will have to wait until 2019! Considering The Rose and Thorn came out in September 2013 that six years is WAY TO LONG. So, I’m going to life whatever mountains I have to in order to get it done by the end of the year.
I’m confident I’ll be able to get it done. The story has been building over the last few years and I’ve never missed a deadline yet. So, no summer vacation for me this year, but I’m glad to be going back to visit with my two favorite rogues and seeing what adventure they are going to take me on.