I'm knee deep in what has thus far been the ickiest part of the job to me - revisions - but I'm faring well with mixed feelings. Marks of a Horseman, my upper MG adventure, is really becoming strong thanks to incredibly insightful critique partners with spot-on suggestions and observations. I should be able to get that first 50 pages sent to my agent by the end of next week and I'm really excited to hear what he says. Unlike the other things I've written, MOH falls on the commercial end of the spectrum and in today's market that makes me hopeful. I still have another 200 pages to revise, but it's a start.
My other manuscript, my YA LGBT book - CAST IN GOLD - is also in revision stages based on some of my agent's suggestions. But here I'm faced with uncertainty and doubt. Are the motivations clear? Is there enough of an axis for the novel to spin around? It is contemporary and somewhat quiet - there are no demons to slay - so the revision is more difficult. An uttered phrase here, an interjection there, it is the tiny points that will make or break this one and it is terrifying. I adore my main character and I want to give her the best chance possible to be introduced to readers.
So, did anyone get any work done since last Thursday? I'm done for the day and am actually going to spend some time in a darkened movie theatre this afternoon. I've been angsting to see THE HELP and today's the day. Loving my three day weekend!