I got it done! The ms is in the mail. There is something so satisfying, and yet scary about writing those words "REQUESTED MATERIAL" on an envelope. I sent the package off with a prayer and a hope they don't have to use the return postage provided.
I was amazed at how relatively painless it was to carve 8K words from this manuscript. I took out everything that wasn't necessary to the plot. This shows how much I've grown as a writer in the past two years, because when I originally sent out that ms, it was 98K words. Then I edited it last fall down to 93K and thought it was really tight. And yet, there were at least 8K words that were unnecessary. Objectivity is a beautiful thing, and while I know I'm not completely objective about this story, (I love it like crazy) I am far more objective about the writing itself than I was two years ago.
So, now what? The waiting begins. But I won't be idle. I'll go back to Drums of the North Star with more enthusiasm than before.
To all who read and commented on the last entry...THANK YOU! Celebrations are always more fun when shared with those who rejoice with you.
Be sure to ask Kaye Dacus about her own really cool news too!