I can hardly believe it, but I’ve finished the second draft of Aberration, and to my surprise, it only went up to 170,000 words. “Only” being a relative word, of course. That’s still almost 700 printed pages, but strangely, editing all those words never really felt like that bad of a slog, even if at points I felt like I was losing my sanity.
What’s left is one final read through to smooth things out before my beta readers take a stab at it, and then after that, the final book of The Xenoworld Saga will be published. Late September is my pie in the sky guess if all the stars align, but it will almost certainly be out in October.
Mostly, I’m relieved that the hard part is done. Writing the first draft, and then editing second, is always the hardest part. Of course, there’s plenty of work to be done, and fixing those slight bumps in the prose takes times. There’s still the cover, which has been tough, mostly because I just can’t find an image that I’m happy with.
Not really sure what else to write. Maybe there’s nothing wrong with a short blog post. The wife and I are just living our lives here in West Palm Beach, and are looking forward to hosting some friends for a few days. We’re visiting Miami and going up to Orlando for Disney World. After that, I’ll be back to working on the final draft, though I’ll probably sneak some time to do it here and there during the week.