Good news first: The Boy Who Loved a Dragon is approximately 90-95% done in terms of the manuscript.
Year 12 needs to be completed, Year 15 is under heavy revision, Year 16 needs to be completed, the rest of the Years are 95% done if not 100% done, and all-around plot-tightening and transition-smoothing needs to be finished.
It’s slow in going, but it’s getting there and Sefyrion the Editor has become the ‘Fixer’ and the word, according to him, is ‘things will get done’.
In regards to the illustrations, Ian has been busy at work and has made some awesome progress in that regard.
So that’s the good news.
Then there’s the – well, not-so-good news.
With The Boy Who Loved a Dragon being at around 90-95% done in terms of the manuscript roundabouts early March and with my foot finally being able to stand an hour or so of non-elevated sitting without giving me too much trouble, I thought I could make it a goal to crank in some additional time and push the number to 100% pre-edit for April.
It… kind of worked… and then kind of didn’t.
After doing a bunch of minor edits – plot tightening, plothole closing, smoothing out transitions, adding and subtracting dialogue, etc – my creative energy started fizzling and petering out and to be honest, it’s been something of a challenge to get it back.
Before I took the injury to my foot, I was going pretty strong in regards to getting in a consistent amount of writing time on a fairly regular basis and even if I had my ‘off’ days, I would be able to pick it back up fairly quickly.
Then the injury happened and… everything kind of went downhill after that.