My visa stuff seems to be moving along a little bit faster than I had expected. I doubt I’ll be seeing anything until the middle of January, though, especially with the upcoming Christmas/ New Years vacations. So, for the most part, I’ve just been hanging out and writing and doing very little else.
Like I said above, I’ve been fiddling with Dreamstate II during most of my writing time. I started looking at the very end of the story and writing out a few different versions that I’d had in my head. I think I’ve settled on exactly what I want to have happen to draw events into the next book in the series. For a while I sort of knew where things were going to end up, but it didn’t pull anything along; what I’ve done now should really fix that up and I’m quite happy with the results.
In the same vein, the list of things that I want to change in Dreamstate II keeps getting longer and longer the more I sit around and think about the edits. I haven’t even started in on the nitty-gritty bits of text—this is just the big stuff. When I’m done with everything I think the story will be much, much stronger, and hopefully fix a number of the ‘meh’ aspects that had been bugging me about the middle-end of the story. I believe I’d talked about that a while back, where I felt like my story was lagging a bit; these changes are exactly what I need to push things along and not let it settle into boring-land.
All that aside, I feel like I really should just knuckle down and knock out the rest of the book. I spend most of my writing time messing with the middle bits that I’ve already written. I keep saying that I’m nearly done, and I have been for the past month—I just find other ways to distract myself with less obvious aspects of the book. I suppose I can’t really publish it until my visa has come through, but it would be nice if it were finished and just sitting on my computer waiting to be published. We’ll see, maybe I’ll be able to grind out the end bits and then all the nitpicking can just be another part of the editing process.