The most valuable tool in writing is not your writing program. It's not the computer you use, the editing books you read, the playlist you make or the coffee you drink (though, admittedly, coffee IS very important) - but the human element of revision. The person who you can trust to read for you, edit for you and give you a sense of what you need to do to be a better writer.
I've been so lucky in my writing life to have some wonderful people surrounding me to give me critique. Ebyss has been a constant. She is one of the only two people (the other being Kim) who have read my entire book. Without her, my book wouldn't be what it is today. Not even close. Kim gave me the kind words and confidence to push forward with the revisions. They're both amazing people, and I'm so lucky to have them!
But I also have the here and there folk, like those of you who read this blog and help me. That kind of consistent shove into the writing world has helped keep me focused. Just loading up Twitter, and seeing all of the writing world converging in on itself is a blessing all it's own!
So, I guess this is a shout-out to everyone who has been so unbelievably awesome and helpful. I appreciate you all so, so very much!
Also, looking for one last beta read after these "final" revisions.
Have the time to read a 75K word novel? It's an adult thriller. Themes to be wary of: female homosexuality, sex scenes, violence, torture and child abuse. Just as a warning. But seriously, wanna read? BethanyRay.Goodman at gmail.
In other news,
I'm torn on NaNoWriMo... My novel is in revision - that one final revision. Part of me says to keep revising. To just look at submitting queries around Christmas and do NaNoWriMo for my own sanity. The other part of me says I have minimal revisions to do, and if I could just put down Fallout: New Vegas for 10 seconds I could knock them out.
Perhaps I'll work through them today and tomorrow, and make a decision after that. I could say I'd have them done by Sunday, no problem, except that I'm going back to see my family for Neewollah, and my mommy's birthday is on Thursday.
Sigh. I'm SO ready for a new project.