Things around the Tiki Hut may be a little wild and crazy this week, what with Christmas on the horizon. And maybe a little sugar high by both readers and me :)
I am happy to report, however, that gifts are wrapped - with the exception of two last-minute ones Live-In Handyman ordered, which have not yet arrived but are on the UPS truck. Somewhere.
Since I'm not hosting Christmas dinner this year, I don't have major housecleaning to do. Yea! Even so, there are still plenty of Christmas-related items on my agenda. But not so many that I can't find a few little chunks of time here and there to work on my manuscript. At least that's the plan.
I've indulged in some heavy thinking about my manuscript while I've struggled with ribbon and tape. One of my goals for this round of revisions was to make my heroine more in charge of her destiny at the climax.
As it was written, she did take charge of the situation, but only after the villain surprised her. Yesterday, I finally figured out a way for her to initiate the events that lead to the climax and be in control of the same ending without those events being planned by the villain. In the new version, it will be the protagonist - and the plan she makes - who outsmarts the villain. The genre is romantic suspense.
Of course I'm not at the climax yet revision-wise, but now that I have an outline for how to handle it, getting there should be fairly clear sailing with no major storms in the forecast.
After this draft, I'll be ready to start on regular manuscript clean-up and polishing. Yes! Finally.
This has been the manuscript from hell. Part of the reason has been LIFE. But another part is everything I've learned about putting a novel together while I've been writing this one. I've basically started over and redone major portions of it more than once.
So as happy as I am to have learned all that I have, I'll be equally as happy to say "I'm done!" when I finally do finish.
Well ... done except for the synopsis.
And the query.
But you knew that. Right?
I think I may have eaten too many cookies :)