A whole year later and I'm finally at the red pen stage of editing. That's a black pen, but still.
I'm finally here, it's really happening, and even though this copy is just a proof, there is something utterly intoxicating about holding this book in my hands. I'm so, unbelievably pleased with it. I keep flipping to random pages, reading excerpts, and thinking, "Damn, this is good." And it really is. This is a great book. I've been able to tweak the story and prose enough at this point that it's there. Solid and watertight. And it is actually okay and a very good thing to feel that way about your work. That's progress for me, especially since I've had the shit kicked out of me regarding my writing more than a few times in the past two years.
There will, of course, be critics. Every book has critics, especially since there are always going to be readers out there who feel their opinions are God's gift to the world of literary commentary and critique. But for the first time (thus far at least), I'm going to be able to put a book on the market that I feel is honestly the best it can possibly be.
I hate with every fiber of my being the circumstances that inspired this story and compelled me to write this novel, but I am so f*cking proud to put my name on the cover.
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