For the record, before making my decision that I can’t turn my back on 90s Coming of Age Novel again, I did have a read through the first half of the first draft of Stalking Novel the other night. I have to say, I’m relatively pleased. The pacing is off and will need worked out, but I knew that was a problem from the beginning and I’m basically fine with making those changes.
All in all, though, I’m happy. The characters remain likable, in my opinion, if not downright lovable, and that’s half the battle right there. I’m always more comfortable working out plot related issues when the characters really come alive for me and I feel them in my heart. It’s the books where the characters aren’t sparking off the page, where I can’t seem to wrap my heart and head around who they are that really become problematic in the editing, I think.
So, I’m happy with Stalking Novel. I feel like it will still happen this year, I hope, despite putting 90s Coming of Age Novel ahead of it. The characters of Stalking Universe are not at all upset with me for putting them on hold, so that’s another indication that I’m making the right choice.
In other news, I’ve really got to find a better place to work on writing. My set-up right now is sort of untenable and it’s probably not even physically healthy. I’ve got to figure that out sooner rather than later. Also, I need a lock on that damn door.