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The deadline to have VH beta-ready was pushed back from Christmas -- for some very good reasons. That little push-back was not, however, supposed to be so long! BUT I am almost done, and I am bound and determined to be finished by March 7.

I am also hoping that saying that publicly will keep me true to my word!

Part of the problem has been learning how to work with my Beast -- lately she has been more interested in exploring the second book than improving the first. Bah.

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sartorias
Feb. 28th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Good is better than fast, if you don't have an outside editor breathing down your neck!
blairmacg
Feb. 28th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
Amen to that.

And Beast may be onto something. Perhaps there is something in the second book that will impact revisions for the first.

When you need a beta, let me know. I really liked the opening and would like to see more.
aanna_t
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
I am trying to overcome my perfectionism (which constantly threatens to make me freeze up) by giving myself these deadlines. If I have a deadline then it is "okay" for me to work toward a 95% solution rather than insisting that everything be 100%.

I also have a weird fear that a "real writer" would be done already.

Stupid mind games. =P
sartorias
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Kill that fear ded ded ded. Kill it. You are a real writer, as real as any other writer. The question really is, will the text, once it leaves your hands, connect with readers? That's your job now, to try to find that balance point between your vision and the readers you want to attract.
aanna_t
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly.
queenoftheskies
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Blair is right. Sometimes we learn about what we're currently writing by what has come before or what comes after.

I'd also like to volunteer if you need any additional beta readers.
aanna_t
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the beta offers =D

And, yes, you and Blair are both right -- I have see some aspects of the first book differently because of the way the characters react in the second.

This insight delights my Beast and dismays my Editor. lol
queenoftheskies
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
LOL, I'll admit that I have the same fight with myself all the time.
thanate
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that balance between making things actually happen and doing prep to make them better in the long run is hard. (Still need anymore beta readers?)
aanna_t
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
I was hoping you would beta for me =D
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