I haven't had much to say about the manuscript these past couple of weeks, however I have been pre occupied with other, more substantial events in my life so the project has taken a back seat. I refer of course to the birth of my daughter last Monday (9/11/09 for you readers in the States). We welcomed Lucy Audrey Rose into the world at about a quarter to four in the afternoon and obviously we were quite blown away by the significance of the occasion. The past week has been taken up by getting used to the new baby, the new dynamic that our family now possesses and finding a level in our lives that will allow us to continue moving forward.
I spent a few hours whilst my serioso was resting and recuperating working on more edits to what will become the third draft of the novel. It has mainly been an exercise in tightening up the grammatical errors that carried over from draft two as well as expanding some key scenes which I felt were needed in order to lend some further gravitas to the narrative. One scene I am particularly happy with is an expansion on Andy DeVries battle with himself in order to overcome his drug addiction. I realized through the second reading that he simply walks away from a life of drug addiction without really suffering because of it. Having done some further research into this so called "drying out" I have included a description of Andy's own withdrawl from the substance that threatens to take a hold of him.
As it stands now, I am about two thirds of the way through this second edit. I have had some feedback from some wonderful people who volunteered to have a read through it and I am bouyed by their opinions.
I have successfully neutered a great deal of repetition from the original manuscript and have simplified the tome of the narrative. (I think that's how one describes it).
I emailed Michelle Halket from ireadiwrite publishing a couple of weeks ago to sound her out about the submission guidelines to her publishing portal http://www.ireadiwrite.com and I have to say I am really excited about the possibilities this portal throws up in terms of getting the novel out there, first as an eBook. I have also had some talks with some close friends of mine who operate in the local printing industry down under who have contacts in the print on demand industry. The possibility of a short run printing of my novel is definitely an option I am considering.
For now, the art of the write goes on. Check out my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/deanfromaustralia where you'll find some images of our new baby.
I'll be updating you all again real soon here.