I can’t believe it, but I did it. Tonight I finished the first draft! It was shorter than I thought it was going to be. It’s got 18 chapters. But it’s done, and I have scheduled my editors to look at it so it will be available by the end of this month.
After this, I will take a brief break from writing to recharge. I wrote a little over 17,000 words in three days. This will give me time to finally finish editing a book for a friend. I know this friend will be relieved since I’ve been working on this for a long time. It’s been so long I don’t even remember when I started. I don’t make it a habit of editing other people’s work, just in case someone wants to email me their manuscript. Sorry, guys. I’m not a professional editor. I’m just doing this for a very good friend.
While I do that, I’ll also be cleaning up the mess I made in Patty’s Gamble. I have tons of misspelled words, lousy punctuation, repeated words, and other things that would make a critique group twitch. But at least the book is done and I have something I can work with.
Now I’m anxious to see how sprinting The Earl’s Secret Bargain will go when I get to it. I want to get Patty’s Gamble and this edit for the friend done first. Those are my two priorities. After that, I will see what I can do with The Earl’s Secret Bargain.