Since finishing the first draft, I’ve read through Eyes of Diamond, Hair of Gold once now. That’s allowed me to identify a few issues that needs fixing and a few additions that needs to be made. I’m pleased with how things are moving along and where the book is right now. Most of what I set out to do has already been done and I think I can get the rest of my goals accomplished with some polish. I’m still looking at January as a release date and nothing has cropped up so far that would lead me to believe I won’t be able to hit that goal. Anyway, for the next 6-7 weeks I’ll be working on polishing this up until it’s my best book so far.
Monthly Archives: December 2012
With Eyes of Diamond, Hair of Gold finally being capped off with a proper ending, the writing phase is complete. From here on, I’ll be in the editing phase. That will entail multiple readings of the story, to give me a better feel for how the different parts of the story work together with the whole, to find and fix any of the odd mistakes that crop up with far too great a frequency, and to add any additional content that might come to along the way. It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to get all this finished before the end of this year, but a January release looks like a target that I can hit.
So far, my reading back through the story is leaving me satisfied. The writing is solid, the characters are varied and interesting, and the mystery is not so easy to figure out. It’s also not just a rehash of the story and mystery from Murder at the End of the World, which was one of my biggest goals. I wanted to create a location and story and mystery that were every bit as compelling, but without just reusing all the same ideas. So far, so good, but there’s still quite a bit more work yet to be done.