Sunday night I finished editing the 44th page of my weekend goal. I didn’t do double or a hundred like I hoped, but I got my planned goal taken care of and I was satisfied.
I have 113 of my 308 pages completed, with a month and a half left to get the rest done. At 44 pages a weekend and 10 on a day during the week, that will take about three and a half weeks, ending in July, with two weeks for a final run through. Honestly, I want more time to do a final line by line spelling/grammar check, as well as formatting for publication. I know I’m underestimating that by tenfold and will need every ounce of time I can muster up to complete it.
(I just used tenfold and muster in the same sentence. Remind me to discuss Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon and how I tend to absorb the language of books I’m reading.)
But I’m not postponing that date (August 12th!!). Not for this. Something may come up but unless it’s something serious (car wreck, Rapture, Cthulu) I’m sticking to this date. So, I intend on increasing my pace. With the wife and son gone this week and a four day weekend, editing will be the goal. A lot of editing.
My goal: 195 pages.
In case no one did the math, that’s the rest of the story. It’s lofty, but attainable. I’ll have one after work night without family (easily 15 pages), Wednesday night as late as I want ( 30 pages) all day Thursday and that night (honestly, don’t know, maybe 50-70 pages???) part of Friday, and the rest of the weekend (44 pages as stated, but I think that is low considering I won’t work Friday). That doesn’t add up to what I want, but I think it’s a low ball figure anyway, and I am pushing myself as hard as possible.
At this point, I am tired of editing already. I’ve read about authors getting to the end of the book and hating it, absolutely sick to death of it. That’s a good assessment of where I am. It’s not the first time either, I was tired of it when I was polishing it for my beta readers. It’s just surprising, reading through it after almost a year and seeing the rough edges. I’m happy to report, the last couple of chapters (after the aforementioned BAD chapters) are pretty good and I was really happy with them.
All that is left is to see it through.