I’m approaching the midpoint in initial Descent edits, which is massively behind where I’d envisioned I would be in April. I’ve been under a lot of stress in my professional life as I looked to transition from one career to a new one. Pair that with a nasty upper respiratory infection, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. In particular, the “is the new job going to happen or is it not going to happen” was a killer when it came to creativity and consumed so much of my mind that revisions fell to the wayside.
However, the answer to that question is yes! I’ll be stepping into the role of communications specialist for my local library system. I’m one of those people who frets about change so I’m facing this transition with both excitement and anxiety. While part of me is screaming “what have you done,” my rational self knows this is the right change for me and will result in less stress for my poor body, which decided in 2018 it couldn’t handle stress anymore.
There remains a glimmer of hope I will be able to meet an early August release date for Descent, but I acknowledge it may be pushed back. No matter what, I want readers to have a quality follow-up to Heritage Lost, and quality takes time to realize.
As I work my way through initial edits, I’m very pleased with the story. Has it had rough patches? You had better believe it! Chapter Seven, in particular, was a beast to work through, with massive revisions that include a case of scene musical chairs. Through it all, I’ve realized some strong character moment for Katya and Mina. I can’t wait to share their continued journey with readers.
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