Yay! Caught up at day job. My office has been plague-ridden these last couple weeks. My fellow editors have been out sick, and as a result, we’d fallen behind on the page proofs. But folks are recovering and we’re caught up. So I can dedicate more time to “Mortal Clay, Stone Heart.”
Yesterday: completed editing pass #2, hubby first-readered it, and as a result I cut 600 words(!). <--That's the reason he's my eternal first reader. He confirmed a feeling I had about a couple scenes but was waffly about, making me feel better about slashing them to bits. Pass #3 underway. Getting closer to fork sticking. [Edit: Sigh. I spoke too soon. A new batch of page proofs came in, and the editorial intray once again overfloweth. Snartleblast.]
Even with the editing coming in, that’s a lot of work on the story. Seems like this one has been coming along for quite some time?