I am in that state of mental and emotional exhaustion that signals the end of a manuscript. The baby is ready to be emailed to my editor tomorrow. No more going over it anymore for now. It’s leaving my hands and will await the eyes of my editor.
The wonderful thing about the editing and rewriting process is that with each successive reading and the changes that result from it, the stronger the characters’ motivations start to come through. Dead wood is removed, things are streamlined.
My mind can now turn to vacation time. Hubby, two of our children, and I are heading to the south of France (from the Netherlands) for a week on the beach!!!! We are looking forward to sun, sun, sun. The Netherlands is a very rainy place.
We were blessed to find an apt. right on the beach at a reasonable price. We’ll be half an hour from the Spanish border and will probably drive to Barcelona at the end of the week to visit a family member there for a few days.
My mind can take a break so that when we return I can begin researching my next book, a Victorian set in London.
I’m looking forward to some fun beach reading next week.