I've heard it suggested that one should do one's first read through all in one sitting. I think that might have been possible, had I been content to read all night. However, there is only so much sleep I will lose. Even for my writing. And I did have an exam today, so I read Part One (I have parts, did I mention that? I think It's awesome) and left Part Two for today.
My reactions so far?
Before I get to that, I think I should probably tell you about Warprize . . .
This is Warprize.
|Can you see the see-through dress?|
And it is supposed to be the guy with blue eyes.
Those are clearly female blue eyes.
It was published in 2005 by Tor Romance. This is from Tor, people.
It is rife with character inconsistencies, bad dialogue, implausible situations, men who move like hunting cats and wear nothing but black leather and chain mail at all times (even though they're in a desert?), battle rage, slavery which turns out not to be slavery, amazing non-sex, see-through dresses . . .
And I love it dearly.
In fact, I find it very motivating. I would even say it has become something of a luck charm for me. Warprize was the first book I read where I stopped reading to think, "Good heavens, my writing is better than hers." I keep it with me to remind myself that if this can get published, I can get published. When I'm feeling especially gloomy about my prospects I read bits of it to myself and to Susan and find I cheer up almost immediately.
So, how did I feel about my manuscript?
As I set the last page of Part One down on the table in front of me, I found myself thinking, "Hmm. It's better than Warprize."
And that is very encouraging.