I had several friends express interest in reading my book, and I knew I had to bite the bullet and let them.

It’s not so much that I hold it close to my heart like a precious baby bird and I’m afraid of it getting hurt out there in the real world. No, I’m actually eager to release it to the general public. I’m excited to get it out there and let people tear it apart.

The problem is, these are people I know. Which means, as much as I may adore them, I won’t be able to stop myself from taking their opinions with a grain of salt. None of them will ever be as critical of my work as I am. They’re nice people. But they’re people I admire and respect, so I am grateful that they would offer to read and provide feedback.

But there is value in getting some initial reaction before I hire an editor, so even though it made me uncomfortable, like I was putting them out asking for a massive favor, I’ve given copies to a few friends. And now I’m waiting. Waiting for any kind of response.

I got some great notes back from my sister, who was periodically getting pages as I was writing them. But I haven’t heard back from anyone else yet. I’m biting my proverbial tongue, trying to avoid being a nag. “Have you read it yet? Have you started? Have you? Have you?”

In the meantime, I’ve been hard at working getting my website assembled. As I mentioned in my previous post, I like to have a firm grip in the reigns of, well, everything, so I’ve been building the site myself. All the graphics, all the coding, all the architecture. I’m at the point now where I’m very close to have everything how I want it, and now need to start generating content. I have a few short stories I’ll be cleaning up and adding over the next week or so, and I’ll probably start blogging regularly.

There’s so much to do! In my characteristically tactical way, I’ve created a spreadsheet with dates to accomplish each step. And then, in my characteristically devil-may-care way, I’ve hardly stuck to it. However, I’m still determined to meet my end-of-the-year goal for publication, and I’m certainly making good progress. Onward!

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