I’ve been hard at work this last week or so making some

First, I got started on editing To the East. That’s fun. It really is. I’ve made a ton of improvements, and I have a ton more that still need to be done. The second draft is going to be a very different story from the first draft, which I think is a good thing.

I knew the whole time I was writing TtE that it wasn’t as solid as TtN. I knew I was doing some things well, but the overall feeling and tone and flow was nowhere near where I wanted it. Writing the whole story first before making any edits has been a new experiment for me, and I don’t think I’ll know until the end of the process whether it is more or less effective than my standby edit-as-I-go approach. But I do enjoy editing, and I”m having fun with it for now. I’m excited for where this story is going.

Second, I put a lot of work into upgrading this website. Ta-da. Although as of now I get pretty much no traffic, so it’s not like anyone else will see and appreciate those changes, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I’m a self-taught webmaster, so any time I want to make updates it involves a lot of Googling and testing code and whatnot. When I first launched the site I got it going so it was functional, but I always knew I would want to make some changes when I had time. Since I’m getting ready to start promoting TtE in the next couple of months, I decided it was due.

If nothing else, I sure am having fun with this whole author nonsense.

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