So. Two years after Viable Paradise 17, my submission novel is in beta.
Yesterday, I got a compliment re: the book from one of the beta readers. I haven’t got her full feedback yet (I told my beta readers that I wouldn’t be returning to the book until after I return from Scotland in late June, so there’s plenty of time). But her immediate gut feedback was quite encouraging. And unlike at VP when I got compliments from two writers I admire and a Tor editor, I didn’t feel a need to maintain a poker face, so I grinned from ear to ear. It was a great feeling.
Unfortunately, I then got an email that sent me into a towering rage. It passed, but the adrenaline surge of the anger, along with the blood pressure spike, left me feeling pretty awful for several hours. But I’m OK again.
While I patiently, yet eagerly, wait for returns from the betas, I’m focussing my work time on getting all my grading done, and my leisure time on video games and a critique or two I said I’d do.
But still feeling pretty good about this whole writing thing.